Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Where Do You Go When You Die? Introduction

Where do you go when you die? That seems to be a question on the minds of a lot of people. To be perfectly frank, I don't think young people think about this too much, because they are invincible — they can’t possibly die soon. But for anyone over 40, the thought does enter the mind. "If I were to die today, where would I go?" It is both a theological question and a metaphysical question. Some approach the question from the attitude of wondering if they will go to heaven or hell, while others just wonder about life after death in general.

Most of what we think we know about this is wrong. For example, some people think when they die they turn into angels, like the angel in the movie It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart. We don't turn into angels and we don't get wings for doing good deeds. We do, however, go to a place called Paradise where we await the final judgment.

How do I know this? Let me explain. My approach is one based on my faith, my faith in God and in his Son Jesus Christ. My understanding comes from studying Holy Scripture for over 50 years. In the coming weeks, I will add more to this explanation of where you go when you die. For now, I just wanted to introduce the subject. If anyone is interested, your comments are welcome.

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