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Summary: What is death? , Is heaven real? , Is there Life after Death? Why would a loving God send people to hell forever?

What is death? , Is heaven real? , Is there Life after Death? Why would a loving God send people to hell forever? These questions may not be pleasant to everyone and often come up as objections to some people. Life beyond death has always been a fascinating subject. There seems to be an increasing number of people who claim they have died and returned to life. Most describe death as being the most wonderful and glorious thing they have ever experienced. They vividly describe some sort of ecstatic feeling along with all kinds of visions of beautiful bright lights. Everyone is curious about the future.

Life is a mystery– from the flower that blooms on the valley, to the highest forms of conscious and intelligent existence. But what shall we say of death? Life, clothed with sensation, thought, intellect and activity was the last and highest act of the Creator’s power. But death — that mysterious change which defaced the beauty of this living creation, and breaks in pieces this most excellent monument of divine wisdom —The living inhabitant that once occupied it is gone to some distant world; and the once beautified, adorned mansion is already beginning to be decomposed, and returning to its original dust. Nothing but desolation and decay are visible, and the stillness of death reigns throughout its deserted chambers.

The fields of science have been explored by man’s wisdom and skill. By his authority over the elements, he has conquered the earth, ocean and space. But with all its capacity for great and splendid achievement, he has never been able to enlarge the boundaries of human life. Death’s arrows are sharp. His hand is certain and ruthless. The giant stalks unseen, and throughout all the vast arena of his conflicts, none can resist, or evade his ravages. We may weep. We may tremble. But we cannot escape his fury. Man has no power to ward off the stroke of death. But does the history of man terminate in the tomb? Is the grave a world of everlasting oblivion?

According to scientific theories, there are Biological Reasons for death. Billions of tiny cells that are glued together make up human beings In every cell of our bodies there exists a very detailed instruction code, much like a miniature computer program. The DNA code in each of our cells is very similar. It's made up of four chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G, and C. These are chemicals that instruct, that code in a very detailed way exactly how the person's body should develop. You cannot find instruction, precise information like this, without someone intentionally constructing it. Psalmist says “I will praise God, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works…. (Psalm 139:12)

Thus, these cells are nothing but minerals and water that make up the earth: the dust of the earth. As each of these billions of cells work "24/7" from conception, they wear and tear, just like any machine would. Our cells busily reproduce themselves throughout our lifetime. During all this multiplying and dividing of protein our DNA occasionally make a mistake. For several reasons they may break-down. "Spare parts” from other parts of the body may not be readily available to “repair” any damage. Scientists speculate that exposure to the toxins, chemicals and ultra-violate light breaks, twists, or scrambles these genetic codes. When enough bad products accumulate, cells begin to break down, and our bodies begin to show signs of ageing. By extension, death will come on a person, due to deprivation of essential maintenance such as lack of water, food, blood, oxygen, lack of supply of adequate food and minerals.

In similar manner, the human body can only survive in certain internal or external environmental conditions. Any extreme of temperatures or imbalance in Sun rays and wind/air or magnetic fields may poison or damage the body cells leading up to death. On the other hand, in the aging process, collectively therefore, the cells and organs of the body get tired and will, like any machine, break down. Due to overuse of one's body especially if such overuse is done without rest, maintenance or if done with misuse of one's own body. This is what happens in aging process whereby essential parts of the human organs fail making it impossible for the organ to work in association with other parts of the human machine. Death will therefore come. This biological death is the death that comes upon human beings, plants and all animals.

Socially Death is necessary tool to eliminate people that may not promote the aim of the earth’s existence or existence of its inhabitants. The earth does not like anyone to be a burden on it or be a burden to others. Human beings must be free and able to function on daily basis. Any defect, illness, violation and break-downs are likely to result in death- This is exactly how human beings came to dying: being lawless to both Divine and Natural laws. Human beings (and all living things) were therefore “sentenced” to death after living for a while on earth, on account of human lawlessness to divine laws. As Romans 8:21 says, ALL creation is subject to “the bondage of DECAY.” Our world and the things in it are not eternal. It is not permanent. Since this world is fallen-it is decaying. Romans 6:23 says “Sin pays off with death.” Our sin separates us from God, the creator and sustainer of life. Life is in God. So, when we sin and become separated from God, we become separated from true life. When we rebel against God’s rule in our lives, we rebel against the Life, and therefore experience “death” (a brokenness resulting in pain). When we return to God, we are also restored to spiritual life—communion with God, a sense of purpose, righteousness, freedom, etc.

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