IN A funeral parlor in New York City, friends and family quietly file by the open casket. They gaze at the body, that of a 17-year-old boy. His friends from school hardly recognize him. Chemotherapy has thinned his hair; cancer has caused him to lose weight. Can this really be their friend? Just months before, he was so full of ideas, of questions, of energy—of life! The heartbroken mother of the boy tries to find hope and solace in the idea that somehow her son still lives. Over and over she tearfully repeats what she has been taught: “Tommy’s happier now. God wanted Tommy in heaven with him.”
Is there life after death? is a question that has perplexed mankind for millenniums. “Even theologians are embarrassed when faced with [it],”
Belief in the immortality of the soul is all but universal in Christendom’s thousands of religions and sects. It is an official doctrine in Judaism too. In Hinduism this belief is the very foundation of the teaching of reincarnation. Muslims believe that the soul comes into being with the body but lives on after the body dies. Other faiths—African animism, Shinto, and even Buddhism—teach variations on this same theme.
The condition of the dead is made clear in the bible : “The dead know nothing . . . There is no pursuit, no plan, no knowledge or intelligence, within the grave.” (Moffatt) Death, therefore, is a state of nonexistence. The psalmist wrote that when a person dies, “he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.”—
So the dead are unconscious, inactive. When pronouncing sentence upon Adam, God stated: “Dust you are and to dust you will return.” Before God formed him from the dust of the ground and gave him life, Adam did not exist. When he died, Adam returned to that state. His punishment was death—not a transfer to another realm
Yes you are right about the condition of the dead, they are in a deep sleep that only Jehovah God can wake them. That is what he promises at John 5:28,29. And not only will the dead come back to life, but when they come back to life the earth will be like Psalms 37:9-11,29 says. Revelations 21:4 also good one.
We were such a close knit famiy, and I was the only little girl in a bunch of boys, so needless to say I was rather spoiled, but we all loved each other. I am nearing the age of 71, so all of my aunts, uncles, my mother and father and many of my cousins have passed on. I want to see all of them again. I have special memories of each and every one, and I will tell them how much I have missed them and I am glad we are together again.
My biggest question to GOD is wether or not my son Brandon is OK, if he's been allowed into heaven after committing suicide in May 2008. Being raised a Catholic during my youth, we were taught that suicide is a mortal sin and those who end their life in such a manner, are destand to Purgatude(sic) until the end of time. You have to understand I was six when I was taught these teachings so I've probally mis-intrepted the majority of those teaching, if not misunderstood same. Can someone smarter than me explain GOD's true explanations for suicide?
I was just baptised today at a Baptist church by a wonderful Christian pastor who goes stricktly by the bible. I asked him this: If someone commits suicide, would he be allowed to enter Heaven? Here's his response: “One's admittance into heaven is based completely on one's faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift, which must be received, or else one is lost. If a believer were to commit suicide in a moment of extreme weakness, their salvation would not become forfeit.” I hope you find some comfort in his response. Love and God Bless...
My Son took his own life also, in March 2008, he was 23 years old. Yes, one can go to Heaven if they commit suicide. I know my son is in Heaven. 11 days before he chose to do this, he stood up for Jesus Christ at "One Step to Freedom, Drug and Alcohol Convention" at our Church. My son's name is Aaron, and his is a long story, but God blessed us with the assurance that Aaron is in Heaven, and we are so grateful.
Thank You! I pray hard to GOD all the time pretaining to this. I found my son's bible opened where he had been reading the words of Jesus. He was always one to stand up for what was right against evil. I'm sure I'll find him with his mother one day. Thanks again.
Ms. Linda, I'm sorry for your lose. Brandon's death was two months after Aarons. He was 29, less than three weeks from his 30th birthday. He always told me he wouldn't reach 30, I guess he was right. Take care, God bless you and your family. May His mercy allow you the strength to endure your lose. Thanks for your thoughts.
John, I'm so sorry for your loss also. March 19th will be a year that Aaron left us. I miss him every moment of every day. I miss his laugh, his smile, his smell, his voice....EVERYTHING about him. Aaron's 24th birthday was 2 months after he passed away (May 22nd). He and I had been talking about his birthday coming up...why didn't I see what he was going to do? I ask myself this all the time. I know we all ask the same question. It's just so hard. God has given me the strength to endure, couldn't have done it without Him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you!!
I know only what the pastor at my Baptist church told me when I asked... "One's admittance into heaven is based completely on one's faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift, which must be received, or else one is lost. If a believer were to commit suicide in a moment of extreme weakness, their salvation would not become forfeit.”