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Question Three: Where Am I Going?

Atheists believe that physical death is the end of existence. According to this view, you and everyone elseĀ  who ever lived- the good and the bad- will all meet the same end: annihilation. At death our lives and consciousness simply stop; there is nothing more.

World Religions present different views of life after death. Some teach that we return to this world in an endless cycle of reincaration, perhaps one time as a person, and another time as an animal. Others teach that, at death, we will stand before God and be judged on the basis of our good and bad deeds. After this judgment, we will be assigned to a place of reward with the good or to a place of punishment with the bad. But all world religions agree that we cannot know for sure whether our eternal destiny will be good or bad. All we can do is work hard to earn God’s favor in this life and hope that, when the Day of Judgment comes, we have done enough.

Christianity teaches that we will all stand before God when we die and be judged. But even before death, we can know out eternal destiny. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ and His forgiveness will be separated forever from God. They will pay the penalty for breaking God’s law and rejecting His forgiveness. The place of separation and punishment is called Hell. But those who have admitted their rebellion and placed their trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins will be welcomed into God’s presence and will live forever with God and others who love Him. Instead of justice, they will receive God’s mercy. The place of eternal community and friendship is called Heaven.

Decision:

Where are you going? Will you cease to exist, or come back in another life form? Or, as Christianity teaches, will you personally meet the God who made you and love you? If you do meet God, will you stand before Him as a friend of Jesus, or as someone who has rejected the forgiveness He died to offer you?

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Making an Informed Decision About Religion

We are all born with a deep hunger for meaning and love. Many people try to satisfy that hunger with things like power, wealth, adventure or sex. Others try to deny the hunger or bury it with drugs or a busy life-style. But there is no easy way to satisfy the hunger or hide from it. It is part of being human.

  • Why are we here?
  • What are we searching for?
  • Do our lives really matter?

All religions respond to these questions, but they disagree about the about the answers.

The Questions of Life

We will introduce you to three different kinds of religion, based on their answers to these important questions.

  • How did we get here?
  • Why are we here?
  • Where are we going?

The three alternatives that will be presented are atheism (the belief that there is no god or higher power), world religions (including Hinduism and Buddhism, Islam and Judaism), and Christianity.

Your own consideration of these religions and their answers to life’s most important questions may lead you to important new insights about the meaning and the purpose of your life.

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