Greg Laurie Addresses the Deaths of Bob Saget, Betty White, Norm Macdonald
By Movieguide® Contributor
We have lost many popular comedy stars over the past few months, leaving many people to think more closely about death and the afterlife.
Author and pastor Greg Laurie shared his thoughts on eternity in an essay.
In addition to mentioning the recent deaths of Betty White, 99, and Bob Saget, 65, Laurie also wrote about Norm MacDonald, 61.
In Sept. 2021, Norm Macdonald died of cancer at age 61. Macdonald quietly fought his cancer battle and continued in his comedy work. He often spoke about the afterlife and Heaven.
Larry King asked Macdonald about his “religious views” in an interview.
“I’m a Christian,” Macdonald replied. “It’s not stylish to say that now.”
Larry King then asked, “Are you devout? … You believe in the Lord?”
“Yes, I do,” Macdonald said.
Larry did not know he was interviewing a man facing death every day in his fight with cancer. He then asked Macdonald, “You think that you’re going somewhere when (life) ends?”
Norm said he did.
Larry said he could not believe in an afterlife because of all the evil in the world.
Norm responded, “It sounds like you have a God-shaped hole in your heart.”
Larry did. We all do.
Norm Macdonald once posted these words: “Scripture. Faith. Grace. Christ, Glory of God. Smart man says nothing is a miracle. I say everything is.”
That sums it up perfectly.
While Macdonald spoke up about his conviction of Heaven, White and Saget did not.
When White died, Saget wrote, “Well, if things work out by Betty’s design— in the afterlife, they are reunited. I don’t know what happens when we die, but if Betty says you get to be with the love of your life, then I happily defer to Betty on this.”
Sadly, Saget died just days after White.
For Christians like Laurie, we have reassurance of what happens when we die.
“I am not an expert on the afterlife, but I am a student, not only because I am a Christian and a pastor, but also because my son, Christopher, died in 2008. I have thought deeply about what happens when we leave this life and enter the next one. Here is what has brought endless comfort to me: There is a Heaven, and Jesus has made a way for us all to go there,” Laurie writes.
Laurie’s belief in Jesus comforted him after his son’s death because he knows they will meet again in Heaven.
“For the Christian, the moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our next breath in Heaven,” Laurie wrote. “Because Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose again, I have hope for the afterlife. And I know that I will see my son again.”
However, only those who call upon the name of the Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
“There is an afterlife, but you need to be ready for it. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people,” Laurie says. “Jesus said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you may be also” (John 14.2). Only those who are prepared to die are genuinely ready to live.’”
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