If a man die, shall he live again?
It was not until the resurrection of Christ that life after death was confirmed and sealed (1 Cor. 15:20). Yet in our culture the question is answered in many different ways. One was heard to say, “when you die, you are just dead, like an old dog.” Some movie stars have tried to resurect the old idea of reincarnation. Many groups and pagan cultures have believed you will come back to life in some other form and live another lifetime. Some believe you come back as another person and that the problems of today are the result of what happened in a former life. It is the idea that exalts man and his own achievements. The premise is that man is sufficient to achieve his own perfection in and of himself. Although it may take him a few lifetimes to do so, but he will eventually succeed. However, should calamity come, it can be blamed on a past life. It is like the TV stories that claim person in heaven must return to earth to do enough good to earn his wings. It is still the old attempt to say one can earn his salvation. Also, it is a lie that one can earn his wings, for only angels have wings. Humans do not become angels, even in heaven. And one can not qualify for Heaven after he dies. That must be done before he dies. Those who die in Christ will live again in Heaven. Those who do not trust in Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sins, will live forever in Hell. There are no other options.
Ever few years another best-selling book is released detailing someone’s “death” and what that person experienced before returning to their body here on earth. Books like 90 Minutes in Heaven, Embraced by the Light and Heaven is for real have sold millions of copies. There seems to be a hunger to know if there is life after death. However, these offer no acknowledgment of sins nor repentance or salivation. They are all part of the great lie, and many will perish because of it.
Job answered his own question in Job 19:25-27:
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,.
Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another.”
Jesus answered that question in John 14:3;
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
John answered that question in 1 John 5:13;
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”
Paul answered that Question in 2 Corinthians 5:8
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body
and to be present with the Lord.”