There are plenty of things that money can buy. It can buy possessions and comforts. It can buy conveniences and pleasures. It can even buy fame, power and friends, at least to an extent. It can buy the finest medical care in the world, and the best drugs to ease the pain, but it cannot eliminate pain itself, or suffering and death, which comes to everyone. This is what the city of Babylon gets to experience in chapter 18 of the Revelation:

Give her the same amount of torment and grief as she gave herself splendour and luxury. She tells herself, ‘I am a queen, not a widow, and will never experience grief.’ So all her troubles will come in one day: death, grief, and famine. She will be burned with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful. The kings of the earth, who slept with her and shared her luxury, will weep and wail over her, when they see the smoke of her burning.

As technology develops, we have the ability to cocoon ourselves more and more in a virtual reality, a world of our own making, in which we think only pleasant thoughts, engage in entertaining activities, and shut out the world or harsh reality. However, for each of us the clock is ticking. Our lives are running out, and death will one day come. Either we confront the reality and deal with it, or it sneaks up on us to interrupt our foolish self-deceptions as a horrible surprise.

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