When I first started out as a church minister people often asked me “What really happens to us when we die? What is the life to come going to be like?” To these questions I gave the standard answers I had inherited from my evangelical up-bringing. But to be honest I never felt entirely at ease with the responses I was so confidently giving. “I ought to look into this and find out what the life to come is really all about.” I thought to myself.
So for the next couple of months I set about doing an exhaustive study of every verse in the Bible that even obliquely referred to life-after-death, and read every book on the subject I could get my hands on.
What I discovered was disconcerting.
It turned out almost nothing I had believed about the life to come was either true or biblical. Most of the things I had once believed owed more to the influence of Western culture rooted in Greek mythology rather than any kind of authentic biblical insight. As disconcerting as this all seemed at the time there was, nevertheless, a positive upside. The actual truth is far and away better than the myth! In this message we will have a quick overview of the hope we in Christ and what the life to come is really all about.
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