'Here is one area where Christians have a wonderful opportunity to stand out as different from our contemporary culture. Our contemporaries are obsessed with healing and the extension of physical life at all costs. What a pity that we Christians imitate them in that! When we talk about the hope of healing and the relief of physical pain, our contemporaries love it and they flock to our "healing services" with high hopes. But when we talk about glory lying beyond the grave and our sure hope of eternal life they are brought up short and are forced to face their own eternal destinies.'
Mark Ashton, On my way to heaven: Facing death with Christ, p.11.