Death is the one thing that is common to all people. Regardless of your ethnicity, religious belief, or the lack thereof, one day you will die. People have many theories that attempt to explain and describe death. Some people believe we cease to exist when we die. Some people believe in earthly reincarnation based on the way we lived our past life. Others believe we go to the underworld where we will be purged of our sinful nature and eventually reach paradise. Still, others believe we live on in another dimension where, after we die, we will be judged. After judgment, morally good people will spend eternity in heaven. The morally bad people, well, they will go to hell to be tormented forever.
With so many different theories, exactly what is death? Death is the permanent, irreversible cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. At the departure of life, living organisms begin decomposing. It is an inevitable, universal process that occurs in all living creatures. When we die, it is the end of life, or is it?
While death, dying, and the afterlife are mysteries, according to the Bible, death is not the end of life. God never intended that we die. Death is the separation of the spirit from the body. Scripture clearly speaks of both eternal life with God in heaven and eternal separation from God in hell.
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