Our job, each one of us, is to teach and be taught how to prepare our spirit for eternity – it is our means for becoming fully human.
We are more than our personality. We are more than mere intellect, emotions, and electrical impulses housed within a physical body. We are living beings made up with a real soul and a real spirit residing within an earthly body. We each will one day physically die and begin a new eternal existence.
The question is, “What type of existence will eternity be?” There are two choices: exist in eternal life, or exist in eternal death. The Bible says that someday God, our creator, will make a new creation for those who love him. The Bible also says that at that time, he will literally personally live with us in our presence, forever. All tears will be wiped away. There will be no more goodbyes, no more pain and suffering, no more evil, and no death ever again. We will receive new bodies that don’t break down like the ones we have now. God also says, regarding the new creation, that we cannot possibly imagine what he has prepared for the person who, while physically living today, allows him into his or her heart.
The other choice for eternal existence is eternal death. It is not the same death as that which kills our physical body here on earth. It is the continual process of dying a conscious, anguishing death, a death that is always dying but never ends. In the Bible, God warns us it is a place of eternal darkness, more black than the absence of light. It is a darkness that destroys life – continually – for eternity. A non-physical fire, infinitely hotter than the core of our sun, will forever burn those who choose that existence. God tells us in the Bible it is not his will that any should perish but that all would believe in him and have everlasting life. He originally made this place for Lucifer – the angel God created who tried and still tries to be God. The name we call him is Satan. He desperately does not want us to live in heaven and God’s new creation because he wants you and me to serve him, to follow him to his future home, hell. This place is where all will go who physically die without repenting of their sin against God, who die without accepting Jesus Christ – our creator, the Son of God – into their heart and choose to serve him. His presence in your heart is the only way to live forever in the place he has specifically designed for you and me – a real place that will infinitely exceed our most pleasant imaginations, a place where everything will be as it should be, forever.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The Bible says that Jesus stands at our heart’s door and knocks, and that if anyone hears his voice and opens up he will come in, and he and that person will be friends. To be fully human is to allow the one who made you to come in and complete you right here right now, to fulfill you, to make you brand new and give you real purpose for the first time in your life.