Sunday, January 30, 2011

What Happens When We Die?

News flash, There is not one soul, besides Christ Jesus Himself, in Heaven right now.

OK, OK, I know. This can be a touchy subject for many. If you are easily offended, you may not want to read this post or the next one.

Every religion has it's own take on what happens after we die. For most Christians, the belief is that all "good people" go to Heaven as soon as we die, and all "bad people" go to Hell. Buddhists believe that when we die we are re-incarnated into a being or place that corresponds with our "Karma" in this current life. The Muslim faith believes that after we die, we stay in the grave, either peacefully or un-peacefully depending on one's deeds, until the final "Day of Reckoning" in which Allah (God) judges us and determines whether we go to Heaven or Hell.

Interestingly enough, the Bible, God's Word, does not agree with ANY of these views. The common Christianity view is close in that it believes that "good people" go to Heaven and "bad people" go to Hell. Also, Islam is close as it believes that there is, to put it in a nutshell, a dormant era in which the soul after death neither goes to Heaven or Hell; awaiting Judgment by God. Both are close, but we aren't playing Horseshoes or throwing hand grenades here, we are investigating the Truth. I have nothing against people who believe in any of these views, I was once atheist, and then agnostic. Then my eyes were opened and I saw the Truth in God's Word.

What we are interested in is not Islam, not Buddhism, and not even mainstream Christianity, but the truth. Where can we find the truth? If you have read any of my other posts, you know that I find truth in the Bible, and nowhere else. For Bible-based evidence of the Truth, stay tuned for my next post. God Bless and good night!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The City Harmonic - Manifesto (OFFICIAL)

This is just an AWESOME song and equally amazing video. I always respect musicians who use scripture in their songs and these guys have possibly the best recital of The Lord's Prayer I have ever heard towards the end of this song.

Watch closely the animation that plays out (in a nutshell) Adam's sin being wiped clean by the blood of our risen savior Christ Jesus. AMEN!!

Electronic Bible

This is the best Bible study aid you can have if you are interested in investigating the Bible for yourself...and it's FREE! Just click on the link and download E-Sword. With it, you can learn about the origin of every word in the Bible and use numerous commentaries to learn more about each verse. There are also numerous Bible translations available. The translations I have downloaded (which I suggest to you) are:

Phillips NT
Lamsa NT

The commentaries that I recommend are as follows:
Wuest's 1&2