Draining the Styx
Draining the Styx
By Shawn Boonstra
 

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Life is hard, then you die. It's the truth

No matter how cleverly we disguise death with silk-lined caskets and magnificent bouquets, we are powerless to stop the inevitable: you will die. It is well and fine for your mourners to share heartfelt stories and mournful songs, but they will be going home, and you will still be in a casket.

Is that too blunt?

In Greek mythology, the river Styx separated the land of the living from Hades, the abode of the dead. When death came for you, the ferryman carried you across the river to the other side.

Are stories and myths of ancient civilizations enough for you when it comes to death? Or do you want to really know what will happen when you are left alone in the graveyard?

“By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread,” the Bible warns us, 
till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19, ESV). Life is hard, then you die. It’s not just a bumper sticker or an Internet meme. It’s the truth.

But there is hope. Do you want to know more?