Is There An Afterlife?
By David J. Stewart
Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
Yes, most definitely. The entire concept that God is a divine Potter who lovingly forms mankind from the dust of the earth, ought to convince anyone that God didn't create men simply to live and then perish into oblivion, forever to be forgotten. The Bible teaches that the human spirit will live on into the afterlife and forever, but there are only one of two possible destinations—Heaven or Hell.
Without the Bible there is no plausible explanation for life—the origin of the universe, the size of the universe, the order of the universe, et cetera. Science itself proves the existence of God. The laws of physics, thermodynamics, and gravity all testify to the existence of a divine Being Who made all this. Life could not have just happened, especially not from a BIG BANG? A big explosion couldn't create a universe any more than an explosion could form a dictionary full of words and meaning. Can an explosion form an intricate Swiss-made watch?
Why not two big bangs, or three for that matter? Why has it taken mankind millions or billions of years to invent electricity, motors, generations, batteries, computers, radio, television, recording, et cetera. Why now, all of a sudden, only within the past 150-years have all these marvellous inventions been discovered? The Pony Express was invented in 1860 and the telegraph system in 1861. In 1860 it took literally weeks to send a message 1,000 miles. Today it's just seconds away on a telephone. If mankind has evolved for billions of years, why has it taken so long for men to figure it out? Think about that.
Why 7,000 languages. if we all evolved from the same biological life source, then there should not be so many languages. Every 2-weeks another language vanishes forever. This is further proof of the lies of evolution, and that the Bible is true in everything it proclaims. The truth is that people just don't want to believe the Bible, because it condemns men's sins and being evil (John 3:20). Modern psychology by law is prohibited from addressing or recognizing the concept of sin. No wonder they can't help anyone, except to pump them up with drugs, drugs, and more drugs. Sin is the culprit.
There is an afterlife I assure you my friend. Even if you have a hard time accepting the Bible as God's Word, nature itself testifies of a divine Godhead (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1-3). The Bible makes so much sense. If you only listen to critics who attempt to discredit and tear the Bible apart, then you are likely to be misled and brainwashed with demonic indoctrination. What you need to do is get saved by acknowledging your sinfulness and coming to Jesus Christ, the Son of God to be forgiven. Just believe on His name and the work is done. Then search the Scriptures as Jesus said in John 5:39 and you will grow and learn as a believer (1st Peter 2:2).
God wants to guide and teach you with His Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Every Christian has the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their body (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit is GOD WITH US. I like that definition, for that is the truth. But if you reject Christ and refuse to get saved, then the things of God will be foolishness to you and you will never understand the Bible. 1st Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Ecclesiastes 11:9, “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” Now how can God hold a person accountable for squandering their life in sin if there's no afterlife? Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” That sure sounds like America to me. Our nation has forgotten the God of the Bible. Are you ready to meet your Maker?
You know, John Edward, Miss Cleo, James Praagh, and multitudes more cannot help you. They are frauds, dabbling in familiar spirits (demons). There is only one Spirit that Christian believers ought to listen to and that is God's Holy Spirit, Who indwells every believer. I love the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that this sinful world views Christians as fools for Christ's sake, and they consider the preaching of the cross foolishness; but they will bow their heads in shame before God's throne, trembling in ceaseless fear and terror, when they see the raging fires of Hell, knowing that they're going to be tormented in flames forever and ever, without rest day nor night with the Beast (Antichrist), the Dragon (Satan) and the False Prophet.
In the Warner Brothers' movie, HEREAFTER, starring Matt Damon, there's a scene in the film where a young boy is searching the internet for information on life after death. He finds a couple videos on the internet about life after death and is listening to them. Sadly, the last video shows a minister who says, “The good news is that if you trust in Christ you have nothing to fear,” while the little boy is wagging his head back-n-forth in disagreement the entire time. Famous actor Clint Eastwood directs and produces the film, under ther executive producership of Steven Spielberg. This is further evidence of Hollywood's hostile, God-heating, anti-Christian sentiment against the Lord Jesus Christ. The boy is about 12-years old in the movie.
