The Truth Verses Lies Concerning Death
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.
What Is the Truth About Death Verses the Lie
The Bible accurately proves that the dead are 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 spirit of a person. 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 brain 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 a #resurrection where millions will 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 comforting thoughts from the scriptures and share them with others when they lose a loved one in death.
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