---catherine: I take comfort in the knowlege that while I am not able to know for sure wether a loved one is saved or lost, God knows - and His judgement is just and compassionate. He loves us all, even the errant among us, as if we were His only child. We will get our chance, when Jesus returns to take us to heaven, to go over the books and satisfy ourselves that His decision was just in every case. Remember that He is a God of mercy as well as justice.
---jerry6593 on 2/6/09|
A pastor told me one time that he didn't mind doing funerals for believers because he knew they were were in heaven. But when asked to do a funeral for a non-believer, he couldn't use the same type message because he didn't want to be deceiving or mislead the family, etc... I believe we all struggle with the issue of whether our family or friends are going to heaven. I pray for all of them to go to heaven. But I take comfort in this scripture."For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, And the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. Isaiah 65:17 Maybe this is the reason for no more tears, sorrow, etc.. in heaven.
---Bob on 2/5/09|
I have never had that experience. Everyone that I know that's died, except for my Grandmother has gone to hell.>>I think. But, I would think that certainly it would be easier to let go. If they are going to go to heaven. Believe you and me, they are better off than you or I.
---catherine on 2/4/09|
I think everybody has fear of the unknown, but lets face it this world is sick and there has to be a better place. Were only here for a short time.
---tonne on 2/4/09|
I am looking forward to being reunited with those who were obedient to God in their lives. I would not be so looking forward to it if I thought that wicked people could get into Heaven.
---frances008 on 11/14/08|
I LONG for the day of the Lord's calling
"Come up hither", weather I'm dead or alive.
My Bible Say's the Dead and those that are alive will change in a twinkling of an eye and we WILL be as he IS.
Can you imagine traveling to the gates of God's kingdom that quick(?),and then returning with Jesus on white horse's defeating the AC & FP and there armies & follower's that recieved the Mark,Name or Number(666) and rule with Yahshua(Jesus) for the 1000 yr. reign, then Satan let loose 1 last time, J-Day, The New Jerusalem descends from Heaven, Life w/God for ever!
Now, are we his children, yet we wonder how we'll be on that day.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 11/11/08|
NO!! I do not believe we will be just like God. Wouldn't be trying to put words in my mouth would you?
Just as we are not like a library. So we are not just like God. However we can go to the library to gain knowledge and after death all knowledge will be open to us through the lord.
---mima on 11/4/08|
Mima: "I believe our minds will be joined back with the mind of God, and therefore we'll have all knowledge available to us."
You're obviously saying by faith believers in heaven will be ALL KNOWING (omniscient) just like God. Where in Scripture does it say that?
Also, I think you're taking John 16:23 way out of context. The verse in no way refers to the afterlife in heaven.
---Leon on 11/2/08|
The sad fact is, there are likely Billions of Christians in the world who lack confidence that they'll receive eternal life. That is due to all the false teachings all throughout history that have always been taught from the pulpit ("strong" delusion, God did say "STRONG",...not to be taken lightly).
"...the sword of the spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD" (STRONG delusion).
The introductory doctrine of Jesus (Hebrews 6:1)..."WORD OF TRUTH" (2 Tim. 2:15, Ephes. 1:13, John 14:6) tells us how to enter "by the door" (John 10:1), but many Christians rather be "great intellectuals" and refuse to love the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10).
---more_excellent_way on 10/30/08|
Before the crucifixion, humanity did not have the hope of eternal life. Because of Jesus, we now have HOPE for eternal life and are to abide by (live by) faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these three is LOVE...
1 Corin. 13:13
"the GREATEST OF THESE is..."
A "more excellent" devotion (1 Corin. 12:31) is based on love for God, not faith alone. We should care about God's likes and dislikes (an act of love), not obsess about everything as a COMMAND (the bible is not an authority, it is a REFERENCE)...
"ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and earth...".
If you don't like being afraid, learn the "depths of God" (1 Corin. 2:10) and receive the guarantee (Ephesians 1:14).
---more_excellent_way on 10/30/08|
Mima:- why did God say"By their FRUITS you shall know them"?Yet you claim 'Not what I do'Death is a certainty-we must be ready at all times.Do you know what God's Final verdict on you is?But yet you approach it with much aplomb, you change the venue of the discussion we were talking about Death and you change it to the word of God.You will discover much to your dismay HOPE is a Virtue of the Holy Spirit, which we are ALL in need of with humility.
---Mic on 10/28/08|
Mic you wrote".May you approach it with HOPE and Humility, not of a certaintity as you describe."
Are you suggesting that I treat the word of God with hope and not certainty.
My friend Hope is always conditional but certainty speaks to the actual happening before it happens.
My salvation rests entirely on the Lord Jesus Christ and his shed blood on the cross of Calgary not on what I do.
---mima on 10/28/08|
I'm looking forward to what happens after I die however the actual process itself sounds somewhat unpleasent.
---TIMOTHY on 10/28/08|
Hi, I am soooo sorry Carla, there are no words for this. :( You are in my prayers, dear. May God comfort you the way only He can.
