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THE BIBLE IS CLEAR ON what to expect after you die. It says that you have a soul
that will continue a conscious existence when your physical body dies. You will
find yourself in either everlasting life (heaven) or everlasting contempt
(hell). Here is what the Bible says:
"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to
everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
The Bible describes heaven as a better country (Hebrews 11:16), which will have
many places to live described as mansions (John 14:2). There will be no decay or
corruption in heaven (Matthew 6:20). We will have new bodies free from aging,
health problems, and any sort of deterioration (1 Corinthians 15:44). There will
be no more death, sorrow, or pain; nor will we experience hunger, thirst, or
tears (Revelation 7:16,17; 21:4). These are only a few of the descriptions of
heaven found in the Bible.
The bottom line is: heaven is going to be a wonderful place where we will
live eternally with God. We have to ask ourselves: "Am I going to be there to
The Bible also describes hell. Hell is also a very real place. Most of our
detailed information about it comes from Jesus as He warned people of its
horrors. In fact, Jesus spoke more of hell than He did of heaven. He did not
want anyone to go to that place of torment.
The Bible says that hell is a place of unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:12) where
those who do not obey God will be punished with everlasting destruction (2
Thessalonians 1:9). There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:42),
everlasting punishment (Matthew 24:46), indignation and wrath, tribulation and
wrath, upon every soul of man that does evil (Romans 2:8,9). In Mark 9:43-48
Jesus warns us in graphic detail to avoid hell at all costs. He says that if our
hand, foot, or eye is leading us to sin, it would be better to remove it and go
through life without it than to end up in the fires of hell. As drastic as that
sounds, Jesus is telling us that the very worst atrocity that could be
experienced on earth would be heaven compared to the unending horrors of hell.
The bottom line is, hell is a fearsome place of eternal torment. We have to ask
ourselves: "Am I going to hell to suffer forever?"
It is not God's desire for you to go to hell. It is your choice. Choose heaven
and everlasting life.
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"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:
repent ye,and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15