One question above all other questions arises at sometime in everyones life. The question being; What happens after death, do we just cease to exist, or is there some kind of another life after this one? This is most certainly a very perplexing question.
Some people simply refuse to think of death, while others ponder deaths mysteries at great length. Some people try to cram everything that they possibly can into this life, just in case this is all there is. Others live serene lives with a hope of some kind of future life. In short, this question causes many different responses. Though scientists have several different theories regarding life and death, most of them agree that; life is energy, and that energy never dies, it just changes form.
An example of this in the form of a quick and simple experiment is as follows.
Take a match, any kind of a match, and light it. Briefly observe what happens as the match burns. As the fire burns the match it creates light. When the match burns up the fire is gone, but the light from the fire will for eternity speed 186,000 miles per second through the universe. The conclusion to the experiment is, the fire is the energy or life of the burning match, though the fire dies when the match is consumed, the light or energy (which is the life) is still there, speeding throughout the universe. So, life is energy, energy never dies, it just changes form.
Now, let us try to find out how the experiment applies to our own lives. We already know, so scientists do not have to tell us, that our spirits control our bodies, not the other way around. The spirit is the life of the body, just as the fire is the life of the burning match. We have discovered that when the match is consumed, the light will continue on forever. But what happens to our spirit when our bodies cease to function? Does our spirit, just as the light, continue on for eternity? This is where an answer gets tuff to find.
Let us examine some of the theories pertaining to life and see if we can find an answer to this very perplexing question.
Let us start with the theory of evolution. Briefly this theory proposes that man had his beginning as a one cell creature probably from the sea. And through time evolved from species to species until becoming present man. There are numerous flaws to this theory, but we will examine only a couple of them.
First, if man evolved from some other species, such as an ape, then why has not a link been found between the two? With all of the archaeological findings, certainly at least a trace linking the two together should have been found by now. But, as of yet, there has been nothing discovered to support the theory. The second major flaw is that theory deals only with the body of man, and not the essence of man, which is the spirit. The theory of evolution deals with where the body might have come from, but not with where the spirit, (which is the life of man), comes from or where it is going. The third and most important flaw which must be addressed is, that the evolution theory does not explain where that first cell came from that we supposedly evolved from, nor does it explain where all the material came from which constitutes not only this planet that we live on, but all of the planets of the universe.
The next theory we should consider is reincarnation. This is the belief that the spirit, upon the death of the body, moves to another body, sometimes a similar body and sometimes an altogether different body. There are many major and silly flaws to this theory. Though the flaws are too numerous to state here, we should examine a few of them. Questions which quickly come to mind are; What does the spirit do between bodies? Why should a spirit remain in a body that is bed ridden by disease or injury, why does it not just change bodies? Why would a spirit leave a body with knowledge, only to enter another body without knowledge? Why does the spirit not remember previous bodies? Or, if the spirit leaves the human body to go into another form of body such as an animal or whatever, why does not the spirit communicate this to the present human spirit? A real important question is, who or what tells the spirit where to go next? And again, the most important flaw of this theory is that it does not deal with where the earth and the rest of the universe comes from. There are just too many unanswerable questions to this theory to give it serious consideration.
Of the two theories examined to this point, we have found that one proposes where the body might have come from, the other proposes where the spirit might go to. Evolution says I might have descended from an ape, reincarnation says I might descend to an ape. To me, these theories are for people with monkey mentalities.
Now let us examine creationism. Creationism is the doctrine that all matter and all things were created, substantially as they now exist, by the fiat of an omnipotent Creator and not gradually evolved or developed. Using the Bible as a guide for creationism, it tells us where we are from, what we are, and where we are going. No other theory does this.
Through out the Bible, its writers always use some kind of common energy to describe the Glory of God. A few examples of this are as follows.
Ezekiel 1:4; And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
Ezekial 1:22; And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.
Ezekiel 1:26-28; And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
God showed His glory to the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel used the words that he understood to describe what he saw. Keep in mind that this was written over 2500 years ago, when the knowledge of energy was very limited to mankind. They didnt even have a common word for energy at the time, so how could they describe it. They had no way of understanding that energy is life and life is energy.
