What happens when we die?
Is there life after death?
"Why would God want a 15-year old boy with Him? It doesn’t make sense" asked a grieving father at the funeral of his son who had drowned while swimming with friends north of Sydney in Feb 2012.
The boy (let’s call him Allan) and his twin brother were "inseparable".
"Allan really loved [his brother], he loved us and now we won’t see him again," said his father.
Imagine the twin brother’s grief.
Imagine the parents struggling not only with their own grief, but also the grief of Allan’s twin and their other children.
There were many opinions from his family, friends and others of where Allan is and in what state of existence.
We not only struggle to make sense of this world with its suffering and random tragedies, but most of us have no clear idea of what happens to us when we die.
Atheists of course have their idea; we cease to exist in any way whatsoever.
Let’s however look at reality; God has revealed it in the Bible:
From all the comments of his family and friends, Allan had a good heart.
God looks at the heart, not the outward appearance.
We don’t know all that is in a person’s heart however I am sure, for good reasons, that Allan died in a saved condition.
The Bible describes death as being like a dreamless sleep.
The body disintegrates, but God puts into His memory, as it were, the person’s character, personality, mind, emotions etc -all that the person was- so that He can re-create that person when the time comes.
Allan (himself, his "soul" or his "spirit") is not with the angels.
He is not an angel himself.
He is not in Heaven looking down on his grieving family (that would make him so sad!).
He is not up there with a bunch of strangers (albeit nice ones) all the while missing his family and friends.
He is not in some intermediate place (e.g "purgatory").
God is not like that. He doesn’t work that way.
The Bible is clear on this.
Allan is, as it were, sleeping.
His next conscious thought will be when Jesus returns and re-creates (resurrects), with perfect, "glorified" bodies, all those who are "asleep" and saved.
Those of us still living, and saved, will also receive glorified, immortal bodies to join the resurrected saved and we will all head for Heaven together!
Imagine the peace and comfort that Allan’s family and friends would have if they knew the truth!
If they invite Jesus into their hearts as their Lord and Saviour, they will be assured of being re-united with Allan, for an eternity of wonders that we can’t even begin to imagine!
Including back on a re-made Earth!
An Earth with no sadness, no sorrow, no conflict, no sickness, no suffering, no death.
This is simple, beautiful Biblical truth.
This is another piece of the picture of God.
It fits perfectly...
The Truth about Death website provides all the details.
Researcher and author Daniel Knauft uses Scripture and the writings of Plato, Augustine, and C. S. Lewis to unravel the truth about what happens when we die.
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