What happens when we die?

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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?

noprem's picture

"fascinating subject"

Well, yes- it's a matter of life and death! :-) Just my little joke.
"Thomas Aquinas's views on humans as unitary-composite beings". Now that's interesting also. Gen 2:7:
"and man became a living soul." So the great scholar and Moses are in agreement here, anyway.

"start being something different."
The Bible says, 'Yes- different being dead.'
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Ec 9:10
"His [man's] breath [spirit, not soul] goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." Ps 146:4

You make an interesting segue: from "howe I can affect God's kingdom here on Earth" to "those who believe in Him will be in Heaven with him". If the latter, why should we worry about the former? God's kingdom here, with no inhabitants? What was the use of creating the earth at all, then, if our 'home is heaven'?