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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
The Bible's message is clear on this point. Death is
death beyond any shadow of doubt. The apostle Paul
wrote that "the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23).
Death, by definition, is the absence of life-not just
separation from God.
Scripture even warns us to make the most of life
now while we have the opportunity: "Whatever your
hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no
work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave
where you are going" (Eccl. 9:10, Revised Authorized
Version).
It couldn't be more plain. But what about those
who want to cling to the cherished belief in floating off
to heaven after death if good, or sinking to hell if
bad?
Listen to the apostle Peter's response.
If
anyone
deserved to go to heaven, it would certainly be
someone after God's own heart, wouldn't it? David
was such a person (Acts 13:22). But Peter was inspired
by God to say, David is "both dead and buried, and
his tomb is with us to this day" (Acts 2:29, RAV), and
further, "David did not ascend into the heavens"
(Acts 2:34).
Jesus himself also said that "no man hath ascended
up to heaven," where God's throne is (John 3:13).
Will We Each Live Again?
But there is more to this life than living for the present
life. The Great God put humans here on this earth for a
marvelous, eternal purpose, not even understood by this
world's humanly devised religions.
We are on this earth for a wonderful reason.
It
involves the answer to why we humans were made
mortal and suffer through the gamut of emotions and
troubles, or experience the good times of human life.
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