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Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageIf you haven’t heard it by now, WOMEN LIVE LONGER THAN MEN. Just take a visit to any nursing home and you’ll see it’s true. Most of the residents are women. "But, why,” we ask? Do women take better care of themselves? Get more exercise? Is it part of their genetic make-up? Some women have told me that it is simply that women are better, smarter and stronger than men. Others say it has to do with lifestyles. Do men have more stress, worse diets, and more physical work? All these things, we are told, may take its toll on the life span of the male.

The point I am making is that we are often searching for answers. We often ask "Why?” Why does a tornado cut through a small town in Kansas destroying businesses and homes and taking several lives and another twister skips harmlessly through a field? Why did it have to be our loved one that was hit and killed by a drunk driver?

We hardly go a week, let alone a day, without hearing that innocent people have been killed by a crazed individual, a terrorist, or an aggressive enemy. A bomb goes off in a market place killing dozens of innocent people. Why did this happen? Why were some killed and others spared? Some say it is just fate or luck. You happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some blame God. Others lay the blame on man. "God must be punishing them for something they did.” So what is it? Why do these things happen?

The first answer Scripture gives is that we live in a sinful world made up of sinful people. The world we live in is burdened by the curse of sin. Famines and floods, hurricanes and tornados, earthquakes and forest fires were not part of God’s original design for this world. These things came as the result of sin.

Adam and Eve also brought sin into the lives of every one of their descendants as well. The Bible says that our sinful nature is passed down to us from our parents at the time of conception. (Psalm 51:5, Gn 5:1, and Jn 3:6) Simply put, sinful people do sinful things.

There are times when God brought down his judgment on people, places and nations. The flood of Noah’s day wiped out most of humanity because of their wickedness. Sodom and Gomorah, Ahab and Jezebel, the heathen nations that inhabited Canaan, are just a few of many examples where God’s judgment was poured out.

In the opening verses of Luke13 Jesus was told that some Galileans were killed by Pilate while making an offering at the temple. From Jesus’ reply we can conclude that they thought that God was punishing these Galileans for something they did. Jesus simply says, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?” He then goes on to ask them about the eighteen who died when the tower of Siloam collapsed on them. He asks, "Do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?

While we are often trying to figure out why something happened, we often miss the bigger picture. Jesus makes this point when we then says, "No, but I tell you unless you repent, you too will perish.”

It is not so important that we know why this or that happened or how someone died. What is more important is that we are prepared for that day when it comes to us. Unless we repent of our sins, Jesus says, we will perish. Unless we confess our sins and put our trust in Jesus as our Savior, we will not only die but spend eternity in hell and under the condemnation of God. Jesus says it clearly when he says, "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. He that believes not will be condemned.” Don’t ask why. Just be ready! Repent and believe in Jesus!


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