The film HEREAFTER is subtle, teaching New Age spiritism, life after death; but without Christ nor the Bible. Thus, the film and those who produced it are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. It is demonic. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven according to John 14:6. The young lad is unsaved, bound for the Lake of Fire in his sins if he doesn't repent toward God of His unbelief and get saved. Anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is a liar and antichrist (1st John 2:22), already condemned to Hell (John 3:36). Although the movie contains pretty music, frightening reminders of the deadly Tsunami that killed 220,000 people just a few years ago in Sri Lanka, and great acting by Matt Damon; it is a horrible movie to show a child wagging his head in disagreement with the statement that trusting Christ is the way to eternal life. Holywood hates Jesus Christ, and that will never change. They are all bound for the Lake of Fire in the sin of unbelief. The best movie in the world is nothing if it diminishes, blasphemes, or denies Jesus Christ. There is a HEREAFTER, but it's either Heaven or Hell friend; it's Jesus or Hell.
Rod Serling (1924-1975), famous as the writer and producer of the hit television series, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, didn't believe in an afterlife or God. Mr. Serling's last interview was with Linda Brevelle, and took place at Franco's La Taverna on Sunset Strip on March 4, 1975—just a few months prior to his sudden death at age fifty. Serling suffered a series of heart attacks, including a third one that killed him during heart surgery. This was a sad event for the world.
Here's a question and answer from the interview concerning Serling's religious beliefs...
Brevelle: If you're reincarnated, what will your next life be?
Serling: I don't believe in reincarnation. That's a cop-out, I know. I don't really want to be reincarnated. I think one time around...I think Willa Cather did a short story called "Paul's Case," and in it, when he finally commits suicide, it says, "He surrendered to the black design of things." And that's what I anticipate death will be: a totally unconscious void in which you float through eternity with no particular consciousness of anything. I think once around is enough. I don't want to start it all over again. She said, "What happens now if I come out as Louis XIV's donkey or something?" Or I come out as a rose? You know, in my case, with my kind of luck, I'll have rose bugs and things eating my leaves!
SOURCE: Rod Serling's final interview
The Bible plainly teaches a literal Heaven and a literal Hell (physical places). The Bible says to fear God Who casts BODY and SOUL into Hell. Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” A body is a physical object, something tangible. This object, i.e., body, will be cast into Hell (a place). Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Rod Serling fell into God's hands on June 28, 1975.
“And that's what I anticipate death will be: a totally unconscious void in which you float through eternity with no particular consciousness of anything.” —Rod Serling (1924-1975)
If you believe that the Bible is God's Word, then you have to concede that Rod Serling went to Hell. 1st John 2:22 speaks harshly of Christ-rejecters, calling them liars and antichrists. 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9 warn that all Christ-rejecter who die in their sins will be punished by God in the flames of Hell forever. That is what the Bible teaches my friend. The $64,000 questions is: Do you believe that the Bible is God's Word? Do you believe some of it, or all of it, or none of it? I believe ALL of the Bible was authored by God, each and every Word.
2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9 plainly warns that God will pour out His vengeance upon the wicked for ever. For the time being, God is patient with the wicked and the unthankful (Luke 6:35); but God's merciful patience and longsuffering will suddenly end the very second your soul leaves this earthly body and enters into God's hands (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Hebrews 10:31). Your days of stubborn rebellion, idolatrous false religion, pompous pride, and the lusts of the flesh will have come to a crashing halt. Then you will find out what Hell is really like. The grave is merely a doorway to your future, whether it be glory or gory. You've never watched a horror movie in your life which can compare to the horrors awaiting all Christ-rejecters in Hell.
You'll beg for a single drop of water and be denied. You'll cry out in blood curdling screams of terror and agony, but no one will listen. Your name will rot. Proverb 10:7, “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” You will be forgotten and overwhelmed with grief when you see others enjoying themselves in Heaven, while you're rotting in the torments of Hell. Luke 13:28, “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.” You've been lied to by Satan all your life about the big party awaiting you in Hell. Yeah, good luck with that. The true party, happiness, and rejoicing will be in Heaven; but the only thing that will be occurring in the Lake of Fire is burning flesh, screaming agony, and excruciating inexplicable pain, where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. It's your choice! It is YOUR CHOICE! You DO have a choice! God never choose who gets saved, never! It is totally up to you alone.
The most important decision you'll ever make is where you're going to spend eternity. The decisions is in fact yours alone to make. I've already made my choice by receiving Jesus Christ. How about you? John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
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Too long I've laid me down to sleep, and prayed the Lord my soul to keep.
I should awake before I die, and realize time is passing by;
And rise and go and tell the lost, despite my plans despite the cost.
Too long I've laid me down to sleep, while multitudes about me weep;
And other cries of dark despair, for no one ever seems to care.
My life is short, and soon I'll stand, with sinner's bloods upon my hand;
Unless I wake before I die, and realize time is passing me by.
Souls are Dying
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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