The Afterlife

So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.

Colossians 1:28

There are many strange and incorrect beliefs about the afterlife, and sometimes even Christians adopt some of these views. What we need is a biblical understanding.
Heaven exists. And of course, so does Hell. We need to think about this because as we get older, the afterlife is getting closer. We start losing friends and family and we know our day will come. And one day it hits us, we have more friends in Heaven than we do on earth.
When I was young it seemed like the third grade lasted ten years. Now a year seems to pass in an instant. I had an 8 track in my first car! Today many people have no idea what that is. Life marches on.
Eternity gets closer. And the Bible is very clear on what happens when you die: If you are a Christian, you go straight to Heaven. And if you are not a Christian, and I don’t say this with any delight, you go to Hell. Jesus said it, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, its gate is wide and many choose that way” Matthew 7:13.
According to Jesus and the rest of Scripture, more people are going to Hell than are going to Heaven. That is not what God wants but He has given us a free will.
If Christians believe what the Bible says about the afterlife then we should do more to warn people about the reality of Hell. But even more tell them of the love of God. God’s love should motivate believers to share their faith with greater urgency.

David Ball