Moses saw a burning bush. Exodus 3:2; And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush was burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
God showed Moses just a small glimpse of His glory. An unexplainable source of energy that Moses described as best as he could with the words he had to use. Even with the vast knowledge that we have today, how could one explain a source of energy intense enough to appear as fire, yet not consume the flammable object which it is in the midst of?
I want to bring out a few more examples, then tie them together to show a comprehensible picture of the pure energy and power that is within God, and of the gift He gives us.
Again God showed His glory to Moses with this outcome which can be found in Exodus 34:29-30; And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in Moses hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
Obviously Moses face showed more than just a sunburn. The glory of God consumed him in such a way as to radiate energy (life force) through and into the skin of Moses face.
The next example is found in Matthew 17:1-2; And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart. And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Here, Jesus, the Son of God, walking the earth as a man, shows us the energy (life) force that is within our bodies. As Jesus arrived at the place where He was to converse with His Fathers messengers and His Father, the life (energy) force within Jesus burst forth through His body to meet the glory of God.
Now lets tie this together, to see where we fit into this.
The Bible tells us that God created man in His own image.
Genesis 1:26-27 And God, said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 2:7; And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
We have seen that our spirits are our life force, and that life is energy. We have seen that before man knew what energy was, Gods prophets were telling us of the awesome indescribable energy that is within the glory and power of God. So, we must conclude that our omnipotent God, the source of all energy, created man in His own image, breathing His energy force into man, thus giving us life and making us children of God. Praise be to God, we can now proudly proclaim that we are alive and that we are children of the living God.
We have concluded that the omnipotent God, creator of life and all things, gave us life, a life that will last forever. So now we must ask what happens to our spirit after our earthly body dies. How will we spend our life, a life for all eternity? The Bible tells us we will spend eternity either in heaven or in hell. God has left the decision to us as to where we will spend eternity.
New questions now arise which must be answered. Such as, why is there both a heaven and a hell? What is hell? And, why should what we do for such a short period of time here on earth determine how we will spend eternity? With help from the Bible, let us see if we can find the answers.
What is the purpose of hell? Hell was created for Satan and his followers.
Matthew 25:42; Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
What does that have to do with us, and just who is this devil anyway?
Before God created man, He created the angels. Among the angels that He had created was one named Lucifer, who became known as Satan. Lucifer was an arch angel of God. He was a leader of angels, he was the wisest and most beautiful of the angels. Lucifer let his pride and ego overcome himself. He rebelled against God, he wanted to overpower God and put himself in Gods place. So God did cast him and the angels which followed him from heaven down to the earth to await hell eternal. So, Lucifer, Gods archangel, the wisest and most beautiful of the angels, through his own pride and ego did rebel and became Satan, the evil one, the tempter, the adversary, the devil.
Ezekiel 28:12-19 (NIV); This is what the Sovereign Lord says: "You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more."
Isaiah 14:12-17; How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the side of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities there of; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Revelation 12:7-9; And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
When Satan was cast down to the earth, he became the tempter and the accuser. The book of Job tells of how Satan tempts and accuses men before God.
A brief summary of the book of Job:
Job was very rich, he was the richest and greatest man of all the men of the east. He had born to him seven sons and three daughters. He was blameless and upright, he feared God and he shunned evil. Satan accused Job before God saying; Does Job fear God for nothing? God you have protected him and his family, you have blessed the work of his hands, so that his riches are great. Destroy his riches, his possessions and children, and afflict his body with pain, and he will curse you to your face. Because God is confident in Job, He allows Satan to do anything he wants to Job, except to take his life. So God let Satan kill Jobs children, destroy all of his possessions, and afflict Jobs body with painful sores from head to foot. Though Job kept his faith, he boldly challenged God with questions about what had happened to him. Because of Jobs faith, God shows him an overwhelming poetic picture of His divine power and wisdom. Job humbly acknowledges God as wise and great, and repents of the angry questions he had made. God then restores back to Job all that he had before and more.
Using the book of Job as a backdrop, it would be easy to comprehend that Satan would even accuse God, in just the like manner. Though you will not find the following in the Bible, it is very conceivable.
