WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH? August 13
Dear friends and neighbors…
Thank you for your participation in this E-mail Forum presentation WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH. It is our sincerest desire that you will be greatly comforted, especially now during these troubling times.
Our initial presentation, as a practical matter so as not to be overwhelming, is going to be spread out over 4 consecutive days. This is the 2nd day. After that, we will continue with our series Journey of Faith. Feel free at any time to E-mail any questions you may have, or to contribute any thoughts and input. We will always get back to you on a personal one-to-one basis, so as to maintain confidentiality and your privacy. None of your personal information will be shared with anyone else in the Forum; we will honor and respect confidentiality in all matters.
In today’s discussion, we will examine the question: WHY DO I EXIST?
I exist…Because there is an Eternal God Who exists. In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. The Heavens continually declare the magnificent majesty and Glory of God; their measureless expanse continually displays the awesome wisdom and power of His handiwork. Day after day their silent speech is heard unceasingly throughout the farthest reaches of the Earth; night after night they unveil the fathomless knowledge of the Almighty.
Are you familiar with Mt. Rushmore…where the faces of 4 of our Presidents were sculptured into the mountain rock…high up, at the peak? Incredible! Imagine you were standing there at an observation point, admiring the intricate detail of this work of art. After a short while, another person…a stranger…comes along and stands nearby, also admiring the work. He turns to you, and remarks, “Isn’t this absolutely astonishing…how millions of years of ice and snow, wind and rain, could etch out such wonderful and intricate carvings in the rock! And look!…no mistakes; perfect!” You would wonder about this person’s perception of reality, would you not? It is kind of obvious that this work was not a random occurrence, an accidental happening, an incidental incidence. It has design, and purpose, and flawless intricate detail…the work of a skilled craftsman!
On the post card you had received, I raised the question: IS THERE A GOD?
Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities…both His Eternal Power and His Divine Nature…have been clearly seen. They are perceived and understood in the majesty and Glory of God’s breathtaking Creation handiwork! So those people who do not believe there is a God have no excuse at all for their blind unbelief.
The Universe is incomprehensible in its intricate design, perfect order, and incredible vastness! Objects in the Universe are measured in distances of light years…how far light travels in a 1 year period of time. Light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, and so in 1 year light will have traveled 5.9 trillion miles! 1 light year = 5.9 trillion miles! There are stars in our Universe that are millions of light years distant from us! Unfathomable! No…the Universe is no more a random occurrence, an accidental happening, or an incidental incidence than are the carvings sculptured into the mountain rock of Mt. Rushmore!
The framework for understanding our existence begins with fully embracing in my heart why the Eternal God of the universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb. It is so simple a child can understand it; yet it is so simple that only a child can fully embrace it: Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Adults tend to make things complicated, and so oftentimes they end up confusing themselves. The truth is that there are just 5 foundational principles underlying human existence…5 principles determined and ordained by God that are the framework for human existence. If you know and understand these 5 principles, you will understand…
- WHY I EXIST
- WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH
- WHAT THE PURPOSE IS FOR MY LIFE
God’s framework in creating Mankind:
- ETERNAL REASON for my existence: Love.
- ETERNAL PURPOSE for my existence: Relationship.
- ETERNAL PLAN for my existence: I know the plans I have for you.
- ETERNAL PROMISE for my existence: A promised rest for My children.
- ETERNAL PROVISION for my existence:
Gift of My Son
Gift of My Holy Spirit
1. God’s ETERNAL REASON for my existence is Love. I have loved you with an everlasting Love.
In every belief system…if there is a god or multiple gods, Love is not their overriding, predominant characteristic. Except one. In the belief system that is based on the Bible, the Eternal Being presented as God is characterized by His Supreme and preeminent Eternal Attribute: Love. God is Love. Love is the defining characteristic of God. Love is His very nature, Love is His very essence, Love is the very core of His Being. If you remember nothing else from this Forum, never forget this: GOD LOVES YOU.
God’s Love 4 U is…
I have loved you with an everlasting Love. I knew you by name, in eternity past, before I created the world. I knew every thought you would ever think, I heard every word you would ever speak, I saw everything you would ever do. I considered all these things, and then, with full knowledge of all you would ever think or say or do, I consciously and deliberately chose to love you. It was because I loved you that I brought you into existence. My Eternal Reason for creating you is that I love you; the desire of My heart was to bring you into existence. I made you for Myself, in My Own image and My Own likeness. The most intense desire of My heart was to pour all of My Blessedness and all of My Goodness into you, to have intimate fellowship with you, and to become ever more one with you…even as We are One with One Another in our Blessed Holy Trinity!
My love for you is unconditional…there are no conditions on My love for you. I love you because of Who I am, not because of who you are…or what you do, or what you refrain from doing. My love for you is not a response to anything in you; I initiate my love toward you. God is Love; I am Love. Love is My very nature, Love is My very essence, Love is the very core of My Being, and I love you because of Who I am. My love for you is completely outside of your sphere of influence. You have no influence over My love for you, no impact on My love for you. Just as time, as an illustration of what I am speaking about, ticks relentlessly by, completely undaunted by anything you can possibly do to hinder its unceasing march, so My love flows unceasingly toward you, undaunted by anything you could possibly think, or say, or do to hinder it. Though you may trample over and smash every clock in existence, you have had no effect on time itself, having trampled only the measure of time. Though you may trample every expression of My love toward you, you have had no effect on My love, having trampled only the measure of My infinite love for you.
There is nothing you can do to cause Me to love you more; My love for you is already infinite. There is nothing you can do that would cause Me to love you less… because I already knew, in eternity past, everything you would ever think or say or do. Nothing you have ever done, or will ever do, is a surprise to me, or something I didn’t already know. No matter for how long, how many, many years you have sinned against Me; no matter how often, how very often; no matter how deeply, how very deeply; I already had full knowledge of these things in eternity past, considered them, and consciously and deliberately, with full knowledge, chose to love you.
My love for you is unfailing; it will never fail. You may fail Me; often do. But I will never fail you; I abide faithful! My love for you is unchanging. At this moment in time… after all your years of sins and failures, mistakes and imperfections…I love you the same today, right now, as I did on the day you were born, when you were so pure, so innocent, and so helpless. My love for you has never changed; it is the same…yesterday, today, and forever. And I love you with an unending love…eternal and everlasting. My love for you will never perish or spoil or fade.
Beloved…Have you not known? Have you never understood? I have loved you with an everlasting love: I knew you by name, in eternity past, before I created the world, and…
My Love 4 U is…
Unending. It will never perish or spoil or fade.
If only you would know in the depths of your soul, if only you would just fully embrace, the greatness of My love I have lavished upon you…that the most intense desire of My heart is to gather you to Myself as one of My Own children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. That is the depth of My love for you.
My friends, I will continue this presentation in tomorrow morning’s E-mail. May you find and fully embrace a life that is peaceful and calm, tranquil and unruffled…a true sense of peace and joy, a true sense of comfort and well-being…all the days of your unfolding existence.
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