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The Meaning of Meeting your Maker

Death is a concept that is shared by all human beings. ‘Meet your maker’ is a phrase intricately connected with the idea of death. It draws upon the fear and uncertainty that is natural when we are faced with the unknown.  We each live with a fundamental set of beliefs that determine what we do and why we do it.

What we believe about life after death is one of a few core principles that determine our choices. The manner in which we face death is greatly affected by what, if anything, we expect to see on the other side. The continuation of existence following death carries with it some sense of accountability and consequence for the manner in which we have conducted our lives on the earth.

We each have an origin; a place we began. Scientifically, we understand that we came into being through the uniting of sperm and egg, but this phrase assumes an even earlier beginning. To be made is to assume one who is the maker. A maker is one who brings into existence through creative thought and thereby has a right to determine the use to which the item made is put. There is an emotional connection between the maker and the one made as well a responsibility for the one made to represent the maker in a worthy manner. To have a maker is to have a purpose; a reason for being. The greatest loss to society of a mechanistic, materialistic viewpoint is the loss of such overarching purpose that goes beyond the here and now and creates within the individual a sense of worth that is not limited to one’s circumstances.

Global human rights, the belief that each individual has worth specifically because he or she is human, is rooted in the idea of a maker who exists beyond any local power or authority.  There is no governmental organization with the authority to remove these human rights which are a product of the one who made each one of us.  As a result, governmental powers of any kind can be held accountable for their treatment of people in ways that strip them of their human rights.  Such a belief is consistent with a striving for justice; an attempt to hold people accountable for their actions and to bring into the world a sense of order and rightness.

Our choices interact with the expectations of our culture and the laws that have been put into place by those cultures. There is a continual desire to bring into our communities justice and fairness, but such attempts are regularly foiled by those who use raw power for their own ends.  One attempt to curb such use of raw power is to challenge people to consider that they will one day be held accountable for their actions by the one who made them.  When they die they will in fact live on and be called to account for what they have done on the earth. They will have to take responsibility for their actions and suffer due consequences. They will one day have to ‘meet their maker.’