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Is there life before and after death?

Job’s question, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14, NKJV) still resonates today. People throughout history have been convinced that the afterlife exists. It’s only a matter of what form it would take.

God says that when we die, we’ll enter the afterlife (Matthew 25:46) either to paradise or torment in the Hadean realm (Luke 16:19-31; 23:43). This will be followed by judgment day based on how we have chosen to live (Revelation 20:11-15).

Yet, we can also ask if there is life before death in a world steeped in sin and depravity. As the world worsens, we feel increasingly isolated and discouraged by what we see.

“In an age where we have concluded that there is nothing worth dying for, there is also nothing worth living for” (Chuck Colson).

Knowing what we needed in the core of our being, Jesus offered the abundant life in the Spirit (John 10:10; Galatians 5:16-25). The spiritual arena is our new existence and we must learn how to live there bearing fruit within our new world (Ephesians 4:1; Galatians 2:20).

Being certain that the spiritual battle rages throughout humanity (Ephesians 6:10-17), we understand why people behave as they do and that the world’s broken standards are Satan’s work (John 8:44).

Our citizenship is in heaven and we’re unencumbered by the trash of this world when we begin living as God desires (Philippians 3:20). Let’s learn to focus on eternal things so we can truly find the happiness that God has provided (Philippians 4:6-7).

When our definitions of happiness, peace and contentment change as a result of our spiritual transformation (Romans 12:1-2), we find that true happiness is only found in Christ because it is a taste of heaven to come.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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