Oh my, here's another thing that good ol’ Betty got wrong. She apparently expressed this profoundly misleading idea without ever having visited a nursing home, and before she fell into great old age herself and died on her 85th birthday.
Betty, you see, was not only the author of The Feminine Mystique, the book that kicked off modern feminism by purporting to liberate womankind from serving others instead of self. She was also a diehard agnostic and a signer of the Humanist Manifesto II--that influential 1973 declaration featuring an absolute rejection of any sort of God and enthusiastic promotion of unlimited abortion “rights.”
Bottom line: Betty was one of the many who have, over the centuries, approached old age in angry denial of eternal life.
Talk about a “grave error.”
Because if the Bible is correct – and it is, even though so many prefer to deny it – then there’s an eternity awaiting each of us when we leave these earthly bodies behind. And anyone going there without benefit of Jesus Christ is destined to live unhappily everafter.
What those who share Betty's ideas fail to understand is that Jesus is the only true source of women’s liberation – and men’s, for that matter.
What they also miss is the fact that aging is a stark reminder that God’s patience with us will ultimately run out, that we will not be occupying these earthly bodies forever, and that we’d best do some serious research into eternity while we are still capable of doing so.
If you have aging loved ones whose spiritual states looks more like Betty’s than the born-again Christian’s, please don’t wait another day. Introduce them to Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation detailed in the Bible. And then beg them to repent and place their trust in Him to have paid the penalty for their sin, in full, on the cross.
Those who take your advice will be eternally grateful. Those who don’t – well, at least they will have been warned.