John Flanagan: Sorry to disappoint some of you whose imaginations drift toward the paranormal and the bizarre, including some of my fellow Christians ignorant of the Bible's declared conclusions on the matter. When it comes to the reality of death, it is a final condition, and being in a near death scenario is the edge of death, not death. One is either dead or alive. The heart may stop beating during surgery, but if the doctors restore the patient quickly, the patient was not truly dead. Millions of people whose hearts stop will never recover, regardless of the skill of the attending physicians. Once life is gone the soul rises and the body is left to decompose. The individual who has received Jesus as Lord and Savior, based on the grace of God and repentance of one's sins, will immediately go into the presence of God. The unsaved person who based his or her eternal destiny on good works alone, and who rejected the grace of God in Christ's atonement on the cross, will go to a place of silence until recalled at the Judgment. At the Judgment day, there will be two, and only two conclusions. One will be saved or lost. The saved will spend eternity in Heaven, while the lost will be eternally damned to Hell.
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 1:42 pm
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