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Corpse Brides In Demand In China

Church/Bride of Christ Death Superstition

Source: “Women’s bodies stolen from graves in China for bizarre ghost weddings,” STAFF WRITERS, March 1, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-23

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:55 ; 2 Corinthians 11:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A corpse bride can bring in as much as $20,000 in China. According to the staff writers at news.com.au:

This is the alarming reality facing rural families in China, who shockingly regularly discover the bodies of loved ones have gone missing. The practice is fuelled by a belief that a newly deceased bachelor must be buried alongside a woman.

According to the bizarre tradition, which was outlawed under Communism, elderly single men are given a “bride” to be buried with when they die, with some considering it bad luck to pass into the next life without a female companion.

Some believe a “ghost wedding” prevents their dead bachelor relative becoming restless and returning to haunt and bring misfortune to the family.

Ghost weddings date back 3000 years, but despite being stamped out by China’s ruling Communist party, the belief still exists, particularly in rural areas. The ghoulish ritual involves a corpse being reburied next to the dead man while drums are played in front of relatives.

APPLICATION

These poor people suffer from an  uninformed fear of death, seeking better "luck" to navigate its mysteries. And to make matters worse, they fear the dead themselves, seeking to placate them so as not to be haunted.

Ultimately, what this ancient culture suffers from is the lack of influence of the Gospel.  Not understanding the joys and assurances that a knowledge of the Truth brings, the void has been filled with superstition and fear.

It is not a corpse bride you need by your side as you journey from life into death. It's The One Who conquered death itself.  In Christ, and in Christ alone, death loses its sting.

"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Additional Application:

What these bachelors need in death isn’t a dead bride, but a resurrected Groom!

“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him” (2 Corinthians 11:2).

The Ugly Bride

Marriage Justification (Positional) Church/Bride of Christ

Source: "Groom files lawsuit against bride day after wedding for looking ugly without makeup" by Tanya Malhotra, World Wide Weird News

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-01

Scripture: Revelation 19:7

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ILLUSTRATION

A man in Algiers is seeking $20,000 in damages for the psychological suffering he endured after waking up from his honeymoon with an ugly bride. The lawsuit was filed the day after the wedding when the groom claimed that his wife defrauded him by wearing heavy makeup until the morning after the wedding.

APPLICATION

There’s no chance Jesus is waking up with an ugly bride! The Church, The Bride of Christ, need not fear that the make-up of her pretenses will be wiped away, exposing her flaws. That’s because, as His bride, we will be adorned in the robes of His righteousness. On that day, the Bride of Christ will never be more beautiful!

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).

God Loves Us First, We Love Him Last

God's Love God's Patience Ingratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-05-06

Scripture: 1 John 4:10 ; Romans 5:8

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ILLUSTRATION

In the blockbuster movie Forest Gump, there’s a beautiful picture of God's love.  It’s seen in the relationship between Forest and Jenny.  From childhood, Forest loves Jenny.  But Jenny is too enamored by worldly things and looks past Forest in her search for fulfillment.  Jenny strikes out in search of fame and success but finds disappointment and heartache instead.  All the while, Forest waits for her to come home to him. 

Forest loved Jenny first, before everything else.  But Jenny failed to appreciate his devotion until the very end of her life.  Although Forest picked Jenny first, she picked him last. 

Fortunately, Forest's love for Jenny was so selfless that he did not resent her for doing so.  

APPLICATION

In the same way, our first choice in life isn’t God.  Enamored by the world, we look past Him to all of the things that we are sure will bring us lasting happiness.  

But while we're doing all of that, God waits patiently for us.  We pursue everything that life has to offer before we were willing to look to the One who gave us life.  And even though He gave His life for us, we hold our life back from Him.  

But after the idols we preferred fail us, God is still there, patiently waiting and willing to be picked last. 

And that's what we do.  At the end of ourselves, and despite ourselves, we reluctantly turn to the One who loved us from the beginning.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10, NIV). 

"But God has shown us how much he loves us--it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!" (Romans 5:8, GNT). 

What If God Canceled Us?

Forgiveness Politics God's Love

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9 ; Hebrews 7:25

Author: Neal Pollard
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Protecting Your Identity

Identity Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-07-14

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; John 10:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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If You Pay For Anything, You Pay for Everything

Grace Works Salvation Atonement

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; Romans 11:6

Author: Allen Snapp
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A Picture of Pure Love

Love for God God's Love New Birth

Contributed By: DEAN KAHLICH | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; 1 John 4:19

Author: DEAN KAHLICH
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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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The Importance of Every Member of the Church

Spiritual Gifts Holy Spirit Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Joe Chebat | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12 ; Romans 12:4

Author: Joe Chebat
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The Broken Xylophone

Sin Human Nature God's Love

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: Romans 3:9 ; 1 John 4:10

Author: James Miller
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