By Nathan Jones
What is your attitude about death? And, do you know what will happen when you die?
The Bible says that Jesus died in order to deliver people from their life-long bondage to the fear of death. But, many people don't understand that, and as a result live their lives based on an eternal perspective founded on presupposition and selfish desires. If only people read and studied the Bible, they'd have the true picture of the afterlife in all its wonder and glory, and knowing salvation have nothing to fear.
Most of these eternal questions people have been asking are answered in Dr. David Reagan's newest book, Eternity: Heaven or Hell? I recently interviewed Dr. Reagan to find out why he wrote the book and to glean some of those important answers. Here now is the first question in this interview series concerning what to expect in the afterlife.
Dr. Reagan, why did you want to write a book concerning what to expect in the afterlife?
Dr. Reagan: I wrote Eternity: Heaven or Hell? because I could not conceive of a topic more important than that of eternity. Every person who has ever lived or who is alive today has an eternal destiny of either Heaven or Hell.
Now, Atheists deny this. Their greatest hope is that there is nothing after death. What a hope! But, their denial of both Heaven and Hell is futile, and it violates our basic nature, for one of the instincts that we are born with is the sense that there is something beyond this life. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God has "placed eternity in our hearts," just as He has given us an instinctive knowledge that He exists, according to Romans chapters 1 and 2.
Accordingly, the Bible exhorts us to live with an eternal perspective. Colossians 3:2 says we are to "set our minds on things that are above, and not on the things that are on the earth." And, in 1 John 2:15, we are warned not to fall in love with the world, nor the things of the world, because we are told that if we love the world, the love of God is not in us.
And yet, the Church today is filled with professing Christians who are clinging to this world as if it were the only hope they had. Why is that? Well, I believe the bottom line cause is an ignorance of what God's Word has to say about the future. That problem, in turn, is due to the fact that most pastors avoid teaching and preaching Bible prophecy. Bible prophecy is full of glorious promises about the believer's future, so glorious, in fact, that the Apostle Paul was moved to write these words: "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is yet to be revealed to us." Now that is a mouthful!
I know people who are suffering mightily in this life from emotional problems, physical handicaps, and various diseases. Yet, Paul declares that no matter what we may suffer, it cannot be compared to the blessings that are lying in front of us if we have put our trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Paul repeats this incredible thought in 1 Corinthians 2:9 where he states: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has the mind of man conceived, What God has prepared, for those who love Him."
I can guarantee you one thing for sure, if you ever spend the time to search out the promises of God's Word for believers after they die, you will fall out of love with this wretched world and start yearning with all your heart for Heaven. Instead of feeling comfortable with this world, you will sense that you are a pilgrim passing through an alien land en route to your true home, an eternal one in Heaven. And, that's what my new book is all about. It reveals the glorious promises that God has made about life after death, and it challenges you to live with an eternal perspective.
Read on for an answer to Question #2 on Soul Sleep!
Eternity: Heaven or Hell? Book