The Pursuit of God

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Category Archives: Death

Suicide Q&A

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Q1. CAN PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES?

No. People can only attempt to kill themselves. God is the only One with the power to separate body from soul. From His perspective, no one dies early and no one dies late. We are all in this world for as long as He wants us to be. No one can successfully die without God’s permission and cooperation. Read more of this post

The Resurrection Myth: Why the Dead in Christ Won’t Really Rise

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The theory that we all have to lie around in the dirt for some period of time before finally being resurrected to meet the Lord is one that was very popular among certain New Testament Jews (those who sided with the teaching of the Pharisees). But it’s interesting to note that the Jews didn’t think the soul was also stuck in the dirt.  When Lazarus died, for example, the belief was that after three days of mourning over the loss of its host body, Lazarus’ soul finally went on to a spirit dimension called Hades.  Hades was believed to have good and bad sections to it–which one you landed in depended on what kind of person you’d been on earth.  It was because the Jews would have assumed that Lazarus’ soul was in another dimension and no longer with his body that Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus was such a shocking miracle.  Only a true God like Yahweh was believed to have the power to bring a soul back from Hades–yet here Jesus was doing it.  And Jesus made sure to stall around for four days in order to leave no doubt in Jewish minds that Lazarus’ soul was definitely gone from earth.  The Jews believed that the soul could take up to three days to leave, because by three days, it would be forced to face the fact that the body was decomposing. Read more of this post

Dealing with Death: Eight Lies that Keep Us Stuck in the Past

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Someone has died and instead of moving on with your life, you’re obsessing.  You’re stuck in the past.  You’re feeling obligated to treat the dead person as if they are still very much a part of your life.  There are many reasons why people choose to respond this way to death, and none of them are good for the soul.  If you’re not ready to leave your stagnating position, then this post is just going to make you mad.  We’re dishing out tough love here, and that means we’re going to blast you with a lot of bluntly stated truths with very little padding in between.  Our purpose in using a tough love approach is to cover a lot of ground in a little space while arming you with a ton of good food for thought. But if you’re not ready to do some deep thinking, then you’re probably going to feel overwhelmed very fast and you’ll want to go off and sulk or send us a snarky message instead of embracing the truths that we’re going to lay out for you. Maturity is something we must choose—it’s not something that can be forced upon us.  The longer we try to avoid it, the more miserable we become.  But once we do reach the point where we are tired of being miserable, then there is great hope to be had.  No matter where you’re stuck, you can move forward by gaining some new perspectives and making some wise soul choices.  Read more of this post

Dealing with the Death of Christians in the End Times

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The Church is teaching you to view the end times as an epic battle of demons and the world versus Christians.  If you believe this, then you’re going to interpret the death of Christians as “evil” gaining ground, and you’ll end up praying some pretty useless prayers. Rather than join the Church in her imbecilic exaltation of created beings, you need to get serious about seeking the wisdom of God regarding the end times. The clock is running down, and soon we’re all going to have a real mess on our hands. If you go into this period theologically unprepared, you’re going to waste a whole lot of time praying stupid prayers and freaking out over things that aren’t even happening.  Read more of this post

Is the Grim Reaper real?

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The Grim Reaper is not real.  He is a fictional personification of death.  If we travel around the world, we will find that different cultures and religions have very different theories about how the mechanics of death work.  The truth is that God is the One who kills us by separating our souls from our physical bodies.  Many false beliefs about death preserve the idea that there is some living being who is intentionally killing us, but that being is depicted in many different ways.  Some depict “Death” as an ugly old woman. Some view Death as a walking skeleton.  The Grim Reaper character is often depicted as a robed skeleton who carries a scythe (a tool that is used for harvesting grains).  Sometimes he has wings, sometimes not.  But no matter how he is depicted, he is just a delusion.  Just as we like to pretend that Santa Claus comes and puts packages under the Christmas tree when in reality we know that we put those presents there ourselves, some believe that the Grim Reaper is the one who “reaps” or “harvests” their souls at death.  But in reality, these things are just an avoidance of truth.  The truth is that our three Creators–Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit–are the only Ones with the power to separate soul from body.   Read more of this post

