Is there anything after death?
There is a Yorkshire’s song named ‘Ilkley Moor Baht’at’ describes a man dying, his body being eaten by worms, then ducks eating the worms, and us eating the ducks, with the conclusion, ‘Then we will all have eaten thee….!’ Change and decay affect all our bodies. However, we are not just bodies.
If somebody says something which ‘hurts’ you, it is not the body which is hurt but the real, inner you. The soul and spirit, as the Bible calls this, will live forever. ‘It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.’ (Hebrews 9:27).
People say, ‘Nobody has ever come back from the dead to tell us,’ but they are wrong. Christ died, then rose bodily again. He is the one who spoke most strikingly about life after death. He spoke of heaven and warned of hell.
Heaven is a place where God is known in all His love and goodness, and where He ‘will wipe away every tear; there sh
all be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying and there shall be no more pain.’ (Revelation 21:4). It is a place reserved for all who have trusted Christ to cleanse them from the sin which cuts them off from God, in life and in eternity.
There is another place. Those who leave this world without repenting and coming to know Christ as their Saviour cannot avoid going to hell forever.
Christ spoke of this place. He then went to die on the Cross so that we can turn and be forgiven and escape it.
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