Dear Rowley Family,
My name is Brad Johnson a christian volunteer. First I would like to send my deepest condolences to your family for this great loss. I thought I would share a few important points to keep everyone positive in this trying time.
Many people believe that no one knows where our loved ones goes after death but God's word the Bible is clear. The expression “returning to the dust” reminds us of God’s statement to the first human:“Dust you are and to dust you will return.”(Genesis 3:19) This means that humans, like animals, are physical creatures. We are not spirits that merely inhabit a body of flesh. Our thinking faculties cannot survive the destruction of our body. Of a man who dies, the Bible says:“He breathes his last breath, he returns to the dust; and in that same hour all his thinking ends.”—Psalm 146:4, The New English Bible. So we can look at this as something positive that our loved one is not suffering!
If that is what happens, in what condition does that leave the dead? God’s Word gives a clear answer:“The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.”(Ecclesiastes 9:5) Rather than being like a friend welcoming us to a better life, death is called “the last enemy,” according to the Bible, for it halts all of our activity.(1 Corinthians 15:26; Ecclesiastes 9:10) Does this mean that death is a hopeless condition?
There is good news about death. For millions of humans, death is like a sleep from which they will awaken. Jesus once said to his disciples about their friend who had died:“Lazarus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep.” When Jesus was on his way to the memorial tomb, he met a crowd of mourners. On arrival at the tomb, he gave orders for it to be opened and called out:“Lazarus, come on out!” The man who had been dead for four days came out.(John 11:11-14, 39, 43, 44) Since Lazarus’ body was already decomposing, Jesus thus demonstrated that God can remember everything about the dead—their personality, their memory, and their appearance. He can make them live again. On another occasion Jesus said:“The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his [that is, Jesus’] voice and come out.”—John 5:28, 29.
Providing us with further good news, the Bible states:“As the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing.”(1 Corinthians 15:26) Never again will grief-stricken people have to go to a cemetery to bury a loved one. The Bible says:“Death will be no more.”(Revelation 21:4) Do you not agree that the Bible’s viewpoint on what happens at death is a comforting one?
Do you think that Jehovah God’s purpose for people to live in an earthly paradise will ever be realized?“I have even spoken it,” God declares,“I shall also do it.(Isaiah 46:9-11; 55:11) Yes, what God purposes he will surely do! He says that he “did not create [the earth] simply for nothing” but “formed it even to be inhabited.”(Isaiah 45:18) What kind of people did God want to live on the earth? And for how long did he want them to live here? The Bible answers:“The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” Psalm 37:29; Revelation 21:3,4.
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