When Satan was cast from heaven, he accused God, saying; God you created me with great wisdom and perfect beauty. If you were also as I am, then you also, as I, would want to ascend to the throne of the Most High. And God replied; I have created you to think and believe whatever you so chose to. So believe as you please. But, I will show all creation the divine mercy and grace of God. The Father God turned to His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and said; Let us create man in our own image, but a little lower than the angels. You my beloved Son, will walk the earth among them as a man. And all creation will come to see the divine mercy and grace of God as my plan unfolds.
Now let us return to Satan being cast from heaven, and see if we can find what Satan and hell has to do with us. Lets start at the very beginning of the Bible.
Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV); In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was (footnote translation for the word was is became) formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Two verses, two statements, two time periods. Verse 1 statement one, God created the heavens and the earth. Verse 2, statement two, the earth became formless and empty. Statement one time period one, God created the earth, it was the period of time that the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Statement two, time period two, the earth became formless and empty. God cast Satan and his angels from heaven to the earth, the devastation to the earth from their impact was so great that it changed the earths atmospheric conditions causing the ice age. We saw a reference to this earlier in Isaiah 14:12-17 when Satan rebelled and was cast from heaven down to the earth. Isiah 14:16-17; Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake the kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness.
The third statement of the Bible is in verses 3-31, which is God creating the earth and man as we now know them, and starting our present period of time.
Now the stage is set for us to see what hell and Satan has to do with us.
God created the first man Adam, and the first woman Eve, and placed them in the garden He planted called Eden. This is where Satan brought sin to man, setting in motion Gods plan for the salvation of man and to show all creation His judgment, justice, mercy, and grace.
I think most everyone on this planet has heard of the temptation of man in the garden by Satan, and of mans following to that temptation. Just in case you have never read or heard about it, I will give a quick overview of Genesis 3: 1-24. Satan approached the woman tempting her in a very subtle way. He took the words which God had commanded them, and twisted them so very cunningly so as to lead the woman into falling into his insidious trap of rebellion. The woman in turn led the man to rebel. God came into the garden and Adam confessed his transgression to Him. God cursed Satan, the man and the woman, and the ground. While pronouncing the curse God also revealed the first prophesy of Christ. Genesis 3:15; "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heal." God then drove them from the garden, placing guardian Cherubins to guard against any reentry.
God is omnipotent, He knew that man would eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He also knew that Satan would be the one to tempt Adam and Eve into doing it. It was the beginning of Gods plan of redemption for man through His Son Jesus Christ, and to show all creation His divine mercy and grace.
Adam and Eve brought sin and death to mankind by falling to the temptation of Satan. Adam turned from God to follow after the temptation of Satan, believing that he could be like a god. Adam relinquished his faith in God, putting faith in himself, that is, having faith that he too could be a god by eating of the fruit. By Adam turning from God, he brought Gods judgment upon himself and on all mankind. The judgment of death and hell, the penalty for sin.
And yes, there is a place called hell. Though the description of it in the Bible is very brief, I am sure that it is not a place that anyone would want to spend an eternity at.
Luke 16:19-31; There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine lined, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which laid at his gate full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich mans table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abrahams bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my fathers house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
As you can see, hell is a real place. A place of torment and suffering. A place where once you are there, there is no rescue. It is not a place of temporary punishment, it is a place of eternal judgment. Hell is damnation!
Praise God for His mercy and grace. He has provided us an escape from the clutches of hell by His Son Jesus Christ. God sent His son Jesus, to walk the earth as a man, a man who was perfect, completely without sin, completely righteous, to suffer death on the cross for the penalty of our sins. And after three days He arose from the grave, defeating death and hell forever, to show us the penalty for sin has been overcome for those who believe on Him. Death and hell has been conquered! Thank you Jesus! Praise God! Halleleuigh!
Adam brought sin and its penalty to mankind, Jesus brought salvation to mankind.
Romans 5:19 For as by one mans disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
To accept the gift of eternal life with God, all we must do is with our hearts to believe on and have faith in Him whom He sent.
