EVERY PERSON WILL DIE. BUT WHEN?
Have you ever asked yourself, “What happens when people die?” We all ponder this question. Actually, the question you should be asking yourself is, “What happens to ME when I die?” Now it’s getting a little personal. It’s ME we’re discussing. The truth is, “You are going to die!” This is one appointment in life you will not miss. It can’t be avoided. Face reality. You are on your way to the local mortuary. Do you realize you could possibly die today, maybe tomorrow, 10, 20, 30 years down the road, but eventually it will happen. You just don’t know WHEN that date and time will be. So what happens to you then? Are youI going into an afterlife? Let’s examine that.
IS THERE AN AFTERLIFE?
Okay, so I know I die. So the questions on your mind right now should be, “Where do I go? Is there an afterlife?” A majority of people believe that when you die there is an afterlife, even though they may not be very religious people. People millenniums back knew of an afterlife. Look what the Egyptians did for their Pharaohs. Almost all religions today believe in an afterlife.
Most people don’t think about dying until they get old. Some people try to suppress or deny it throughout their life, but their conscience still speaks to them. “Where DO I end up when I die…REALLY?”
-Will you be reincarnated as an animal, a bird, or even another man or woman, as Hindus, Buddhists and New Agers believe? -Do you cross your fingers as a good Muslim, hoping your good deeds outweigh your bad deeds as you stand before Allah? (NOTE: Allah is not the same god that I worship as a follower of Jesus Christ.) -Will your existence be snuffed out like a candle, as atheists / agnostics believe?
There seems to be a lot of people with opinions on the afterlife, but they have never died and come back to life. I’m not talking near death experiences. I’m talking about a “lifeless body at the morgue.” Only ONE can attest to this, and it’s not Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, or any other religious leader. Jesus Christ is the only one who died and was resurrected from the dead, so He can tell us all about the afterlife… and He did. We’ll examine that later on. Now we’ll look at what part of you ends up in eternity?
A BODY AND A SOUL
All of us have a body and a soul. You are who you are because of your soul, not because of your body. Your body, since birth, is on the declining road to bodily death. (I’m pretty sure you and numerous others don’t like to be reminded of that.) Now, when you die your soul, which exists for eternity, is separated from your body. The body vanishes over time. When you are dead long enough, nobody remembers you were here. I personally don’t even know where my great-grandparents are buried. These people were my own flesh and blood. I do know one thing though… their soul is in eternity in one of two places. Either heaven or hell.
“Just as God lives forever, we who are made in His likeness will also live forever.”
HEAVEN OR HELL
What do you think of the Christian doctrine of having only one of two destinations after you die? NOT one of three destinations as some religions believe. During your life you will make many, many decisions but you only have one of two choices regarding your eternity. Will it be heaven or will it be hell?
Heaven? Heaven sounds good but it seems so boring. Clouds, harps and wings as presented in cartoons. May I say, “You will be more alive and active in heaven then you ever were while living on this earth today.”
Hell? Hmmmm. I’m not sure about that one. It sounds terrible. Fire, devil with a pitchfork, suffering forever. It sounds serious but many people joke a lot about hell. “I’ll be partying with my friend down there” or “I’ll see you in hell.” It’s good for a laugh but let me tell you that hell is not a laughing matter. The most malicious thing you can ever tell someone is, “Go to hell!” Think about that… earnestly think about that statement. Hell is a place of pure torment that I would not wish on any person. It breaks my heart when I think of all the people who will die today and are headed to an eternal hell.
You may already have questions like:
-Will I go to hell because I don’t believe in all that Jesus stuff? -Will I go to heaven for being a good person like I’ve been? I mean, I am good. -Will there be a problem getting into heaven after I die and I speak to God?
These are some very important questions. Hopefully, I can help you through your concerns. Let’s grab our spiritual GPS and find out about “Death, Heaven and Hell.”
1 Peter 1:8-10 Though you have not seen Him (Jesus), you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation (rescue) of your souls.