As Old Testament Job struggled with the issues of life and death, he thought of a tree and observed that though it is cut down, it will sprout again. “Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.” Job 14:8-9. It may be that this image brought to Job's mind the question, if human beings die, will they live again? This question has been confronting humanity down through the ages.
Human life is a fact, death for all of us is a fact, and entrance into the eternal world is a fact in the Judeo-Christian faith. I believe that God’s Word reveals to us the fact of existence beyond the grave. And though the Bible is somewhat silent on specific details about life after this life that would thoroughly satisfy curious minds, it nevertheless, does reveal important truths. We must remember that the purpose of revelation is not to satisfy our curiosity, but to command our faith. And it is in the context of this command and faith that “life and immortality are brought to light.”
The momentous fact of eternal life as the gift of God through Jesus Christ is set before the reader in this book. Though the Bible gives us more information regarding our ultimate final state than it does the particular period of the soul’s existence between death and the resurrection; we are not left in total darkness. The Scriptural idea of the soul’s continued existence after death is plain enough to assure us that death does not have the last word; it is not the end of our life’s story.
The Biblical truths presented herein recognize death as the boundary of life that separates the living from the deceased. In Judeo-Christian faith is the belief that in passing through the portals of death we enter into the unknown region of the afterlife; we cease to be creatures of this world with its limitations of time and become inhabitants of another world and an eternal state.
The content in this e-book is offered for your contemplation with the prayer that the blessing of God is upon it. I pray that it is instrumental in expanding the knowledge of seekers after truth. May it prove to be solid food for those who hunger and thirst for understanding that cluster around death and afterlife in Judeo-Christian thought.
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Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast who became the first African-American woman to become all-around Olympic champion. After winning the all-around gold medal she told a reporter, "I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him, and the blessings fall down on me."
Source: Dr. Jim Denison, President, Denison Forum on Truth and Culture