Claudette Carter, is thrilled to share the good news of Jehovah God's kingdom and its hope for the future with people of all nations.
Is There Life After Death?
What happens after the death of a loved one? This is a question that continues to baffle the majority of mankind. What is the truth verses a lie concerning death and the horrifying impact it has on our lives. Consider the following true events. A daughter discovers, her father dead in their home, although she thought he had just fallen asleep in a chair. At the age of six, a young child cries upon realizing that one day, she would die. A mother and father cry profusely when they discover that their seven year old daughter has died from a deadly form of #cancer. Eight children died in a house fire which was one of the worst catastrophies in this small city's history. What consolation should be given to the remaining members of these families that will inspire them to go on after such tragic losses? Would they find comfort if their religious leaders explained that their loved ones were taken because God needed angels?
Where Can We Find Reasonable Answers About Death
The Bible clearly explains at Hebrews 12:22 that Jehovah God has "myriads of angels," in heaven. He is the Grand Creator and does not need to take our family members for angelic fulfillment. Almighty God can see how painful it is when we lose someone in #death. He is aware that we die due to inherited sin and death from our forefather Adam, who disobeyed God. (Romans 5:12) Our Heavenly Father promises to eliminate death which is an enemy, through the ransom of his precious son Jesus Christ. God's holy word explains how, "The last enemy that shall be abolished is death." (1 Corinthians 15:26) While on earth, Jesus perfectly demonstrated how this would be accomplished, through the resurrection of such individuals as Lazarus. (John 11:40-44) The spiritually alert can clearly see the preponderance of God's word, where such loving acts of the dead being resurrected is the fundamental truth of what will occur to our dearly departed loved ones in the future.
What Is the Origin of the Truth Concerning Death
God's word the Bible teaches truth about the #condition of the dead. "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten." (Ecclesiastes 9:5) Holy Bible American Standard Version We cannot speak to the dead, neither can they harm us. It is imperative that we understand and accept these teachings of truth so that we will not be deceived by peddlers of false teachings, perpetrated by Satan and his demons. The prolific sources of false teachings about the condition of the dead, has brought an insurmountable source of disregard for the Bible. Although "Not one word out of all the good words that Jehovah your God has spoken to you has failed." (Joshua 23:14) New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
The #Bible has proven itself to be a book of history that can be traced to specific dates, historical figures and locations. It is scientifically accurate and harmonious because it is inspired by Almighty God. Even its critics have acknowledged, "When these writings are put together, they constitute, structurally, one book . . . There is nothing exactly resembling it, in all literature." --The Problem Of The Old Testament, by James Orr. When we obtain the proper understanding of what the Bible really teaches concerning our dead loved ones, we can sanctify our Heavenly Father Jehovah, apply what Jesus taught and be a true source of comfort to others.
The Origin of False Teachings In Opposition to What Jesus Taught Concerning Death
The brochure, What Happens to Us When We Die? expresses how, "Clearly, the teaching of the immortality of the soul goes back to ancient Babylon. According to the Bible, a book bearing the stamp of accurate history, the city of Babel, or Babylon, was founded by Nimrod, a great grandson of Noah. After the global Flood in Noah's day, there was only one language and one religion. By founding the city and constructing a tower there, Nimrod started another religion. The Bible record shows that after the confusion of languages at Babel, the unsuccessful tower builders scattered and made new beginnings, taking along their religion. (Genesis 10:6-10, 11:4-9) Babylon's religious teachings thus spread across the face of the earth."
The origin of such teachings as immortality of the soul, evolved from #Babel or Babylon. Today, these same teachings of afterlife, immortal souls, reincarnation, transmigration and karma, have flourished within eastern religions. Each of these teachings focus on some part of the human body surviving after death with the ability to see and hear what is going on in the world. "According to Shinto belief, a 'departed' soul still has its personality but is stained because of death." Twelve year old Maria, stated, "how devastated I was to learn from my pastor that a loving God would burn people in hell forever because they were bad. No God who says he is loving should be that vindictive, to torture someone forever in fire." What an interesting perspective from the view of a young person. Maria, went on to explain how she had read in the Bible that Jehovah God detested such actions based on Jeremiah 7:31, "And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded not, neither came it into my mind." She clearly felt that this was a lie told on God because burning someone in fire forever, never came in his heart.
Individuals Attempt To Prove That There Is an "Afterlife"
Some individuals from the scientific and intellectual community, are in complete agreement with a book entitled, #Life After Death: The Burden of Proof by #Deepak Chopra. The author admitted what the origin of his beliefs are by stating, "While writing this book on the afterlife, I kept being drawn back to stories that I'd heard in India as a child. Parables are a powerful way to teach children, and many of the ones told to me have lasted all my life. So, I decided to weave the book around tales of the kind I heard at home, around the temples, and at school, hoping that the reader would be enticed by a world where heroes battle darkness in order to emerge into the light." Chopra admits that this book is based on tales, parables and stories. Is it safe then to teach these beliefs to others, who have loss someone in death and is really in search of truth and a real hope for the future of their dead loved one? This type of information could send an individual in search of truth spiralling into an endless abyss of confusion. Our teachings about life after death, could be detrimental to those in search of what is true verses what is false.
Consider such quotes by influential individuals such as Helen Keller who stated, "Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know because in that other room I shall be able to see." Henry Miller expressed, "Of course you don't die. Nobody dies. Death does not exist, you only reach a new level of vision, a new realm of consciousness, a new unknown world." #Stephen King commented, "Death is when the monsters get you." Various religious beliefs and teachings have infiltrated our society. It is clear that only our Grand Creator really knows what happens at death. The condition of the dead is expressed clearly in his word the Bible. Our reading and application of it is vital for our understanding and survival today.
