I'm so confused about afterlife! So many theories, so many contradictions. I'm reading a lot and getting lost. Please help.?

Update:

1. There is afterlife, yes?

2. I will be greeted by angels and/or dead relatives, yes?

3.. There is purgatory or intermediate state, yes?

4. we go thru intermediate state before we go to heaven or hell, yes?

5. My soul will be conscious yes?

6. Souls never die, yes?

7. There is no incarnation, yes?

8. If there is incarnation, I'll be given a choice to say or no. Yes?

Update 2:

9. souls can't cross over to our physical world, yes?

10. If souls cross over, then I need to seek professional help immediately yes?

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  • 4 years ago
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    The existence of life after death is a universal question. Job speaks for all of us by stating, “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure....If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:1-2, 14). Like Job, all of us have been challenged by this question. Exactly what happens to us after we die? Do we simply cease to exist? Is life a revolving door of departing and returning to earth in order to eventually achieve personal greatness? Does everyone go to the same place, or do we go to different places? Is there really a heaven and hell?

    The Bible tells us that there is not only life after death, but eternal life so glorious that “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came to the earth to give us this gift of eternal life. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus took on the punishment that all of us deserve and sacrificed His life to pay the penalty for our sin. Three days later, He proved Himself victorious over death by rising from the grave. He remained on the earth for forty days and was witnessed by hundreds before ascending to heaven. Romans 4:25 says, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

    The resurrection of the Christ is a well-documented event. The apostle Paul challenged people to question eyewitnesses for its validity, and no one was able to contest its truth. The resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Because Christ was raised from the dead, we can have faith that we, too, will be resurrected. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate proof of life after death. Christ was only the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again. Physical death came through one man, Adam, to whom we are all related. But all who have been adopted into God's family through faith in Jesus Christ will be given new life (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Just as God raised up Jesus' body, so will our bodies be resurrected upon Jesus' return (1 Corinthians 6:14).

    Although we will all be eventually resurrected, not everyone will go to heaven. A choice must be made by each person in this life, and this choice will determine one’s eternal destination. The Bible says that it is appointed for us to die only once, and after that will come judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Those who have been made righteous by faith in Christ will go into eternal life in heaven, but those who reject Christ as Savior will be sent to eternal punishment in hell (Matthew 25:46). Hell, like heaven, is not simply a state of existence, but a literal place. It is a place where the unrighteous will experience never-ending, eternal wrath from God. Hell is described as a bottomless pit (Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:1) and a lake of fire, burning with sulfur, where the inhabitants will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). In hell, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, indicating intense grief and anger (Matthew 13:42).

    God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires them to turn from their wicked ways so that they can live (Ezekiel 33:11). But He will not force us into submission; if we choose to reject Him, He accepts our decision to live eternally apart from Him. Life on earth is a test, a preparation for what is to come. For believers, life after death is eternal life in heaven with God. For unbelievers, life after death is eternity in the lake of fire. How can we receive eternal life after death and avoid an eternity in the lake of fire? There is only one way—through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die...” (John 11:25-26).

    We all sin, therefore we are all sinners. Since God is absolutely holy, He cannot be in the direct presence of sinful creatures. Therefore, all who are sinful must be separated from God and cannot be allowed to enter into His home (Heaven). Hell is the place where these people must go, away from the presence of God. But God loves us and does not want everyone to go to Hell so he sent Jesus Christ to suffer and die on the cross as payment for our sins. After 3 days in the grave Jesus overcame death and rose from the dead and walked among men being seen by hundreds of people. In order to receive this gift from Jesus Christ we must make him our Lord and Savior.

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  • 4 years ago

    My own personal view--from a Protestant Christian background, but not particularly connected (any more) to church doctrine--is that the descriptions vary so much that any attempt to produce a systematic, authoritative answer, even derived from scripture, is misguided.

    We're told that both Jesus and Paul emphasized the teaching, associated with the Pharisees' party, of a resurrection. And yes, this is a physical resurrection (if that's what you mean by "an incarnation"). We're also given lots of references to heaven, including one specific promise, to one specific person, that he would be in paradise shortly after his death. And we're given a lot of attempts to describe afterlife concepts which don't precisely agree.

    First-century Christian writers were trying to recall (or dig out of others recollections) what they could, and explain as well as they could manage. I'm willing to accept their accounts as honest. I'm not convinced they're precise. And I don't trust anyone who claims to have figured it all out perfectly, either.

    I also think that figuring it out is a distraction from our intended objective. Yes, we should be trying to live as members of the realm of heaven, and looking forward to an eventual transition from the Church Militant (engaged in the struggles of this life) to the Church Triumphant (in the life to come)--but we're no more suited to describing the future experience than a primary-school student is prepared to explain the university experience.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I'm the cow Goddess Fireball and you must suck my udder to get saved. moo......

  • MOMMAH
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    http://godsaidmansaid.com/subject.asp?Cat2=255

    REPENT and BELIEVE the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST... OUR RESURRECTED SAVIOR.

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  • 4 years ago

    The best belief that seems to answer all of the spiritual data we have so far is :

    That we were all originally Bored Cherubs ; and 1 decided to learn to love everyone unconditionally , where he imagined his own Growing-up Place . And so everyone wanted in . But he told them they'd have to wear a God-Body , as he has to , which is geared to have to become perfect (Mat. 5:48) ; or else we would subconsciously punish ourselves severely enough in order to motivate themselves to get back on the path .

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    What do you want to know?

  • Mike G
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    They are all, 100% made up.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    ; "All of the Churches are guilty of abominations."

  • 4 years ago

    The important part to remember is that NOBODY knows for sure and if they say that they do they are either lying to you or themselves as well. If they had the evidence that they claim to have there would be no question and everyone would have to believe their claim. Think about it. Hope this helps.

  • Eug.
    Lv 5
    4 years ago

    "Afterlife" doesn't exist. Advise details of contradictions because I've been hearing about these for almost fifty years, but haven't yet found any.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    There is no afterlife

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