John Adams on Suffering and Eternal Life

Written by on October 11, 2013 in Christian History

John Adams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaOnce bitter political rivals, but now reconciled as friends, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were prolific in their correspondence later in life. Not surprisingly, the subject turned to matters of faith. On August 9, 1816, John Adams wrote Jefferson about a renowned Dutch pastor, and then turned to the sufferings of this life and the hope of eternity:

“Promise me eternal life free from pain… [W]ithout the supposition of a future state, mankind and this globe appear to me the most sublime and beautiful bubble and bauble that imagination can conceive. “Let us then wish for immortality at all hazards, and trust the Ruler with His skies. I do; and earnestly wish for His commands, which to the utmost of my power shall be implicitly and piously obeyed.”*

John Adams testified that there was more than suffering and superficiality of this life, that there is a God who reigns, that He is our hope of eternal life free of pain, and that we are accountable to obey His commands. That is another lost episode in American history.

Read and Reflect: Read Rev. 21:1-4 and reflect on the promise of an eternal state where there will be no more pain and compare that with Adams’ letter to Jefferson. Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the promise of life forever with you, life in your presence and in your blessing. May we be found faithful in this life so that we enjoy your affirmation and reward in the […]


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