Last Words of the Rich and Famous is the title of the tenth episode from season three of The Way of the Master.
The scene takes place in a gloomy and misty graveyard (staged).
(00:00 - 00:10)
- Ray "Why are there such things as typhoons, tuberculosis, cancer, meningitis, things like any of the thousands of terrible diseases that bring nothing but pain, suffering, and death."
- Kirk "Is this the way that God planned it? That is what we are going to look at in this program."
The Intro to this program shows Ray and Kirk asking several questions in line with the are you a good person? routine.
After the Intro, the camera displays a public protest, calling for the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Then jump to Ray interviewing random people who are not part of the protest.
(00:43 - 01:20)
Ray asks the man if he ever thinks about death and why he will die. The man says he does. Ray asks if he is afraid of dying, but the man says that depends how he dies. Skip to Ray interviewing two young ladies if they are afraid of dying. One lady says she is not afraid of dying, she just does not want to die. When Ray asked why does everyone die, she says "because that is how God made us."
(01:22 - 01:45)
- Kirk "Lets look at an average day on God's beautiful Earth. Today's dawn defines the usual 20,000 children starved during the night. Others have died during the day by being bitten by poisonous snakes, spiders or scorpions. Attacked by sharks, devoured by lions, tigers, and other man-eating killers. Or infected with diseases from blood-sucking mosquitoes."
(01:46 - 01:59)
- Ray "Perhaps today we will have a surprise volcanic eruption or an earthquake that will crush families to death. Maybe a surprise tsunami will drown a town or a city. Cancerous diseases continue to take their toll and cause thousands to die in agony."
(02:00 - 02:24)
- Kirk "Multitudes perish from fatal elements that have always plagued mankind from asthma to tifoid, leprosy, heart disease, and today human beings will be struck by lightening, drowned in floods, killed by hurricanes and tornadoes, tormented by plight, pestilence, and infestation. They will be inflicted, devastated and be brought to ruin. Now that to you might sound like the Book of Job, but just watched the news tonight."
No news is shown, rather back to the street interviews.
(02:25 - 04:11)
Ray tells his interviews that we live in a fallen creation, and asks if they believe in that also.
(04:12 - 04:35)
- Ray "There are three main alternatives to explain all this suffering.
- There is no God, it is evidence by the chaos - That is ridiculous because creation proves there is a creator.
- God is totally incompetent and can't control his creation, or won't which makes him a tyrant
- There is another explanation, one which the Bible gives from the state of the world."
(04:36 - 05:14)
- Kirk "This is the biblical explanation for why there are so many terrible things in this life. In the beginning, God's original creation was good - with no disease, no suffering, pain or death. But when sin entered the world, through the disobedience of one man (Adam) it brought about what is called The Fall. And because of that, we now live in a fallen creation. Suffering, disease, decay, and death came as a result of sin. So, the Bible gives us a reasonable explanation for why we now have all this suffering. It makes sense."
WOTM quotes Romans 5:11
(05:26 - 05:41)
- Ray "many years ago, a young woman found herself in a hospital tragically dying of an unknown disease. As her mother sat on the bedside, she said Mom, you taught me how to sew, how to cook, how to clean, you have taught me how to live, but you didn't teach me how to die."
(05:42 - 06:03)
- Kirk "How do you teach someone how to die? Is it even possible to do such a thing? Well to answer that, let me ask you another question: have you ever wondered why some people are so interested in religion? I mean' isn't religion the ultimate party pooper? Or something that was created by powerful men to keep the common people under his thumb?"
(06:04 - 06:42)
- Ray "The issue of why people look to the Heavens is a mystery, until we think seriously about it for a moment. There is a huge elephant in the room called death, and he is going to eventually stomp on all of us. When we realize this, it makes sense to see if there is anyway to avoid being stomped on. That is why people usually become a believer in God, the giver of life. Some are slower than others to get to serious thought, as those around him get stomped on and once they buried their bodies, it slowly dawns on them that they too might have a problem. A big one. It is an issue that anyone with a brain thinks about, but few people talk about."
06:43 - 07:42)
- Kirk "When Barbara Walters was asked about the afterlife, she said I think that everybody wonders, is there life after death?....What I feel more and more is how important it is to live your life a better way, and not worry about it. What happens will happen. When Barbara was asked if there was a Heaven, and would she expect if she would go there, she answered 'I have no idea.' She did not have any sort of religious upbringings, saying once again ...I really do believe the most important thing is the way you live your life on earth. But I think it's enormously comforting to believe that you're going to see your loved ones. Perhaps the most sobering of times for any human being is when he or she is on their deathbed. In those last moments of time, we tend to open our hearts and expose our fears. So now, lets look a some fearful last words of some famous people."
- Napoleon said "I marvel that where the ambitious dreams of myself and of Alexander of Caesar should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant - Jesus should be able to stretch his hands across he centuries, and control the destinies of man and nations."
(08:02 - 08:43)
- Kirk "He also said that "I die before my time and my body will be given back to the earth. Such is the fate of him who is called the Great Napoleon. What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ." Ludwig Beethoven, famous composer said, "Too bad. Too bad. It's too late." Queen Elizabeth 1 of England said, "All my possessions for one moment of time." Thomas Hobbes, the famous 17th century philosopher once said, "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark." "
(08:44 - 08:58)
- Ray "Socrates, the classical Greek philosopher once said, "All of the wisdom of this world is but a tiny raft of what we must set sail when we leave this earth. If only there was a firmer foundation on which to sail, perhaps some divine word." "
(08:59 - 09:08)
- Kirk "There IS a firm foundation. There IS a divine word. It's called the Bible. But so few listen to and obey its divine instructions."
Jump back to the street interviews.
(10:31 - 11:41)
- Ray "I once dropped a friend off at the crematorium (he was alive at the time) and as I looked the crematorium I was affectionately known, I could not help but notice how nice they made it look. They had an inviting path with beautiful flowers on each side of them leading up to an open door. Inside was made of tasteful wood. Everything was so neat and nice. The undertaker was no longer called the undertaker, but a funeral director. The coffin was no longer called a coffin, but a casket. The Hearst was no longer called a Hearst, but a coach or limousine. And there was even a language for the dead person: we are the deceased and passed on. When your time comes, you get your own little place in the ground with a rose and a pot with your name ascribed to it - with your birth date and your death date. Kinda makes you look forward to your turn doesn't it? NO, NO AND A THOUSAND TIMES NO!!! It does not matter how much they dress up death, no one in his right mind wants to try it on for size. So when the Bible says that Jesus Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality through the gospel, if there was one chance in a million that it is true, you owe it to your good sense just to listen."
Street Interviews: One 2 one
Ray gives a lady several pictures of old and deceased famous individuals, and asks her what they have in common. She says they are all dead and once big legends. Ray then asks her where a person goes after death. She says Heaven or Hell.
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