What happens after death?

Pastor Pat Answers, Issues

I’ve been getting ready to preach a sermon at Calvary Chapel Oakville in our “Life’s Big Questions” series about death, specifically what happens after death.

As part of that sermon, I am going to deal with common perceptions that people have about what happens after you die; beliefs like reincarnation (Hinduism, Buddhism, and many other eastern religions), purgatory (Roman Catholicism), all good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell, etc.

There’s been some talk in our culture in recent years about people who have Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) and supposedly spend some time in heaven or seeing a great light or having a feeling of peace.

An article in Macleans that deals with this topic ended with a fascinating quote that sums up what many believe. Here it is:

Ordinary sinners increasingly don’t believe that they deserve judgment, let alone hell. Theists and atheists alike dispute any earthly authority’s right to judge, and both feel NDEs give them reason to hope for something beyond the grave. And many believers confidently expect that God isn’t judgmental either. (link)

That’s a significant quote, especially if it sums up what many in our culture believe about death: that God isn’t judgmental.

God is judgemental. Actually, He has committed judgement to His Son, Jesus (John 5:22).

But the beautiful thing is that all of your sin and my sin was judged on the cross. Forgiveness is here! We are living in an age of grace!

Death is in the world as a result of sin.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Forgiver, than you will not be judged, but will enter into eternal life.

If you have not accepted Jesus, then you will be judged.

The Bible clearly teaches that after death, comes judgement: “Indeed, just as people are destined to die once and after that to be judged,” (Hebrews 9:27)

After judgement, comes hell for the unbeliever, and heaven for the believer.

Hell was created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

No one has to go to hell. Call on the name of the Lord and you will be saved?

What happens after death comes down to a decision? What is yours?

Start the discussion in the comments. What do you think?