---Mary on 10/26/08|
To 1st cliff, well I was paraphrasing but anyway here is the verse.
It is found in John 16:23
"And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."
---mima on 10/26/08|
This is a great question. God has protected me from death many times. I have many health problems that make it a gift that I'm even here. I never thought I would make it past 30 and I'm 37.
I believe my life is gift from God, but my death will be a gift as well. I wont have any health problems, yes this will be great. But, I will get to be with the One who has been with me and protecting me.
It is a struggle to keep a positive out look on dying, but with a close relationship with God, through constant prayer and reading the Bible I can keep my eye's on Jesus.
The hardest part will be letting go of family who don't believe.
---Shelly on 10/26/08|
If I know the person is saved I have peace.I don't even cry since I'd just be crying for myself.I am not afraid of what happens after death.I know I'll be with the LOrd.I do think death can sometimes be painful and that part I dread.
---shirley on 10/26/08|
Mima:- I am sorry to hear of your heart attack and the incapitation it has caused you .Hope you are well once more.Your concept of death is however to be met with intrepedation .As it is a step into the unknown.May you approach it with HOPE and Humility, not of a certaintity as you describe.
---Mic on 10/26/08|
Mima, Where is the scripture that says"in that day you will ask me no questions?"
---1st_cliff on 10/26/08|
I hate death sorry to say, just when I have gotten to know my family members they are all sadly dying off one by one. Death seems so final and I guess knowing many of my family members did not know the Lord makes it even more hateful, I know Christ has the keys and I rejoice for than.
I recently lost some of my close friends all in their 30's/40's and one friends child who committed suicide 13 weeks ago, Don't cope very well with death and try not to let it get the better of me, theses are the times when I am most weak.
---Carla3939 on 10/26/08|
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I rejoice in your healing Mima! :) Praise the Lord indeed! :) Stay well. :)
---Mary on 10/26/08|
"How does death effect you?" It does not.
I believe the words of Jesus. "I am the resurrection, and the life: He that believes in Me, though he were dead [or has died is the implication], yet shall he live: And whosoever lives [at the time of His return is implied from the whole of scripture] and believes in Me shall never die." John 11:25,26
"Does it make it easier to take if you know the person is going to heaven?"
Only the Father knows, as concerning another, who will abide in the paradise of His heaven, however believing that a departed loved one will be redeemed would of course make accepting their death easier.
---josef on 10/26/08|
I am very interested in death! After a heart attack I was completely incapacitated. Could not open and close my hands, had to wear diapers, and really in bad shape. My concern at the time was that I would linger here on earth. The reason for my fascination about death is that I'm looking forward to the other side. I actually believe that I'm going to be with the Lord. I am interested in knowledge, and I believe our minds will be joined back with the mind of God, and therefore we'll have all knowledge available to us.
Jesus said" in that day you will ask me no questions" if we have no questions we obviously have access to all the answers. Except for having lost half my feet I have totally recovered!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!
---mima on 10/26/08|
Knowing that a person was saved prior to death is a comforting thought. Knowing that the person refused Jesus even on their deathbed is sad. Not knowing for sure is discomforting. I wouldn't want anyone to go to Hell.
---SusieB on 10/25/08|
Death is never pleasant but if the person is saved you feel better because you know the outcome will be okay. The person who is dying also has a better outlook on dying than one who is not.
---john on 10/25/08|
People now are investing in how they will become when they die. How you are will be spiritually and emotionally multiplied, once there is no physical body to "dilute" how you are with pleasures to make you feel good. Hebrews 2:14-15 shows me that "fear of death" is slavery to Satan. Fear about the economy is a form of fear of death, because it is fear of losing the selfish lives we want. So, when ones die, I feel like they have cashed in on all their investment decisions, and it's time for me to go on to love others. To say a selfish person went to Heaven, just because he/she charmed us with religious acting or whatever . . . this is "wishful".
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/25/08|
In order to enter the NEW heaven, we must have a PRESENT heaven within...(and it will show in how we interact with others).
"...for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away..."
If you find this life to be "all that", then real life (eternal life with God) is likely not very attractive to you. We are to PREPARE for the new heaven with our behavior/attitudes in daily life and we are to truly LOVE God (instead of simply FAITHING Him, 1 Corin. 13:13).
"He who finds his life [in this world] will lose it...".
---more_excellent_way on 10/25/08|
Death either comes suddenly, so we do not have a chance to fear, or it comes slowly and usually we are in so much pain we are looking forward to the end of it. I fear being left alone more than being taken out of the picture. I worry that my death will inconvenience a lot of people because of all my material goods, clothes etc. In fact I am trying to get rid of them gradually. The death of relatives worries me only in that I am so far away. I fear, much more, becoming a burden on relatives, with the illnesses that old age might bring.
---frances008 on 10/24/08|
Death is a devastating thing to have to go through, as we know it. But it does make one feel better to know that our loved one that has passed on was saved. Death has always been scary to us as humans because we don't understand it or the full details of it. But die we will. That is a given and is certain. We are on our way back to the grave from the day we are born. Just a matter of time.
---Robyn on 10/24/08|