While we were on our summer break I received a lot of great emails. Quite a few of them caught my attention and in particular I found myself writing a novel to answer. I decided; this might be better answered on the blog. Surely this isn’t the only time someone has asked this question. Perhaps we can help others who are seeking to understand and cope with their own loss.
I’m not going to post the entire email and it’s contents, our friend deserves privacy. But I do want to share the question and put it in context so we’re all on the same page as I share my view and answer from my perspective.
Our friend asked:
“Can you explain to me what really happens after death? I come from a Christian background [and recently lost my husband]. I was told that he is asleep and waiting resurrection. He is asleep in Jesus’ presence. I have also been told that when you die you are judged and go to Heaven or Hell. Where is he really? I am more confused more now than ever. What is the truth of the matter. Is there another truth?”
And here is my answer:
We’ll start with where “truth” comes in. All religions have varying practices. A religion sets the foundation of belief and the denominations of that religion put those beliefs into practice and sometimes further define them. A Baptist and Methodist are both Christian, but they practice their faith in slightly different ways. And with slightly different interpretations of Scripture. Continue reading