Second Lease on Life: Is There Life After Death?

After my close call with death last month, it strangely gives more perspective and meaning to life. I as a Christian of course believe in Jesus and His Word, so I don’t have a fear of dying per se, as I know where I will be going after I am gone.

Although I needed to be jolted in the Emergency Room, I did not have any so-called out of body experiences. The only thing besides thanking God to allow me to live, and I have become more unrestrained in sharing God’s Word from the pages of the Bible as to what happens after death.

Here are some of the scriptures associated with the subject of the afterlife. Of course the scripture also speaks of the unimaginable terror of going to hell:

Luke 16:22-23 (NASB)
22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

Revelation 14:11 (NASB)
11 “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

John 14:3 (NASB)
3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (NASB)
8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:21–23 (NASB)
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.
23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

God Bless
Brian Mason

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The Gap Theory : A Response From the Pages of the Bible

There is a notion among Bible believers and skeptics of the Word that the Book of Genesis describes two different creations. Beside the model of a “Six Day Creation”, there are proponents of believers and skeptics that say there was a “different creation”. The difference presented in Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. The model points to the creation taking eons as opposed to literal days. “Answers in Genesis” sums it up this way: “According to the gap theory, there’s a very long gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. The world that existed during this gap was destroyed and God re-created in the six days described in Genesis. This idea fails because it lacks biblical support and puts death before sin when Scripture describes death as the consequence for sin.

The Bible contradicts the idea of the Gap Theory in several scriptures:

Exodus 20:11: 11 “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.”

Exodus 20:11 Plainly represents creation taking 6 days.

2 Peter 3:5-6 5: For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.

2 Peter 3 states that the World is formed from water with no mention of land in the text.

Genesis 1:2 “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”

Genesis 1:2 is clearly an explanation of the starting moments following the creation of the time-space-mass continuum in Genesis 1:1.

Remember that scripture needs to be taken seriously and it contains the Word of God! Do not exceed what is written!

1 Corinthians 4:6 “6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.”

God Bless
Brian Mason

* https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/gap-theory/

*https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/gap-theory/

Life is fragile…

I apologize for not writing a blog for some time now. I by God’s providence am here to write another one! Please allow me to describe what happened to me, and to praise the Lord for allowing me to write this blog entry.

As a stubborn male who rarely went to a Doctor, my family was pleading for me to see one as my breathing became very weak over a period of time. So due to the pleading I decided to see an MD at a walk-in clinic. He made me get some blood tests an EKG as well as other lab tests.

The following weekend I was contacted by the Doctor on his day off and he asked how I was feeling? I responded …”mmm okay…”. He then told me that my heart rate is way too high and go to the emergency straight away!

Being at my Mother’s at the time, I asked her to take me to the Emergency ward at the hospital. She dropped me off at the emergency’s front door and I proceeded to enter. I collapsed 20 feet in the doorway! The next thing I know is I am being worked on by a large staff of health practitioners. I woke up the next day in the ICU department. I was told I suffered heart failure, and in fact I needed an electric shock to be revived!

All of the events described happened 5 weeks ago, and I am now back home and able to write more articles, by the Grace of God. By Divine intervention I was saved, there is no doubt in my mind. The Doctors and Nurses said that I should have died (in so many words), and I told them all that “God ain’t done with me yet!”

I can tell you that all that led me to that moment only makes sense as God’s intervention directly. I can get into details but I wanted to keep this short.

Thank you friends for continuing to follow this blog, and believe me that God is real! God is great!

Psalm 41:3 (NASB) The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed;
In his illness, You restore him to health.

God Bless,

Brian Mason