Wednesday, September 17, 2008
What Happens Right When We Die???
Even though I am a Christian, I have mixed thoughts on this topic. I have had wonderful dreams about what I call "My Meadow". Well my friend Nancybratt and Donna are there too and we are hanging out by this tree and there are all kinds of animals and you can hear the sound of the brook. I am sure that Heaven is gonna be a a wonderful place that is beyond imagination.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend on the phone about what happens immediately after we die. In the Bible we are led to believe a couple things. One is that we are going to be in a state of sleep. And the other is that we immediatly go to heaven to be with Jesus. I am hoping that we immediatly go to heaven. If we are in a state of sleep, won't it seem like we are going to heaven right away. It won't seem like there is a time lapse at all. We go to sleep and there we are...
Many conservative Christians believe that when a person dies, they enter into complete oblivion - a state of non-existence. They remain unconscious; they have no self-awareness. Their body decays. At the time of the second coming of Jesus, the dead are called from their graves; they will be resurrected and judged.
Some of the other thoughts on life after death are these... I don't really buy into them, because of my faith in Jesus Christ. But I will post them here.
Heaven: Eternity is spent in Heaven or Paradise with God, in a state that is beautiful beyond our ability to conceive.
Hell: Eternity is spent in Hell with Satan and his demons. All are tormented and tortured, in isolation from God, without any hope of mercy or relief.
Annihilation: The body rots. One's soul, spirit, memory, personality, awareness, body, and mind disappear and are no more.
Transmigration of the soul: Our soul and spirit are reborn into a human fetus or newborn child.
Reincarnation: Our soul and spirit are reborn into another living entity - not necessarily human.
What the Bible Says about death is;
All people who are alive on earth at the time of the second coming will be assembled together (Matthew 25:31-32). "Those who have rejected the Lord in this life, who have sinned mortally, who have no remorse for sin and do not seek forgiveness, will have condemned themselves to hell for all eternity."
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live - John 11:25
"The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the
grave and raises up. 1SA 2:6
Luke 43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in
Revelations 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The
dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
My Personal Thought- Whatever they put in my obituary some day, I hope those words will accurately describe where I will be the moment after I die - safe in Jesus' arms.
Let me add this too.. I don't even want to think of the possibility of reincaration... I just can't imagine coming back as a chicken or goat, lol