A question that seems to come up in all of our lives, no matter where we are from and what background we have. What happens when we die? It is a question that plagues many of us. In many peoples lives there is a deep fear of death and dying, and I feel much of this is caused by an uncertainty of our eternal destiny. What will happen to me when I die? Not many people can answer this with much certainty. And those who can are often written off as radicals and fanatics. And yet I believe it is a question that requires an answer, and many religions try to give and answer. Some just try to write the whole subject off and say nothing happens. You just cease to exist. There are many answers to this question, and a lot more uncertainty regarding this question.
Just recently I was again confronted with this question. In the two weeks in my home province there have been 7 unexpected deaths. One family of 5, including a pair of 6 year old twins died in a house fire. I imagine the only thing on their minds was Christmas and the coming holiday celebrations. Just a few days later a 7 year old girl died in another house fire. And again within a day or two a 45 year old man, walking down the street was struck by a falling sign that was hit by a car. He died instantly, and all he was thinking about I guess was what he was going to get his wife and family for gifts. I don’t imagine anyone was contemplating eternity.
Not one of us thinks that we will die early. Everyone has a “won’t happen to me” attitude as we walk through life. And yet death can grab us unexpectedly at any time. And yet we play out our lives and never consider what will happen to us when we die. Not one of us can determine the day we will die. And the only time we have to answer this question is while we are alive. After we die it is to late.
My bible states that I can know with absolute certainty what my eternal destiny is, and can live with absolute confidence that I am secure in what will happen to me, and not have to live in fear of dying. 1John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” I can know my destiny and answer the eternal question. Ephesians 1:13-14″In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
I know without a doubt what will happen to me and I am secure in that knowledge. And would love to know that all people have the same security.