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Thursday, June 12, 2014

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE: PART V: BY THOMAS KALAPPURAYIL

(This is the last of the Essay "What Happens After We Die" The author has spent a lot of time in reading the Bible . Hope many of our readers have read the essay and thanks to all of you and the author Mr. Thomas Kalappurayil for contributing this essay for our publication.Please send your opinion for publication) New World



So Saul disguise himself and consults a woman medium (because he ordered to kill all mediums earlier in his life) and asks her to bring up Samuel (he was dead at that time). She does this and consults Samuel and he gives her an answer. When we read this we get an impression that we can talk to dead people, but we have to understand that many places in the Bible, God has prevented us from consulting the dead people through mediums.The Bible also teaches us that the devil can do miracles too. When we try to consult the dead, we are not talking to them; instead we are talking to the devil or the fallen angels. They can impersonate the deceased whom we want to talk to and talk back to us in their own voice. That is why God has prevented us from consulting the mediums. When Samuel was alive he never gave any answer of his own, he always consulted God. If God wanted to give an answer to Saul, He would have given it when he consulted God in the beginning. Remember what Paul writes in 2Cor.11:14&15 “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms into an Angel of Light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works”.

Now let us look at where the teaching that says we go to heaven or hell immediately on death came from. In fact it is the same lie that devil told eve “You will not surely die”(Gen.3:41), but God told to Adam in Genesis 2:16 & 17 “And the Lord God commanded the man saying ‘of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”. Adam and Eve were spiritually dead on the same day they ate the fruit. In God’s eye they died physically also on the same day, because 2Peter 3:8 says “…..with the Lord one day is as thousand years and a thousand years as one day”. Even the person lived the longest on earth, Methuselah, lived only 969 years (Gen.5:27). We human beings are all mortal, only God is immortal (read 1 Tim.1:17 and 6:16). If we say our soul does not die, in effect we are saying we are immortal. When we read Romans 2:7 and 1Cor.15:35-38, we understand we get immortality only when we resurrect. (Read also Job 4:17, Rom.6:12, 8:11, 2 Cor.4:11). Additionally, Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death”. Are we not all sinners? If you argue that only our body sins, not the soul, then why do you believe that the souls that have not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior and Lord will go to hell at the end? Then only their body should go to hell, not the soul.

Now let us look if there is any exception to this Bible teaching that we are sleeping in our death until resurrection. When we read Matthew 17:1-8 and Mark 9:2-8 and Luke 9:28-36, we see that Jesus is talking to Moses and Elijah after Jesus transfigured. We know that Moses and Elijah are in heaven, They represent two types of people at Jesus’ second coming. Moses who died and got resurrected represents people who died and will be resurrected on the second coming, whereas Elijah, who never saw death, represents people who are alive and transfigured at His coming. Another exception we find in Genesis 5:24 where Enoch was taken to heaven without seeing death. Also we see 24 elders in heaven in the book of Revelation. They are the people who are resurrected when Jesus died on the cross (Read Math.27:51&52). Rest of us will be resurrected only at the Second coming of Christ. No one goes to heaven or hell before that.

More over, Jesus in Math.25:41 teaches that the hell fire is prepared for devil and his angels. If the devil and his angels are in hell now, we would not have temptations or tribulations now!! Yes, hell fire is prepared for the devil because he is the originator of sin. The devil and his one third angels along with all humans who obey him and live their lives accordingly will be burned up in hell fire at the end. Even that will be a strange act of God, according to Bible, because a God who is just in all His judgments has to do this in order to eliminate the sin and the sinners for ever from the universe. If anyone is in that eternal death, he himself is responsible for it, because he chooses that way; in spite of many opportunities God gives him to accept Jesus as his savior and Lord. Jesus Christ came from heaven and died as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we can attain eternal life. We do not need to do anything for our salvation. God did everything for us, that is God’s love. All we have to do is to realize that we are sinners and repent truly from our heart and accept the fact that Jesus died for our sins, and then live a true Christian life, obeying to all of his commandments with the help of the Holy Spirit. We are not obeying his commandments in order to be saved, rather we obey because we are saved and we love God, then we do not need to be afraid of death. May God Almighty bless you.

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