Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Hope of Life after Life

Acts 13 After his death Jesus showed the apostles a lot of convincing evidence that he was alive. For 40 days he appeared to them and talked with them about the kingdom of God.4 Once, while he was meeting with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait there for what the Father had promised. Jesus said to them, “I’ve told you what the Father promises: 5 John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”6 So when the apostles came together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you’re going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”7 Jesus told them, “You don’t need to know about times or periods that the Father has determined by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. Then you will be my witnesses to testify about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”9 After he had said this, he was taken to heaven. A cloud hid him so that they could no longer see him.10 They were staring into the sky as he departed. Suddenly, two men in white clothes stood near them. 11 They asked, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking at the sky? Jesus, who was taken from you to heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven.”  

There is no doubt that Jesus died and rose again from the grave. It is one of the foundations of our faith. In fact, if there was not a resurrection then there would not be a faith known today as Christianity.  The resurrection of Christ brings hope to all who believe. His return to life gives hope to all of those who believe in a life after life. Over 500 people saw Jesus ascend to heaven and the appearance of angels afterwards. Over 500 people seeing the same thing solidifies the truth of Jesus' resurrection to life and that there is hope for life after life. Many people wonder about the existence of a world away from the world we currently know. There are afterlife investigators who investigate phenomena in areas where there seems to be paranormal activity. There is the theory of biocentrism which believes that all humans make their own plain of existence whether here on planet Earth or after life. It is funny to see the world look for proof for an afterlife when the Bible declares that there is one. The human race, due to their sinful nature, does not desire to accept the Bible's version of the afterlife. There is an afterlife. One which exists in the arms of God and one which exists without His eternal presence. This is what Hell is all about. It is not about torment and burning flames; it is about the eternal absence of God's presence. He does not exist there because He cannot exist in the realm of unholiness. This , to me, is what makes Hell an undesirable place. To live eternally with the love of my God would be torment enough. The flames and painful bombardments just add to an already undesirable experience. Embedded into the DNA of the Human Race is the hunger to do more with life even after the reality we currently are exposed too. We passionately desire to make a difference in this life and beyond. Many seek for ways to exist beyond the limitations of the natural. The key to the afterlife topic is living your current life in a way which carries your Spirit into the next. Your current existence must be disciplined to the message of Christ. Jesus made it clear that what we do now determines our life after death. He made it clear that in order to guarantee a life with Him after death, then we must take up our cross and follow Him to a life of Spiritual death. Only through dying to the current life can we exist in the glories of the life to come. There is hope for a life after life. We are commissioned to make a choice on which plain of existence; we desire to live in. The First one is one with eternal purpose and hope with Christ and the Second is one without the Lord in eternal torment. 

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