Death and The Afterlife


Most world religions view death as both an ending and a beginning.

The afterlife is a purported existence in which the essential part of an individual’s identity or their stream of consciousness continues to live after the death of their physical body.

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There is an eternal life that follows after death, so when a person dies their soul moves on to another world. On the Day of Resurrection, the soul will be returned to a new body and people will stand before God for judgment.

Those who did not follow the rules of God while on earth is believed to be punished with being in hell after death which is the afterlife

Psalm 23:6. “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23:6 celebrates those who live a good life because they’ll live with the Lord after death.


The three basic concepts of life after death are:

Heaven/Hell. This concept is characteristic of the three major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to these systems of belief, each human being lives a single life and, after death, survives as a disembodied soul. At some future date, the soul is re-embodied and undergoes the last judgment by God, after which it enjoys eternal physical bliss in heaven or endures eternal physical anguish in hell.


Rebirth: The Hindu and Buddhist traditions believe in a process of continuous rebirth, or reincarnation until a state of oneness with ultimate reality is achieved, at which time the process of rebirth ceases.


Cosmic spirit: According to many indigenous religions and some New Age beliefs, people return to a cosmic and essential spirit after they die.

For thousands of years’ certain people claimed to have visited the afterlife, many haven’t seen and many human minds haven’t conceived of what the afterlife will be.

There is also some theory that the dead may become annihilated

What is annihilation??

ANNIHILATION is the state or fact of being completely destroyed or obliterated.

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Annihilationism is a popular belief, even among Christians, and it has been growing more popular in recent years. Those who hold the position of annihilationism believe that the wicked dead are annihilated, or destroyed – they lose all consciousness forever.

Those who believe in annihilation say When the Bible speaks of hell it means the annihilation of the individual – not everlasting punishment.


The idea that the wicked will be annihilated takes on different forms. 


  1. Conditional Immortality: There is a form or annihilationism known as conditional immortality. According to this view, humans are by nature mortal. Death is the end of all existence. Those however who trust Christ are then given immortality, the others are annihilated.
  2. Restorationism: This theory teaches that the wicked are restored to life to be given a chance to believe in the afterlife.
  3. Limited Suffering: There is another position that says suffering in hell will be for a limited duration. After the suffering is complete the wicked are then annihilated.


There are a number of reasons why people embrace the idea of the annihilation of the wicked. Some reasons are emotional, some philosophical, and some biblical.

However, the scripture is against annihilation.

The Scripture is clear that this is not the case. Death is not a cessation of being for either the believer or unbeliever. Jesus said.

A person can exist without being punished but that person cannot be punished without existing. Something must exist to be punished.

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