It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. This passage is found in the book of Hebrews 9:27. People try to act real brave with no worries. There are two huge events awaiting every single human being: death and the judgement day. Why is it that people will avoid going to the funeral home as much as possible? Why are so many people ready to change the subject, if you approach them about the afterlife? Why do atheists feel such a need to defend their atheism? Why does everyone have some sort of explanation about what they believe about life and death? Why do people put locks on their doors? Why do cities and counties have a police department? Why do nations have armies? Why does everyone seek to avoid death at all costs, with the exception of those souls who have lost all hope of having a good life?
I will tell you this: everyone has this nagging sense of something else out there, and there is absolutely no escape from this phenomena. It is definitely one of the things that define human existence. The human intellect longs for answers on this subject; but alas, only dying will bring proof of the matter. The questions of “What happens after death?” and “Is there a judgment day?” are theological questions that haunt even the mightiest of men. We put locks on our doors, because we are afraid of losing something or we are afraid of dying. People try to avoid the funeral home, because it forces them to think of their own death to come. People try to avoid conversation about the afterlife, because they don’t want to think about it. Atheists argue so vehemently in defense of their belief, because they too are haunted by these same questions. Cities and counties hire police, because there is fear of what might happen to us. Nations have armies, because there is a fear of their enemies and fear of death. People try to avoid death, because life is precious to them, and death is shrouded in mystery, fear and uncertainty. The question of death and the judgment day are the two most important questions that humans face. To avoid or ignore these two questions is the most foolish thing that a human can do, because it means being unprepared for eternity.
Eternity is a long time my friends. It has a beginning, but it does not have an end. Whatever spiritual condition you depart this life is enduring and not reversible. It is permanent! You can try to ignore it, but you will either enjoy the consequences of being properly prepared or you will suffer the consequences of willful denial, willful neglect, willful stubbornness or willful rejection. If you are wise, you will spend much time thinking about eternity and making adequate preparation for it. We spend so much time preparing for retirement; and yet, eternity is a far more important matter than that. All the religions of the world have some form of working your way to heaven except one: Christianity. Christ Yahshua Jesus died on the cross for the sole purpose of providing that undeserved way back to the Heavenly Father. Know Christ and live. There is peace that passes all understanding in knowing Him, because the fear of death and the judgment day were conquered by Him when He rose from the dead.