What happens when we die?

hplantin's picture

What happens when we die?

"Sooner or later all of us must face up to death. Energetic adolescents ignore it, and their middle-aged parents often pursue illusions of perpetual youth. But the elderly and terminally ill know better. Nothing in life is as certain as death. And we all wonder what happens when our friends and loved ones die." So begins John Cooper in a Calvin Seminary Forum article. Cooper goes on to talk about the most common Christian view, that we exist with Christ, apart from the body until the resurrection. Then he discusses some questions and challenges to this view. Do souls survive apart from the body? Is there even such a thing as a metaphysical soul separable from the body or is that just Greek Platonism? What about near-death experiences?

Read on for a fascinating discussion.

What are your thoughts?

cottom's picture

It is recognized that we do not know what will happen i

I have to politely disagree with your statement "It is recognized that we do not know what will happen immediately after we die.." Paul wrote, "Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely." 1 Corinthians 13:12

I have been taught, and tend to agree with my teacher that in less than a second after "then," meaning death, we will know all there is to know"




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