Soulbook: What Happens to the Soul After Death? (Intro) @Enwrightened
A man was once told by God to gather himself, his wife, and all he owned in this world and to move away from his father, mother, and everything he ever knew. This man had no idea what was ahead. All he knew was that he trusted God to bring him to a new and amazing place. He trusted God to provide the perfect place for him. If you have ever read the book of Genesis, you know that this story is about Abraham. But, have you ever thought about the fact that death is much like what Abraham was called to do with his life? We are all going to leave this place one day and leave behind everything we know and are comfortable with here. Even the body we inhabit will be left behind, never to be seen again. It’s a scary prospect. Thoughts like this have led many people to place the fear of death at the top of their list of fears. After all, what do we really know about what happens after we die? Where do we go? What do we do? There may be more answers than we realize, actually.
As mentioned in the previous lesson, some believe that evil souls will simply be annihilated or cease to exist after death, leaving only the good souls to live eternally in Heaven. This idea is another way of trying to diminish the idea of Hell as a place of eternal punishment. Before we look at what the Bible says about such a view, let’s look at a few common objections to the idea of Hell. The idea of Hell is “monstrously, inordinately, unquestionably unjust and evil” (Anthony Flew). “This idea of hell was born of ignorance, brutality, fear, cowardice, and revenge” (Robert G. Ingersoll). “I must say that I think all this doctrine, that hell-fire is a punishment for sin, is a doctrine of cruelty. It is a doctrine that put cruelty into the world and gave the world generations of cruel torture…” (Bertrand Russell). Some of these objections, at first glance, may seem somewhat reasonable. Why would a loving and perfect God do such a thing? However, all of these objections are predicated on an emotional response to truth. Just because one doesn’t like it, doesn’t make it false. Herein lies the key to understanding the truth behind the idea of the afterlife and the beginning of accepting the truth itself, thereby avoiding the undesirable outcome.