When a loved one dies, it can be traumatic, hurtful and very upsetting. The thought of them no longer being around and in your life, and gone forever can cause us to feel lonely and sorrowful even depressed.
The question then is … is there life after death? Does life continue beyond the grave? Is there any hope at all?
Research by scientists and medical doctors who have studied “near death experiences” are inclined to believe that there is some sort of consciousness beyond death.
Dr Sam Parnia is a British assistant professor of Medicine at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine where he also is director of research into cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He has been researching NDE for more than 20 years.
His studies have found that when a person’s heart stops, approximately 20-30 seconds later the brain ceases to function. When this happens physically the body shuts down … and dies.
Many patients have reported venturing into a world of bright light with celestial landscapes and beings. Some have also experienced dark voids and hellish and frightening visions.
Dr Sam Parnia’s conclusion is: “Thus, while it was not possible to absolutely prove the reality or meaning of patients’ experiences and claims of awareness (after death), it was impossible to disclaim them either and more work is needed in this area. Clearly, the recalled experience surrounding death now merits further genuine investigation without prejudice.”
The question remains then … is there life after death?
For the Christian we have the holy scriptures to turn to for our answers, and through our faith and belief in God’s word, we know that after death, life does go on.
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:25–26).
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ teaches that because of His resurrection, all who believe and follow Him, when they die … will be blessed with eternal life with Him.
When our Lord was crucified on the cross at Calvary between two thieves, He promised one of them that he will be with Him in paradise … today.
After their impending death, they will both be together in paradise … home of the spirits.
And Jesus said unto him: “Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection: “Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.” Alma 40:11
Yes, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most carefully documented events in history. To follow are some instances which have been recorded.
(1 Cor. 15:5)
(Luke 24:30, 33)
“If a man die, shall he live again?” asked Job (Job 14:14). In faith, Job answered his own question:
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the Earth:
“And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” (Job 19:25–26).
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor. 15:22).
Because He lives and has conquered death, we all shall rise again and live eternally.
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