John 3:16-18; For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If you are saying to yourself; I have sinned so many times and have committed such terrible sins. Then the Bible has an answer for you.
Romans 3:23-26; For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
No matter what you have done in your life, God will forgive you. All that you need to do is confess your faith in Jesus, and confess your sins.
Romans 10:9-13; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
1John1:9; If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God has given us a way of salvation, a plan for us to spend eternal life with Him in heaven. All that we must do is have faith in His Son Jesus Christ. If you turn from God, if you do not accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then your way will be death and hell.
John 3:36; He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
II Thessalonians 1:8-9; In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
Revelation 20:15; And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
God has given us the ability to make our own decisions, the freedom to choose our own eternal destiny. I sincerely hope and pray that you will make the decision to accept Gods gift of eternal life, that you will chose to accept by faith Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you decide to accept Gods gift, the way is easy. Right now just say a simple prayer. Confess that you believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross, and arose from the grave on the third day as the perfect sacrifice for your sins, thank God for His gift to you, ask Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Saviour, ask him to cleanse you of your sins, and to take control of your life. Thats all there is to it.
The love of God does not stop with the gift of salvation. His Son, Jesus Christ, who sits at the right hand of the Father, and who now resides in your heart, is there to help you. Jesus will listen to all your problems and worries, no matter how big or small they are, and He will help you overcome them. Tell Him all that burdens you, and He will comfort you, He will bring peace to your life.
Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish , will he give a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Romans 8:26-28; Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
II Corinthians 1:3-5; Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
If someone has in the past told you, or if someone is presently telling you, that you must do something to be saved, tell that person he is wrong. Tell that person that you are saved by grace through faith, and not by works
Ephesians 2:8-9; For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Again, if someone has or is telling you that you must change, change anything at all, to be saved point out that verse above to them and say to them you are saved by the grace of God through your faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
John 4:4-42, contains a conversation Jesus had with a Samaritan woman, and the result of that conversation. A brief overview:
During their talk, Jesus told the woman everything she had ever done. That she had been married five times, and that the man she was currently living with was not her husband, (which was a serious crime at the time). Not once did Jesus condemn the woman, or tell her that she must do something or change anything, or go through some kind of ritual. All Jesus asked was for her to believe on Him, which she did. The woman went into town, told the people about Jesus, and brought the towns people out to see Jesus. And many of them were saved.
Mark 10:17-22; And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, "Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said unto him, "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother." And he answered and said unto him, "Master, all these have I observed from my youth." Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, "One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Jesus asked only that the women believe, and she believed. With faith she took her belief into town, brought the people out to see Jesus, and many of them were saved. Jesus told a rich young ruler that he must do something besides have faith, and the man turned away and walked.
God does not ask us to do something, where we might turn and walk away from Him. God only asks for us to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, and to let others see how easy it is to have eternal life, by letting them see Jesus through us. Just have faith and believe, and Jesus will do the rest.
The point being made from all of this is; that it is impossible for man to save himself. That it is only through faith by the grace of God that man can be saved.
You must not meet anybody elses conditions. There are no man made rules to follow. There are no rituals that you must perform. Nor are there a certain set of words to repeat. Just say a prayer, open your heart to Jesus, and He will handle the rest.
With all my heart I hope and pray that you have accepted Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. In his epistle to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul said a prayer for the people of the church there. I now say the same prayer for you.
Ephesians 3:14-21 (Williams translation); For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, and beg Him to grant you, in accordance with the riches of His perfect character, to be mightily strengthened by His Spirit in your inmost being, and that Christ in His love, through your faith, may make His home in your hearts. You must be deeply rooted, your foundations must be strong, so that you with all Gods people may be strong enough to grasp the idea of the breadth and length, the height and depth, yes, to come at last to know the love of Christ, although it far surpasses human understanding, so that you may be filled with the perfect fullness of God. To Him who by His power that is at work within us can do surpassingly more than all we ask of imagine, be glory in the church and through Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. Amen.
I leave you with a few suggestions. Find a church that preaches Jesus Christ as Lord, and try to attend as often as possible. Get a Bible and study it. Always keep the faith.
Praise God! Halleleuigh! Amen!
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