What Happens When I Die?
I have made a very unscientific study of what goes on at funerals. According to the religious preferences of those involved and according to the societal influence, the style and tone of funerals may vary widely. Some are short and sweet (well, maybe not “sweet”) while others are long and drawn out affairs. Some are very formal while others appear to be ad lib. Some are restricted to just the family and others are community events. But one thing that is common to all is what people say.
In every funeral that I have ever attended (regardless of whether the deceased was a “saint” or a self-proclaimed atheist), more than a few people said, “He/she is in a better place.” Has there ever been a funeral where that phrase was not uttered? I think not. Continue reading
Just the word “judgment” brings a bit of a chill into one’s being, doesn’t it?
For many Christians, they visualize God’s judgment as a time of uncertainty and fear. It is like (only infinitely more fearful) standing in a courtroom today, waiting for the jury to announce their verdict. It is especially fearful, knowing that you are guilty but hoping that the prosecution did not prove it to the extent that the jury will convict you.
The problem with God’s judgment is that HE HAS ALL THE FACTS! Who could possibly escape the certain judgment since we are guilty and the Prosecutor, Judge & Jury all know the truth?
Well, the good news is that even though we are all guilty before God for our rebellion & sin, when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He washed our record clean with His own blood (shed on the cross). So God the Father can view us as forgiven & justified. It is not necessary for us to be punished when Jesus has already taken the punishment for us.
Just how does the judgment of God work, anyway? I am glad that you asked that question… I hope to provide some answers in the pages that follow.