While I was in the army, one of the senior officers for whom I worked told me about being struck by lightning. He was sitting in his office and a bolt of lightning came through the window. The next thing he saw was his body lying on the floor next to his desk, and he was moving up and away from his body. And so he could look down and see himself lying on the floor. The next thing he knew was that he was brought back to life.
Noted film critic Michael Medved says that the movies are out of touch on this same count. They reject the notion of there being any life after death. But the research shows, says Medved, that many people have had near death experiences and that these experiences are remarkably similar.
Well, the Bible has always taught that there is life after death. But for the Bible, the big question is who is in charge of this after-life. The book of Hebrews in the Bible talks about this. It makes a comparison between Christ and the angels. It explains that Christ is much greater than the angels. It explains how great a salvation Christ has purchased by His death on the cross. The question is then asked, “If the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:2-3).
Then Hebrews 2:5 says, “He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are now speaking.” The point is that this talk about Christ and the angels has to do with the world to come. Not only so, Christ is in charge of this after-life. And if you do not trust in the death of Christ as the only sacrifice for your sins, life after death will be unexpectedly horrible.
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