From a funeral homily by Jack Collins:
On Saturday, I heard Jackie say, “No parent should ever have to outlive their own child.” I heard the same words from my father’s mother when my father died; and my wife and I said the same thing when we lost our first child. The pain is horrible; the loss is beyond our ability to describe.
When we feel this grief, we are feeling that it’s just not right for this to happen. We don’t want our loved ones to suffer; we don’t want to be separated from them by death. We want to be sure that they are happy, and we want to be able to enjoy their company always.
The Bible tells us that these feelings we have are right. Death and suffering are intruders in God’s good world; they don’t belong here. And the story of Adam and Eve, the first human beings, tells us how these evil things came in: When these, the parents of us all, disobeyed God, they opened the door to all manner of sin and evil, not only for themselves, but also for us.
You don’t need me to prove it; it’s all around us. It’s why we are here today.
But the Bible story doesn’t end there: instead it tells us about how God wants to help us, to heal us of what is wrong with us.
Related: Neal Plantinga on sin:
- Book: Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin (Eerdmans, 1995).
- Article: “Sin: Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be” (Christ on Campus Initiative, 2010).