What Happens to Our Souls When We Die?

There are many good reasons to believe we, as humans, are more than simply physical bodies. Humans are “soulish” creatures; we are living souls united to physical bodies. Even without the guidance of Scripture, there are good reasons to believe our lives will not end at the point of our physical death. The existence of an afterlife is reasonable, particularly given our dual nature as immaterial souls possessing physical bodies. But what precisely happens to each of us, as living souls, when our physical bodies cease to exist? What will we experience the moment we close our eyes for the last time in this temporal life? The Christian worldview offers an answer to this question, and it can be found by surveying the teaching of the New Testament:

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You Must See the Film "Thunder Soul"

I got my first guitar when I was in 6th grade.  From the moment I saw the candy red, Hohner Stratocaster imitation electric guitar, I was in love.  I played it constantly, and I wrote albums in my head.  Music washed over me in every facet of my life.  I constantly talked about it, shared it, and listened to it.  By the time I was in 7th grade, I obtained a real drum set, and ever since that moment I have been active playing.  I love music more than almost any other thing in life, and feel that God has given it as a gift to His creation.  Any one of us can associate certain songs with certain moods and memories.  It creates nostalgia, attaching our minds and hearts to seasons we have lived through like no other creative medium can.  It facilitates community, speaks to a connection with God, and moves us physically and emotionally where words cannot.

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Legos and the Creative Soul

My son has been working really hard lately, completing his first year of college.  Yesterday was his last final, and as would be expected of a teenager, he wanted to blow off some steam.  So his best friend came over—and they started playing with Legos.

Now if you have children, you probably understand the magical effect Legos can have.  Cars, dinosaurs, space ships, castles, and even entire cities have mystically emerged from our family’s Lego bucket over the last fifteen years.  But although he spent countless hours with his Legos as a little boy, this is definitely not normative for him as a nineteen year old.  But in the last two days, they—along with his twin sisters—have produced two large X-wing fighters, a horse ranch, three rescue boats, a race car and two trucks, and a small town of helmeted Lego men.  (Yes, we have a lot of Legos!)

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