Many people have had what are called near death experiences. They found themselves outside of their bodies and saw a bright light to which they were attracted, but before they could reach the light they were back in their bodies.
Opinions differ as to what really happened. Some think this was a real event and they actually left their bodies for a short time. Others think this was a delusion created by their minds. The Bible has many accounts of death but it never describes what goes on in the mind of a person who is dying, so we can’t use it to answer the question.
I have no personal opinion on the subject. Those who believe it is a real experience claim that this proves that life continues after the death of the body. I believe in the continuation of life because the Bible teaches it, so I don’t need any scientific confirmation. After we experience death ourselves we will no doubt learn the truth. Read the rest of this entry
The members of the church in Jerusalem were generous in helping members who were in need.
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
In doing this they were following the command of Jesus to lay up treasures in Heaven. But what would have happened if they had decided to keep their possessions for their own use? Shortly after this a severe persecution broke out. Read the rest of this entry
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
The wicked are said to live in houses while the upright live in tents. A house is a permanent dwelling place. A tent is normally used as a temporary shelter for someone who is away from his permanent home. This illustrates an important difference between Christians and unbelievers. The unsaved person is at home in this world but when someone is saved by faith in Christ his home is no longer earth but heaven.
Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We remain in the world but now our status is that of a temporary resident rather than permanent citizen. Read the rest of this entry