After Life -Part 1
Series: After Life
September 12, 2021
AFTER LIFE Questions about Death, Life, Heaven, and Hell Everyone Lives Forever…Somewhere There are 6 common views of life after death Naturalist: when you die, you’re done Reincarnation: The ultimate recycling experience Cosmic destiny: Become one with the universe Christian: Faith is the key to heaven and hell Purgatory: The ultimate holding tank Universalist: All roads lead to God. Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. There is more to life than this life. Your spirit and soul aren't disposable. You are an eternal being. You can't evade responsibility. You have been given a will. You have a choice. As a Christian we know that the decisions we make on earth determine our destiny beyond this. Hell is real. Jesus taught more about Hell than any other individual because He didn't want people to end up there. God the Father felt the same way; that’s why He gave His Son. Heaven isn't the ultimate pleasure factory. Heaven is about a relationship with God. It is where the will of God is fully manifested. If you don't want a little God down here, why would you want a lot of God up there? All the metaphors about hell are God simply giving people what they want: A life without Him. Outer darkness is a place where His presence is not active. Burning fire is where someone's desires are unimpeded. Weeping and gnashing of teeth means living knowing that those desires will never fulfill you. Hell is about not having a relationship with God. Hell was never created for man. Matthew 25:41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Man was always intended to have a relationship with God. But if people persist in wanting a life without God, He lets them have it. Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. he gave them up Romans 1:26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. Romans 1:28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. God the Father will let people have what they want: A life without Him. But He sent His Son so they can have a life with Him.
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