The Big Question 84: Is There Life After Death?
Feb 22, 2022 90
Is there life after death?
This really is a big question, isn’t it! I don’t think there’s a person alive who hasn’t wondered about this.
It is striking that throughout history, across every religion and culture, there appears to have been a strong belief in life after death in some form or another. Everyone, whether they are believers or not, actually wants to believe that we continue on in some form or another after we die.
So, here’s my question: where does this almost universal yearning to transcend death come from? Atheism has no explanation for it, neither does the idea of evolution.
We should be satisfied with just having had a good time and passing on our DNA to the next generation, shouldn’t we? But that’s not the case. Humanity yearns for immortality
Also, if life after death isn’t real, then you have to seriously wonder what the purpose of life is, or indeed, if life has any purpose.
I know that there are some people who, in one way or another, claim to have come back from the dead. You might have heard about Near Death Experiences. But are they experiences of coming back from death, or are they just what the name says, “Near Death Experiences”?
At the end of the day, I have no scientific proof to give you for life after death. I don’t think anyone has. But I do have what God has provided to us through his Word, the Bible. He tells us about the,
appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Tim 1:9–10.)
The reason why I know there is life after death is because I know for sure that Jesus walked the earth and said that he would be killed and rise from the dead. I know that that’s exactly what happened. There’s just too much historical evidence to deny those facts.
The Bible tells me that by rising from the dead, Jesus destroyed death for all who will trust in him.
So that’s what I do. I trust in him.
And just like followers of Jesus have always done, because he rose from the dead, I believe in the resurrection of all those who are with him, when he comes again. Because that’s what he promised he would.
But really, I live my life today in the context of the everlasting life that God has promised me.
The way I see it, my truest life, my eternal life began the moment that I believed in Jesus. And that knowledge has transformed every aspect of how I experience my life today.
In that sense, I don’t need to wait for a better life. I’m living it now.