Q: My aunt died recently, and at the funeral everyone talked about how happy she is because she’s in heaven. She was very religious, but how do we even know heaven exists? Maybe we just die, and that’s the end. — R.L.
A: Have you ever stopped to think how hopeless and meaningless life is, if death is the end? If there is no heaven, it means we’ll never see our loved ones again. And if there is no final judgment, it means all the wrongs of this life will never be righted, and evil and injustice will never be punished.
But death is not the end! You and I are not here by chance; God created us, and he put within each of us something of himself: our soul or spirit. Eventually your body will die, but your soul or spirit will live on. Just as God cannot die, neither can that part of God that he has placed within you ever die. In our hearts and minds we all sense this is true; death is not the end, and there must be something beyond the grave. The Bible says, “He has also set eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
But the main reason we know heaven is real and there is life beyond the grave is because of Jesus Christ. He was God in human flesh, and he came into the world to make our salvation possible through his sacrifice for us. And by his resurrection from the dead, he conquered death and hell forever — and proved that there is life beyond the grave.
Don’t be filled with doubt any longer, but by faith turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life to him. His promise about heaven is for you: “I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).
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