...Framed and displayed is a plaque as you enter
my house,,it reads;
'Death is not extinquishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has has come"
For those of you who need more FACTUAL NUMBERS..just let me know and I will gladly post them for you. It makes NO difference to me, who created our universe,,BUT ,,in my own mind,I know, my creator lives. Even if Ashes to Ashes is previlent, it does not imply that my LIFE is OVER.
Something or nothing is the easy answer. Nothing means no thing to state the obvious and I've never understood why Philip Larkin feared oblivion. If oblivion awaits then a person will be oblivious and won't even know so. To sleep without dreaming that's all.
Now, the bible offers two alternatives only although some religious organisations based on it add in others; either an eternity burning in a lake of fire or an eternity praising God. Neither alternative appeals to me, I've suffered enough pain while alive and an eternity praising an entity so needy of praise, well, the thought is sickening.
I had a very strong belief in the after life as did my husband, however since he passed away in September I have found my belief is wavering.This upsets me alot,as the only way I could cope with my husbands death was to believe that I would see him again.I am now devestated because I dont know now what I believe.
So bohonk, what do YOU believe about your future life with God! I'm well aware that there is no agreement among Christians on the subject and that many who claim to be Christians don't behave as the bible instructs them, ignoring counter views.
GREAT QUESTION. Parts or phrases of the BIBLE have been improperly changed when transposed Even us as Christians must change some words to fit into todays societyThe "INSTRUCTION" book has somewhat changed in WORD but N0T in meaning.Our second life with God is everybodys choice.
I agree that parts of the Bible would have lost some of their original meaning in translation.
I use the Bible as my guidelines to daily living, not saying that I don't fall many times, because I do. I just firmly believe that we will leave our painful bodies and lives behind, and move on to the last and final phase of our lives, which will be for eternity.
My belief is not a crutch I lean on, but a sure and certain hope of what is to come.
My question was what do YOU believe, I'm sure you're right in what you say about others but specifically what will YOUR life with God be like as far as it's possible to know?
A further question prompted by the Grandma7's post. What do you think differentiates hope from faith?
I apologize, probably I should have put faith and not hope.
Faith is a certainty, not an emotion, but a strong belief.
Hope, as I see it, is a wishing for, an uncertainty which you hope will come to pass. x