And you what do you know about eternal life? He asked myself as I decided to try to find a hopeful answer to what I consider one of the most enigmatic, perplexing and intriguing questions of all time: What happens to us after death?
There is an obvious part to this well-known question…we know what happens to the body, it returns to dust along with the cessation of all its vital functions, unable to maintain what is known as homeostatic capacity (maintain life) but: Does the same thing happen with the personality? Is there any part of us that is not affected by this condition of physical death?
There have been many answers that have emerged throughout history, in many cases the product of tradition, popular culture, imagination, and even science fiction. They speak from the absolute cessation of all existence, to the soul reincarnation in other living beings, however none seems to fully define what happens when we experience death.
What do you know about living death.
The truth is that we are all slowly dying. In general, the average person thinks little about death, however the reality is that no matter what, our safe destination it is having to go through that event, in a very intimate and personal way at some point.
Throughout life, and especially after a certain age, our bodies naturally begin to deteriorate, making the inevitable pass of the time, It is then when we begin to look more carefully at those loved ones who leave us to an unknown beyond, inviting us to reflect on how have we lived? or How are we living?
Certainly, death has been a natural part of life for a long time, but was it always like this? Why, if it is a safe destination, does nobody want to have to go through there? Why does the human being cling so tightly to something that he cannot keep, such as life? What sense does life have if the only sure thing in it is death?
Does the Bible have an answer?
yes, the Bibleconsidered by many to be the word of God, is possibly the most widely read, persecuted, questioned, and admired book in the history of humanity, being the compendium that brings together information on a huge variety of topics, devoting not a few pages or references to the subject of death and life… but it also speaks of something hopeful, the possibility of eternal life.
The reason why man does not want to die is simple, according to the bible he was not created to do so, death is a natural part of life since sin was introduced into humanity when man was created in the Eden according to the biblical account it was not like that, he had no reason to die.
What is the nature of death?
The main warning that God gave to Adam and Eve in the garden of edenso that they could preserve their communion with Him and perpetuity of life, was that they not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil “because the day they eat from it they will die.”
The Bible says verbatim: (…) but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you will not eat; for in the day you eat of it you will surely die. Genesis 2:17
And although Adam and Eve did not die instantly after disobeying God, the ability to experience death did enter their bodies and manifest itself after the years, which is why all their children (the entire human race) inherit it and along with it, the enormous frustration of not being able to stay longer on this earth.
The sin It is therefore disobedience to God, and this disobedience can be manifested in many ways, always producing the same consequence, physical and spiritual death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
What do you know about Salvation?
And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this the judgment, so also Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, unrelated to sin, to save those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28
Although physical death due to sin seems inevitable, the Bible speaks of another possibility, eternal life obtained through Jesus. According to the sacred scriptures, Jesus, who never sinned, died on the cross in our place, thus paying before divine justice what our redemption demanded to give us eternal life with him.
Our security is therefore, that if he rose and now lives forever, we (who believe in him) also have that possibility if we persevere believing in him until the end, the Bible says about Jesus:
“…Christ, in the days of his flesh, offering prayers and supplications with great cries and tears to the one who could deliver him from death, was heard because of his reverent fear. Y although he was a Son, by what he suffered he learned obedience (…) and having been perfected, he became the author of eternal salvation for all those who obey him; and he was declared by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek ”. Hebrews 5:8-10
What do you know about Jesus?
Jesus as the son of God was a perfect man who, although he was tempted in everything, never sinned, for this reason, death had no power over him, he had to live forever, however, being a man born of a woman (descendant of Adam and Eve ), had the precise condition inherited from Maria to be able to experience death…
And although he did not sin or die of natural causes, he was deliberately murdered by the Romans at the incitement of the religious leaders of the Jewish people. Peter describes these events well to Cornelius in the book of Acts, speaking of Jesus as follows:
(…) you know what was spread throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism that John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went about doing good and healing all oppressed by the devil, because God was with him.
And we are witnesses of all the things that Jesus did in the land of Judea and in Jerusalem; who was killed by hanging on a tree. God raised him up on the third day, and made him manifest; not to all the people, but to the witnesses that God had ordained beforehand, to us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
And he commanded us to preach to the people, and testify that he is the one whom God has appointed as Judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets testify that all who believe in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.
And what do you know about Life and Death?
Jesus is therefore our only ticket to eternal life according to the Bible, being that it is only by his sacrifice that we receive the forgiveness of our sins, and that it is those same sins, linked to our fallen nature that cause our death, physical and spiritual. Now we already have at least a broader perspective on life and death, and especially on life expectancy Eternal, There is a glorious future for everyone who believes in Jesus.