- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Christian Focus; Reprint edition (May 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857929969
- ISBN-13: 978-1857929966
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
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If I Should Die Before I Wake is lucid, biblical and simply written. It is meant to raise questions: What happens when you die? It is meant to answer questions: that children ask parents, that non-Christians ask Christians, that Christians ask their own souls. It is worth reading carefully, taking to heart, and teaching to others. (David Powlison ~ CCEF Executive Director, Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling)
If I Should Die Before I Wake is lucid, biblical and simply written. It is meant to raise questions: What happens when you die? It is meant to answer questions: that children ask parents, that non-Christians ask Christians, that Christians ask their own souls. It is worth reading carefully, taking to heart, and teaching to others. ~ David Powlison (CCEF Executive Director, Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling)
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The book discusses the subject of death, asks the question: ‘Why do you expect to get to heaven?’ and looks at both true and false answers. The book helps explain what the Bible has to say about the future and about what heaven is like.
The authors state that the majority of people believe in heaven, and also believe they have a ‘good-to-excellent’ chance of going there. However, some people may admit that they are rather vague about how God’s assessment will be made. After all, in our modern, rights-oriented society, it has become unthinkable that we might not go to heaven when we die. When asked why they expect to go to heaven after death, most people answer in such terms as: ‘Because of what I have been and done.’ The authors also tell us that a poll indicated that the most offensive teaching of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father and therefore to heaven?
The authors state the fact that people feel at liberty to flaunt the laws of God as they do is itself an indication that the judgment of God has already begun. God’s response to our sin is appropriate to our response to him. His judgments are completely righteous in this respect. The authors state that the New Testament is clear that each one of us will be judged by God on the basis of what we have done.
The authors state that Heaven is the presence of God and that being in heaven means living with him forever. Jesus said that he is the One through whom we must come in order to be with the Father. This is the essential condition for our going to heaven. The authors emphasize that those who hope that they can enter heaven in some other way than through his grace will be sorely disappointed (Matt. 7:21-23).
But some religions teach that the way to heaven is by our own efforts. Those efforts may take the form of personal discipline and sacrifice, humanitarian acts, sincerity or honesty in one’s beliefs, or even gifts to charity. But Jesus tells us that there is nothing we can contribute to our salvation. No matter what we offer to God it will never be adequate enough to compensate for our sins.
The Bible has much to say about heaven, one of the most basic being that God is present with his people. In heaven Christians will experience a deepened relationship with Christ.
People wonder what our bodies will be like in heaven. The Apostle Paul tells us that our bodies will be spiritual, glorious, and unrecognizable.
Some people want to know if we will be able to recognize each other in the future. The authors tells us that the resurrection of the body implies that we will be identifiably the very same persons we are now, even though we will not be constituted of precisely the same physical substance.
But what about those who do not belong to Christ, who do not trust him as the way, the truth, and the life? The authors tell us that the New Testament is clear that there will be those who will one day go to the left hand of Christ. They will be forever lost. Their destiny is described by Christ himself in a series of vivid, terrible pictures. Jesus also teaches that there are graduations of punishment for the lost. This is the final operation of God’s perfect justice.
Some, most notably the respected theologian John Stott, have believed that the lost simply cease to exist, usually referred to as annihilationism. The authors do not believe that the idea of annihilation is supported by the scriptures and include a detailed appendix on the subject to support their argument.
The authors ask how we can develop a Christian attitude toward death, and state that the Christian views death as a defeated enemy. They see death as the entrance to a yet-more-glorious life that gives a clearer vision of Jesus. The Christian also looks forward to a wonderful reunion with those who have already gone to be with Christ.
The authors communicate in a very readable manner on these important topics. This would be a good book to read and discuss with those who may have questions.