A 14 year old girl won the legal battle to have her body frozen after her death, the BBC News website reported this morning (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38012267). She died in October and her body has been taken to the US to a cryogenics facility.
This is her heart rending letter to the court:
"I have been asked to explain why I want this unusual thing done. I am only 14 years old and I don't want to die but I know I am going to die. I think being cryopreserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up - even in hundreds of years' time. I don't want to be buried underground.
I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance. This is my wish."
Who could deny someone such a desire? We long for life after death. That's because, as the Bible says, we were created for eternal life and not death.
According to the BBC "The cost of preserving a body for an infinite amount of time is estimated to be around £37,000."
And that's criminal.
Not because it's a lot. But because it's so little. There is no way that that is enough money to store a body for a significant amount of time. Let alone attempt to revitalise it with future technology.
A £37,000 bill just shows one thing. The people freezing this girl's dead body in no way think that they are going to have to store it beyond their lifetime. And they certainly don't believe that they are ever going to bring her back to life. They just want her grieving mother's money today.
They are no better than the "builder" who turns up on the doorstep of the elderly woman promising to fix her roof, who then replaces a couple of tiles and makes off with thousands of pounds.
The real heart break is that there is the certain hope of life after death. Not based on future technology that doesn't exist. But based upon the past work of God in history.
In His Son, the Lord Jesus, He has died our death for us. And then through Jesus resurrection He has proven that death has been defeated once and for all. So that Christians know that one day they will be raised. Not with a defrosted resuscitated old body. But with a glorious transformed resurrection body.
"....then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
Cryogenics promises a future life that you pay for with hard cash, and for which there is absolutely no proof at all. That is a crime.
Jesus Christ promises a future life paid for by his own sacrifice and proven by His resurrection. That is a gift.