How do you view your life? Do you see it as only the physical, or believe that there is another spiritual dimension? If so, do you believe that when one dies, he or she enters this new dimension? The Bible aside for a moment, there is strong evidence that a conscious afterlife exists. This is supported by two key elements: angelic appearances and near-death experiences (NDA’s).
Angels appearing to people in times of certain needs is actually quite common. There are many books written giving accounts of such appearances. Sometimes angels manifest themselves in human form; other times they appear as an angelic form or presence. Often, when they appear in human form, after fulfilling their purpose, they suddenly vanish with no explanation. One book that gives accounts of such angelic encounters is “Encountering Angels,” by Judith MacNutt.
Near-death experiences are also not isolated cases. There are many personal stories of people who have had out-of-body experiences. These often occur, but are not limited to, life and death situations in hospitals. Some have reported looking down on their physical bodies while they were “floating” in a different dimension above it. Others have mentioned seeing heaven and Jesus just moments before passing (or sometimes hell!). I know a pastor who related to me that he once was with a friend at the time of his passing. His friend screamed, “They are coming to get me,” referring to demons.
Based on these angelic and near-death accounts, it can be pretty much assumed that there is a conscious afterlife. One would have to willfully deny the evidence to not believe it. So the big question is, where are you going to spend eternity and on what do you base that? You would probably want more than someone’s opinion.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” God wants you to live with Him for eternity in heaven. What is necessary for that to happen? You can’t do anything on your own to earn that right. No amount of good works or being religious will make it possible. No human is good enough to enter heaven. It is only possible by the grace of God offered as a free gift.
Receive God’s free gift of salvation. Admit that nothing you can do, no matter how good it may be, can get you to heaven. Admit that you have done wrong deeds, or thought wrong thoughts, or had wrong motives. These are all manifestations of a sin nature. Acknowledge that you are in need of God’s grace. Believe that Jesus Christ was and is God in human flesh, who died on a cross for your sins and rose physically and bodily from the grave. When you do that you will be declared righteous before God. I John 5:11-12 tell us that “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”