|What Happens When I Die?
So, what happens when you die? The Universalists says
that we all ultimately end up in a utopia heaven. The
Atheist says that there is no afterlife. The Agnostic says
that if there is a God we cannot know him or God is
unknowable. Many other cults or sects have their opinion
as well on the topic, “what happens when you die?”
|This is a topic where we cannot afford to be wrong. Therefore I base my answer on
the One who has been there and back, and has talked about it. In God’s Word,
Jesus spoke of both heaven and hell. And since He has been there and back, I base
my answer to this question on Him and His Word.
The Bible, God, and Jesus make it clear that there is an afterlife. If there is no
heaven or hell, then God, Jesus, and the Word is a lie and are not trustworthy; since
all three talks about heaven and hell. So to say that there is no hell, or no heaven,
makes the Word and God a lie. If you believe in one, you must believe in all three
(God, Jesus, and the Word).
Therefore, if we believe that God, Jesus, and the Word are true, then we must
consider what the say on the topic of the afterlife. Jesus gives a parable on this
very topic in Luke 16. It is to be noted that this is the only parable that Jesus gives
where he actually uses people names, Lazarus.and Abraham.
Luke 16:19-26. “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine
linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named
Lazarus, which was laid at this gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the
crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his
sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into
Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lifted up
hi eyes, being in torments. And seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that
he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue: for I am tormented in
this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy
good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, ant thou are
tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so
that they which would pass from hence to your cannot: neither can they pass to us,
that would come from thence.”
Jesus is not illustrating that rich men go to hell and the poor go to heaven, but that
there is a heaven and a hell; one place provides comfort and the other, torment.
Jesus in many places talks about heaven and hell. Likewise, so does Paul and
John, who are the only other people in the New Testament that have seen heaven
and wrote about it. Again, God, Jesus, and the Word all give a description about the
afterlife. This is one topic you cannot afford to be wrong on.
So who goes to heaven? Again, if the Bible is trustworthy, Jesus is trustworthy,
and God is trustworthy, we must consider what they say is trustworthy. Jesus said,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jn.
14:6. And since God resides in heaven, and since the Bible is trustworthy, we must
conclude that the only way to heaven is through Jesus. Then the next question is,
“how do we go through Jesus”? Answer, by confessing that we are not perfect; we
are sinners, confessing that Jesus died for our sins as the scriptures say, calling
upon the name of the Lord, and inviting Him into our heart, we shall be saved. (Read
the Romans Road). Jesus will hear you and sup with you. Now finally you will have
peace of heart. The world may make life a little difficult for a season. But be of good
cheer. God has overcome the world. And nothing will separate us from the Love of
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jn. 3:16
Who goes to hell? It is those that reject the truth. The flip side of Jn.3:16 (above) is
Jn. 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.”
Jesus preached about hell more than heaven. He did everything He could to keep
us from going there, including dying on the cross for us. He laid down his life for
us, which there is no greater love than this.
So, who is going to be in hell? Answer; the righteous, sinners, preachers, church
goers, criminals, and any other class of people who rejected the free gift of salvation
through Christ Jesus. That is, our works, church affiliations, and good intentions
will not get us to heaven. Only Jesus – He is the way, truth, and life. I didn’t make
the rules, He did. Remember, God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance.” II Pet. 3:9.
God’s Word is clear that after we die, then we face judgment (Heb. 9:27). For the
saved, it is the judgment of rewards, righteousness and accountability. For the
unsaved, it is the judgment of hell where everyone that rejected the free gift of God,
will live in eternity of torment, separated from the love of God, all the while, knowing
that it did not have to be this way.
My friend, please don’t make this choice. While you are alive on earth, you can
choose Jesus. But after you die, all bets are off, game over, no second chances.
The day you hear Jesus calling you, please don’t hesitate, for today may be the last
time the offer is made