Is There Life after Death?
Hello. I am Dr Leong a consultant chest physician.
Is there life after death? This is a very pertinent question, as death is the only thing that is guaranteed in life. Many of my patients are concerned but will not bring up the matter to discuss.
Investigating this subject often leads to the discovery of spiritual truths. I found my answer in the Bible and the answer is unique.
Today I wish to share with you my answer.
IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?
The answer is Yes.
HOW DO I KNOW?
I have seen people in trance. I have seen a person in his 50’s dance, summersault and behave like a monkey. I have seen people walk on fire. I have seen people having their mouths, bodies pierced by sharp objects. While in trance, a person is influenced and empowered by spirits.
I have heard of ghost stories from close friends who had seen and heard the voices of spirits.
There are published photos of ghosts which had been scrutinised and certified authentic.
There are people who had near-death experiences describing out of body experiences. They recall hearing and seeing doctors and nurses doing resuscitation on them.
There are clairvoyants who are able to communicate with spirits.
While in school, I experienced the ouija board where invited spirits can move objects on the board and answer questions.
I hear of exorcism by priests. I have heard how a person’s life has been turned around after the departure of evil spirits.
The supernatural exists whether we want to believe it or not. Medical science has difficulty disproving it. The Bible says spirits exist.
WHAT IS LIFE AND WHAT IS DEATH?
A person is alive when he is breathing and has a heartbeat. And a person is considered dead when the heart has stopped beating and he is no longer breathing.
HOW DID LIFE COME ABOUT? DID SOMEONE CREATE LIFE?
I am inclined to believe that man is created by a superior being.
The Big Bang theory attempts to explain the creation of the universe and evolution. But the theory is not able to explain how humans get their first DNA sequence and how the first living cell came about.
I believe man is created by God for eternity. Yes, created for eternity.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE ON EARTH?
Most of us journey through life with the purpose of sustaining our own lives. We work hard, make money to purchase what we need like shelter, food, security and health. With extra money we purchase what we want too.
My purpose in life is to worship and maintain a relationship with God while also caring for the earth and fellow human beings by using my talents and gifts. In turn, God will provide the ways and means of sustaining my life.
God loves us. We need not worry too much about the future as He is in control of our final destiny.
IS LIFE BOTH PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL?
I have both a physical body and a spirit living inside me. When I die it is my physical body that goes into decay, whereas the spirit lives on. When Jesus, my saviour, comes the second time my spirit will inherit a new resurrected body.
2000 plus years ago, Jesus was crucified on a cross and died. On the 3rd day he rose from the dead. Jesus conquered death. He was seen with a resurrected body that can go through walls. He was on earth for 40 days before his ascension to heaven.
Jesus sets the eternal hope for believers. A future without pain, sorrow and disease.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE MOMENT OF DEATH?
My body will fail and stop working one day from illness, a fatal accident or old age. My soul and spirit will separate from my body and live on. They will be lodged in a place known as the “realm of the dead” which is neither heaven nor hell. While at this place the experiences between Jesus believers and non-believers are different. One is pleasant, like in paradise, while the other is not. My spirit will await the Rapture or the Second Coming of Christ when I shall be restored with a glorified resurrected body.
HOW IS SIN AND SPIRITUAL DEATH RELATED?
Sin came about because the first man disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. When a man with unforgiven sin dies, his spirit is destined to die. However, hell was initially created by God for Satan and the fallen angels and not for man.
God loves us so much that he continues to try all possible ways to win us back to him. His way of saving us is spelt out in the Gospel message. Jesus conquered death and gives the hope of eternal life to all who believes in Him.
My sins are forgiven when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. This gift of love, grace and mercy from God is made possible through faith in Jesus Christ. This gift is free. Salvation is not a reward earned by doing good or charitable works.
IS ETERNAL LIFE A CHOICE THEN?
Man’s eternal destination is either heaven or hell. This destination decision is made while we are physically alive on earth. There is no second chance for the spirit to change its mind after physical death.
God seeks justice for all the wrongs I have done in my life. However, He is graceful and merciful and allows me to choose my destiny when I am alive. By putting my faith in Jesus, he forgave my sins, and justified me into righteousness. He redeemed me from spiritual death.
His work of redemption for believers was completed at the Cross. He carried our sins, sacrificed himself at the Cross and cleansed us of sins. He has justified us into righteousness, freeing our spirits from death.
HOW WILL SOMEONE BE JUDGED AT THE END?
Bodily resurrection will occur for both believers and non-believers of Jesus some time in future. Then the final judgement follows.
The believers in Christ will have their names written in the Book of Life. Their judgement will be on good works and rewards but not spiritual death. The new heaven and new earth will be revealed.
Those whose names are not in the Book of Life will undergo the Great White Throne judgement when the Second Death will be announced. Hell is envisioned like a lake of fire.
WHAT DID I DO TO FOLLOW CHRIST?
I first studied intently about Jesus, looking at the evidence of his death and resurrection. When it became clear that the Gospel story is true, I did the following:
Acknowledge myself as a sinner deserving to go to hell.
Believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to die for my sins.
Confess my sins and believe that Jesus Christ is the only saviour.
Understand I am saved by His grace and not by works.
Believe by faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ who is alive today.
And receive him into my life and let him be my Lord and Saviour.
WHAT SHALL I DO BEFORE I DIE?
Be sure I am saved by continuing to believe in Jesus Christ
Obey God and be ready and live a holy life.
Worship God and accept His salvation with gratitude.
Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
Carry out God’s will by serving others in need.
WHAT IS THE ADVICE FOR ANY PERSON PREPARING FOR THE FINAL EVENT?
Make sure one is saved for eternity and not fear death.
Do away with anything that promotes mental images of scary things e.g. horror movies, occult practices, etc.
If fear persists, get professional help.
Draw up a will.
Consider advance planning and have advance directives.
Meet up with family members and friends.
The saved have the Holy Spirit, comforter, in their hearts. God has assuring words and is faithful. Understand that God is sovereign and in control of everything.
This is how I view life and death as a doctor after discovering my faith in Jesus.