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What Is the Truth About Death, Elimination of Death and A Resurrection Hope?
|Why do we die?||How will God eliminate death?||Will a resurrection of the dead occur?|
Due to inherited sin and death from our forefather Adam who disobeyed God. (Romans 5:12)
Our Heavenly Father Jehovah promises to eliminate death which is an enemy, through the ransom of his precious Son Jesus Christ.(1Corinthians 15:26)
Jesus perfectly demonstrated how this would be accomplished through the resurrection of such individuals as Lazarus. (John 11:40-44)
What Is the Truth About Death? Does Hell Exist?
The Bible accurately proves that the dead or unconscious or without life. Our dead loved ones cannot speak to us but wicked demons will attempt to deceive us by claiming they are the person who has passed. For our protection Jehovah has warned us against trying to speak with the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:9-13) It is also slanderous to believe that God causes some of the dead to be tormented forever in a firery burning place. (Jeremiah 7:31) We should carefully consider, “Although a force of life or ‘spirit’ keeps humans and animals alive, we are not spirits that merely inhabit a body of flesh. (Ecclesiastes 3:19; Genesis 3:19; Genesis 7:21,22) We are physical creatures made out of dust. (Genesis 2:7, 3:19) When our brains dies our thoughts perish. Thus after being resurrected, Lazarus said nothing of his experience in death because the dead are unconscious:“The Watchtower, 6/1/11, pages 16-17.
Jesus taught us about the hope of the resurrection where millions come out of the memorial tombs upon hearing God’s voice. (John 5:28,29) We look forward to that time because our Creator promised this and he cannot lie. (Numbers 23:19) Our dead loved ones will awaken just as Lazarus did to a new earth based on the #Kingdom Jesus taught us to pray for, where death, sickness or sorrow will never exist again. What profound truths we have been given from the Bible, as opposed to man-made lies. We can remember these conforting thoughts from the scriptures and share them others when they lose a loved one in death.
Discover more of the truth concerning death go the the website below.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses—Official Website: jw.org
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Our official website provides online access to the Bible, Bible-based publications, and current news. It describes our beliefs and organization.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Claudette Coleman Carter
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on June 18, 2012:
Thank you for this article. It is helpful.
The truth, God's truth about death is that we are created as "Spirit" at some point in time God places us into a human host for a specific period of time known only to God Himself.
When God requires our return to heaven, our host bodies cease to be useful and die, But, we as spirit, revert back to spirit and continue to serve God.
Magdelene from Okotoks on June 17, 2012:
God is not a riddle and he said he will be with us in life and in death if only we shall believe in him. Many believe as they are told from childhood or through the experiences of their life and which path the choose to walk down. The written word has many different versions, who is to say which is wrong and which is right and does it really matter, as stated by another, the truth is within you.
Some may know but they can offer you no concrete proof of what they know to be true. This does not make their story false and their story can also not be proven to be true with cold hard facts that you can hold and see with your own eyes.
Others know the truth and the attempt is to point them in the other direction, away from the truth. It is told to them, 'What you say can not be proven and we will say to you that these things that you envision are false and it is your wishful thinking that builds these dreams.'
Be Ye not one that can not contain the information that was given to you, hold strong and do not let them lead you astray. Let your knowing hold you close, remember who you are. There is much more beauty to behold.
Some may have experienced NDE's and the Spirit perhaps does not stop once the heart of the body stops beating, this too can not be proven with cold hard facts... but it can also not be proven as false.
Be open to others and listen to what they may have to say, in this you may find truth, or even grains of truth that your Spirit will recognize.
Cynthia Taggart from New York, NY on June 16, 2012:
the Kingdom of Heaven within provides the answer. Most of us conduct ourselves and do good only when it is seen by others. This is also true in that the four gospels are written in response to a man's "heart" and thoughts. The will to do evil arises in the context when persons believe they are not being "watched" - but they know inside themselves what they have done and though no man on earth may find out, the life beyond will be reflective of our true selves. When we die, these emanations from within our heart go with us. While on earth we can hide our sins or evil from others, but from ourselves spiritually, never. To commune with the dead is pointless. To contemplate eternity but in preparation and hope of its glory is not vainful or "dark." It is why Jesus warned that we concern our selves with this life and the "God of the living." What we do matters.
gabgirl12 on June 16, 2012:
Either way, God allowed Samuel to come back from the dead. That is the truth.
But folks would rather stress 'the rules need to be obeyed' than admit that there have been exceptions and they have been broken. They go so far as to 'warn' you of what would happen.
Mary gave birth to a child who was conceived out of wedlock. She would have been stoned or killed. The truth is relative only to God. It's not a declaration to go against the rules, but when people force their perception of what is 'good' and what is 'evil' on others who just won't accept it or believe it, they can't complain against those who rebel.
Good and evil are in the heart of each person. Everyone is capable of making the right decisions.
Claudette Coleman Carter (author) from Media, Pennsylvania on June 16, 2012:
God warned Saul and he continues to warn his servants today, not to inquire of the dead.(Deut 18:9-13) When we disobey, it puts us in contact with the demons which can pretend to be our dead loved ones. Saul made a personal decision to go to this spirit medium, just as we have the choice today. (1 Samuel 28:3-20) Our decision to obey or not to listen to our Grand Instructor, who knows what is best for us as our Creator, is up to each individual.
gabgirl12 on June 16, 2012:
The truth is relative only to God. God broke His own rule concerning death when he allowed 'necromancy' to take place concerning the Witch of Endor and King Saul. He allowed the Spirit of Samuel to come and speak to Him. Why do you think that is? Frankly I notice there are usually exceptions to every one of God's rules and commandments. I don't really have any disregard for the rules and commandments, nor do I disregard God. But this is the truth nonetheless.