Life after death
Acts 5:6 -
And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
Across religions we find dead is a mystical thing for them. Some glorify the dead and some live for the purpose to die.
We have the Hindus whose principle wish of religion is the death of the spirit for they believe in reincarnation - the spirit being born in different forms as per one's deeds in life. They strive for 'mukti' in Hindi means freedom from the circle of life. The Greek and Romans considered death as a journey from one world to another world. The Muslims' and Catholics' understanding of death and life after death is a little confusing. Some of their beliefs are like fairytales. Their understandings are so vague that one Muslim Jihadi suicide bomber who was caught red handed before he could set himself off had taken great precaution to guard his reproductive organs with a metal plate so as to enjoy his life where he thought he would go, according to his Islamic understanding of life after death. The Catholics on other hand expect Heaven to be a place where a queen would be seated on a throne, with Jesus and God the Father on her either sides, and a dove hovering over her head.
Today's message tells us the Apostles got the young men to do the things concerning the death. They did not get involved in it not because they did not have respect for the person dead, but did it because they knew the body of the person was nothing but like the clothes of the person and the person lo longer dwelled in it.
People do not realized after death a person is no more male or female as he or she was in the body of flesh. After death they are also not related to us after death like they were in the body of flesh. After death we are spirit and the only gender that spirit has is righteous or unrighteous. The righteous are called 'Of God' (Sons) and the unrighteous as 'their kind' (outsiders awaiting their judgment and death).
Let us study about life and death as per what the Bible tells us and make ourselves knowledgeable so that we walk in the ways of the Lord and have eternal life.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You created us because You have plans for us for greater things. But sinful man corrupt in understanding desires things that are temporary and non-existent. They in their distorted understanding distort the things of Heaven and thus do vain things in your name. Lord, we pray your people pursue life and the things of life and not death and the things of darkness...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
29 But Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven.
31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
33 And when the multitudes heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
34 And Jesus said unto them, The sons of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35 but they that are accounted worthy to attain to that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 for neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
Genesis 1:21 - And God created great whales [monsters/prehistoric creatures], and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
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