104 Years Old!

Posted on July 2, 2020


By David Ettinger

“Mortal” Congrats
Olivia de Havilland is one of my favorite actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Era. In fact, I own on DVD several of Ms. de Havilland’s greatest performances: Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind (81 years ago!); Virginia Stuart Cunningham in The Snake Pit; and Catherine Sloper in The Heiress.

I read with great amazement how just a few days ago she celebrated birthday number 104. Furthermore, she is in good health both physically and mentally. This is quite the accomplishment – in a long and exciting life filled with them.

Regarding this latest astonishing milestone in Ms. de Havilland’s life, of course I say “congratulations!” However, I must qualify this. My well wishes exist only in this mortal existence of ours, and have no relevance to her immortal destiny.

“Immortal” Wishes
As a Bible-believing Christian, I have no choice but to think in these terms as I truly do wish that Ms. de Havilland’s immortal destiny is one that will be spent in heavenly glory with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Of course, Ms. de Havilland’s immortal destiny is totally dependent on what she has done with the Lord Jesus Christ already, or at least by the time she takes her last breath in this abnormally lengthy mortal existence of hers.

To unbelievers, these thoughts are crude and offensive. I certainly don’t mean to be this way – especially when referring to a beloved Hollywood icon – but these thoughts are biblical truth which no one can escape.

The Bible is clear that ALL human beings are born in sin. In the Psalms, King David tells us: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). From the Prophets, Isaiah tells us: “We ALL, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way” (Isaiah 53:6). In the New Testament, the apostle Paul tells us: “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Because of our sin, we are separated from God. John 3:36 tells us: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life [in Heaven with God], but whoever rejects the Son will not see life [eternal residency in the Lake of Fire], for God’s wrath remains on them.” 1 John 5:11-12 echoes this vital truth: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has [eternal] life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have [eternal] life” (emphasis added).

The Good News
The above tells of the fate of men and women apart from God, and it is somber indeed. However, the Good News – or “Gospel” – is that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the price on the cross for the sins of the world.

John 3:16 triumphantly declares: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Romans 6:23 declares: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And Romans 5:8 tells us: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And how do we access this “Good News”? Romans 10:9 says: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Acts 16:31 promises: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved …” And Acts 2:21 says: “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Happy No. 104, Ms. de Havilland
I hope Olivia de Havilland has confessed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, thus assuring her eternal salvation. I can’t imagine her receiving any greater birthday wish than this!