Do many of us give any thought about the afterlife?
Sure, we hear ghosts stories deemed as true, and then we have people who believe in reincarnation. But what does the Ultimate Source- the Bible have to say about the afterlife? Is the Bible even relevant in these contemporary times? What does it have to say about ghosts, talking dead, and Heaven or Hell?
James Garlow has addressed these questions and more in his book Heaven and the Afterlife. I wanted to read it for myself and glean information from it that may help me.
It certainly did.
Here are some key phrases from the book that I highlighted that were just pure awesome:
"God wants us to influence other people to righteousness- to have a right relationship with him."
"The Master Designer of all creativity and all things good, would never have his most loved friends (us) in unending boredom, slogging through an eternity of navel-gazing, chanting, and yoga. Now that would be hell."
"God did not make hell for humans, but for those who deserve it: the devil and his demons. Yet we can will it for ourselves."
All these plus more, just can't express how much I adored Garlow's writing. He was witty, informing, and very serious about God. What makes the book even more unique, is the fact that Garlow doesn't shy away from the tough questions the world asks. The world asks about reincarnation because they are afraid that there is an eternal end.
Then there are those who believe in ghosts...well, Jesus never said there weren't ghosts, you just don't want to entertain them.
I could not stop reading and highlighting this book, and it is a sure feast for anyone who wants to know what is on the other side. Garlow admits at some points that we just won't know until we get there.