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YES, there is Life after Death!

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The Bible says there is life after deathAfter death comes  judgment... each person dies only only once and after that comes judgment,
Hebrews 9:27
.  Everyone is immortal and will live forever.  The question is, where will you spend eternity? Where will you spend your life after death; heaven or hell?  Be sure you finish in heaven.

Science has taught us about physical death.  A doctor examines a body and says "the breathing has stopped", "the heart has stopped", "there is no brain activity", "the person is dead".  Almost immediately the cells of the body begin to break down and decay.  Science teaches us that the atoms and molecules of the body will be recycled into other substances.  But science cannot tell us about life after death.  The spiritual world is unseen and unknown to science.  And the spiritual world is truly permanent!

What is human life?

Human life is much more than a collection of cells making a body.  We all have intellect, emotions and a spirit.  At creation, God made humans different to animals by giving humans a spirit (also called a soul).

.... the LORD God formed a man's body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person.
Genesis 2:7

A living being (a man or woman) is a body with a soul inside it.  The soul is the real person.  The soul is invisible and unknown to science.  The soul lives forever and death does not stop the existence of the soul.  Even people who believe in science know this; they know deep within themselves that there must be conscious existence after death.  This is because God has given us all an internal witness.

... He (God) has planted eternity in the human heart, ...
Ecclesiastes 3:11

What is death?

Death is the separation of the soul (or spirit) from the body.  The real part of the person, the soul, leaves the body to begin life forever somewhere else.  This is a one way permanent trip and the destination depends on one's life on earth.

What happens to the soul after death?

After death, a soul's destiny is fixed and cannot be changed.  The soul immediatelyJesus taught that the eternal states of pleasure or pain start immediately at death and that there was no possibility of change.
...  the beggar (Lazarus) died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham (in Paradise, the good place, also called "with Christ"). The rich man also died and was buried,  and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham.    Luke 16:22, 23
proceeds towards heaven or hell.  Heaven is a place of everlasting pleasure with God.  Hell is a place of everlasting pain and punishment, a place where the occupants are under God's judgement.  Jesus spoke much about hell and taught that people should do everything to avoid going to hell.  Here are just a few of Jesus' words recorded in the Bible.

43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It is better to enter the Kingdom of God half blind than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 'where the worm never dies and the fire never goes out.'
Mark 9:43-48

Jesus is not advocating that we should physically cut off a limb or remove an eye, but He is advocating the radical removal of sin from our lives.  Any sin is extremely serious because it results in a person being sent to hell forever.

What's a sin? ...

Jesus also says "I hold the keys of death and the grave." in Revelation 1:18.  Jesus is the Judge who determines who will go to hell and who will not.

Why go to Heaven?

  • Heaven is perfect in every way. It is God's home.
  • Heaven is filled with joy and the praise and worship of God.
  • People in heaven are perfect.
  • People in heaven meet Jesus face to face.
  • There is no sickness, disease or death in heaven.
  • People have new perfect bodies in heaven, ones that will last forever.
  • Christian families are re-united in heaven. They see all their Christian loved ones again, husbands, wives, children, parents, grandparents, etc.
  • The party continues forever.
  • It beats the hell out of the alternative!very happy

... God Himself will be with them and be their God.  4 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Revelation 21:3, 4  New King James Version

Can I go to HEAVEN instead of HELL?shock

YES, BUT .... God is perfect and pure.  The Bible uses the word "holy". God created heaven for Himself and His people.  Everything in heaven is perfect and wonderful.

Nobody who is even just a little bit less than perfect can enter heaven and be with God!  For example, if you have ever told just one lie in your life, then you cannot enter heaven!  Or if you have ever had just one impure sexual thought, you also cannot enter heaven!  The standard is PERFECTION!

If you have ever been less than perfect in any area of your life, then you cannot go to heaven.  Jesus will not let you in!  The Bible calls these imperfections SINS.  Just one sin in you whole life is all it takes to forfeit your place in heaven.  And if you don't go to heaven, then, it's that other place!

What's a sin? ...

If you want to go to heaven, then you urgently need to seek out a local church that will explain to you how God has solved the problem.  You need to become a friend of Jesus right here and now.  Reading the Bible for yourself is also an excellent help.  God commands local churches all over the world to help people find the way to heaven.  Sinners can be saved! Why spend your life after death in hell?  We at Monash Christian Fellowship would be most pleased to help you find the way to heaven.

What about a second chance?

2chanceMany people will come to the end their lives, then find they have made wrong choices in this life. Can they get a second chance at going to heaven?  The Bible teaches NO!  There is no second chance. A person lives, then dies, then their soul goes to either heaven or hell!  It's all over and it's permanent!  Click this link for a more detailed description of what happens when Jesus returns.

... it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment,
Hebrews 9:27

We at Monash Christian Fellowship would be most pleased to help you find the way to heaven.  You need to seek help from a good local church.  Please visit us soon - before it's too late!  We are here to help you.  Jesus came to save sinners.

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Produced by Monash Christian Fellowship, Melbourne, Australia. Author Pastor Bill Wheaton 2009, updated June 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and used for non-profit evangelism provided that it is unchanged and carries this credit.  Scriptures are quoted from the New Living Translation of the Bible unless specified.