A Better Place

 Here is an extract from A Better Place  from the Latest From Death to Life Magazine published by the Conditional Immortality Association.

“The world needs honest Christians. It needs people who do not hide behind fairy tales, and deny the existence of death.  It needs people who will tell them that death is real, but that Jesus is real too.  The world needs hope that extends beyond the cemetery.  Believers can offer that hope, but we have to do so with integrity. It is wrong to say that death is a friend when the Bible calls it an enemy.15  It is wrong to imply that the blessed hope is a better place at death when the Bible says Christ’s second coming is the blessed hope.16

When the Thessalonians wanted to know about their loved ones who had fallen asleep in death, Paul told them not to “grieve as others do who have no hope”.17 His instructions for them to teach each other were as follows:

“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.  ”18

That is all the encouragement we need.  Our hope is not in some mythical place that believers supposedly go when they die.  Our hope is Jesus. He will not forget us. Death is real, but so is he.”

Check out more of the magazine on the Afterlife Website

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