We believe in the Life Everlasting

Death is not a spectator sport.

The mortality rate of humankind is the same all over the world:  one death per one person.

The question, “What does the Bible teach about life after death?”, becomes vitally important.

Not everyone thinks there is life after death, though.

Regarding the afterlife, Stephen Hawking, the brilliant cosmologist and theoretical mathematician, declared in 2011:

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

When Christian people say the last two phrases of the Apostles’ Creed we affirm our belief in life after death:

“I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

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What will our resurrection bodies be like?

body2We love superheroes.   When I was 7 years-old I just about gave my mother a heart-attack by dressing up as Batman and climbing onto a high, narrow wall and casually strolling along it.  Thankfully, she managed to cajole me down.  We especially like it when superheroes are “normal” first, then something odd happens and they discover that they have superhuman strengths and abilities.  I think we like these “superhero” movies and TV series because God has placed in all our hearts a desire for a better body.  It seems we all have a built-in dissatisfaction with our present bodies.

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Why do we believe in the resurrection of the body?

resurrectionA Swiss company has taken a fascinating and unexpected approach to memorializing our loved ones who have passed.  The company will compress and super-heat your loved one’s cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished.  It all begins with a chemical process that extracts the carbon from the departed’s ashes. This carbon is then heated to convert it into graphite. The graphite is then heated to as many as 1500 degrees Celsius and subjected to forces as high as 400 000 kg per square inch.  Prices begin at R50 000 for a small diamond.  This company is capitalizing on our desire to want to remember our loved ones and to keep them with us in some way.

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Should Christians be buried or cremated?

coffin 2A not-to-be-named website claims, “Cremation is devil worship by profanely desecrating the human body which is a good gift from God.” Recently I attended a conference and one of the speakers stated that is was his “very strong conviction” that Christians should not be cremated, but buried in the ground.

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