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Is there really life after death? Does God really care for everyone?
Thank you so much for your honest question, and I hope and pray that this answer may be of some help to you. It is important that we turn to what the Bible says on this matter, not what we or others think.
Let us deal with the two issues in your question separately - firstly, the issue of life after death. It seems to me that the existence of life after death really depends on an even more basic question for us to answer - the existence of God. We really have two options when it comes to this kind of thing - either God isn’t real at all, and therefore life after death is just a fantasy; when you die you cease to exist, your body goes into the ground or is burnt up, and that is the end of it all. Or the other option is that God is really out there somewhere, and if He is, why wouldn’t there be life after death?
Why would God create us to wander around this often miserable world for 80 or so years, and then just disappear for good - if God is real then there has to be more to it than that.
So surely that must be our question - is God really out there? Let us look at three evidences:
1. Creation - let’s ask ourselves this, is it really logical that the incredible complexity of the world we see around us has been caused by billions and billions of random chemical reactions, meaning that it’s all actually one big accident with no purpose, meaning or worth at all? Did the design of the technology we see around us today just happen by random chance, or do the amazing works of art we enjoy just appear on the canvas by accident? Though all of these things may be a theoretical possibility, the chances are so small they make winning the lottery look like a certainty! No, logic points to the fact that this world was lovingly and purposefully created by a God who is the greatest designer you could possibly come across. Does creation absolutely prove the existence of God? No, but it certainly makes Him the most sensible answer we have.
2. Conscience - why do we have this little voice that appears in all of our minds telling us that certain things are right and wrong? Where does it come from, and how did it get into our heads? Once again, the only logical answer is that someone from outside of us put it there - otherwise it has no basis in reality whatsoever, and we should feel free to ignore it whenever it suits us. Imagine the kind of society we would create if we all ignored the voice of conscience, and just did whatever we wanted to - it would be a society where the strongest survived, and the weak, disabled, handicapped, and anyone else who drains our resources should just be got rid of - it’s horrific to even think about isn’t it? No, our conscience is there for a reason - we’re all made in the image of God so we have an inbuilt knowledge of what is right and wrong that transcends cultures and languages. It calls all of us to live in the kind of world God wants us to live in, where the very weakest are cared for, and everyone is of equal value and worth. We mess this world up often, but deep down we know it’s the way we ought to be, because God has implanted that knowledge deep inside of us.
3. Christ - The ultimate evidence that God is real is Jesus Christ Himself. How much greater an evidence of the reality of God could you get than God Himself coming down to live on our earth? Everything in Jesus' life, the way He taught, lived, performed miracles, died and rose from death all point to the fact that His claim to be God really was the truth. For centuries the prophets had been predicting that He would come, and Jesus fulfilled every single word of all they predicted.
When Jesus Himself was here in the world He spoke much about life after death - He said these words to His disciples:
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also". (John 14:1-3)
Jesus wanted to comfort His disciples with the knowledge that there is a life which is to come, which is infinitely better than this one we are experiencing here. One of Jesus’ jobs when He went back to heaven was to prepare an amazing new world for those who trust Him to live in one day.
This is nothing false in the statement that Jesus makes - this is the Creator of the universe guaranteeing you a place in His house when you die, if only you would trust Him, follow Him, and give the rest of your life to Him.
There is no greater knowledge than this during the hard times of life. God wants us to live faithfully in this world for a time - He wants us to learn through our suffering, and be changed more and more to be the people He wants us to be, but one day it will all end, and we will be taken to a world where there is no more sin, no more crying, no more pain, and no more death - what a world that will be!
This moves us directly on to the second part of your question, because Jesus doesn’t just declare to us that there is life after death, He also declares to us that God really does care for us. What’s more, He doesn’t just do it with words (though His words are always to be believed), He does it with actions. Jesus says this in John 15:13:
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends".
So as I close, I’ll finish with this verse from Romans 8:32 speaking of God:
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
If God has demonstrated His love for us in His Son Jesus by giving up His life for us, how would He not give us everything else we need? He has already given us the most precious thing He could possibly give, so why would He withhold anything from us?
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Romans 5:6-11
- Romans 8:31-19
- 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
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