Help For Murderers: Finding Peace With A God Who Loves You

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You took a life. You murdered. Maybe you killed just one person, maybe you killed several, maybe you killed many. Maybe your victim was still in the womb and not even born. Maybe your victim was very young, very old, weak, or in some way defenseless. Maybe you assaulted them first.  Maybe you tried to make them suffer as much as possible.  Maybe you knew them and they trusted you. Maybe you killed to get accepted by someone or prove your courage or defend your country or get revenge or find peace or protect yourself or save your reputation or make some money. Maybe you told yourself it was okay to kill at the time because you were trying to be merciful, or because you were righting the scales of justice, or because you were just doing your duty. In this world, the circumstances and motives for murder vary widely. Some kill by accident, some kill intentionally. Some act on impulse, others carefully plan their movements far in advance. Some actually do the killing, while others play assisting roles. Whatever your particular role was in the murder you committed, the question now is: how do you get right with God? Does God forgive murder? Is there any way to get out from under the brick load of guilt, or have you fallen under some kind of Divine curse which will prevent you from ever experiencing soul peace and joy?

Of course God forgives murder. And if you find within yourself a sincere desire to be pleasing in God’s sight, then there is great hope for you. You are not lost, nor are you cursed. You are standing at a fork in the road, and there is a choice you need to make. One path leads to peace with God, the other leads to bitter despair. God is calling you down the road that leads to Him, and in this post, we’ll give you the information you need to respond to His call. Read more of this post

Dealing with the Death of a Patient: Help for Christian Doctors

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Whenever you find yourself feeling emotionally overwhelmed, peace of soul is found through focusing on essential truths about who God is and how He operates. When it comes to processing the death of your patient, there are several critical truths to bear in mind, and we will discuss these in this post. Read more of this post

Why We Shouldn’t Mourn for the Dead

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As a Christian, there’s no way to feel sorry for the dead without simultaneously insulting God. Since we don’t want to be insulting God, there’s no room for mourning those who have died.  Mourning for our own loss and for the loss of others certainly has its place, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.  In this post, we’re talking about mourning for the souls who have actually died.  Let’s now discuss the wrong beliefs and backwards priorities that fuel this most inappropriate attitude. Read more of this post

Behind the Scenes with God: Mass Casualties

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In this post, we are going to discuss the topic of humans being mass slaughtered on earth. We are not going to be discussing this subject from the typical horrified human perspective, but rather from the Divine perspective. The goal of this discussion is to try and appreciate the vast complexity of Divine strategies at work in situations of mass slaughter.

Now if this is a sensitive subject for you and you’re looking for guidance in how to deal with a traumatic experience you have undergone, this is not the right post for you to be reading. We’re not going to be discussing how to cope with these situations as human beings—that’s a topic for a different lesson. This post is for those of you who are wanting to get behind the scenes with God in times of mass slaughter and gain a better understanding of the positive things He is accomplishing. Read more of this post

Dealing with the Death of a Spouse

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When you lose a spouse, it’s like you are forced onto a train of grief processing. That train is going to carry you on a long journey from devastation to healing and peace. Along the way it’s going to stop at many stations: guilt, denial, anger, depression. Whenever the train stops at one of those stations, you will feel temporarily stalled. But if you stay on the train, it will start moving again. No stop is permanent until the train reaches its final destination, which is internal healing and peace.

Now the key for you is to stay on the train. Whenever it stops at a station, you have the option of getting off and permanently wallowing in those feelings. The train won’t continue on its journey without you, so if you decide to set up permanent residence at one of those grim stations, you’ll never reach the destination that God wants you to reach: that of complete internal healing and peace.

In this post, we’re going to talk about some practical steps you can take to keep yourself on that train, continuously moving forward through the grief process. Station stops are inevitable, and you will have to do some pausing and feel some uncomfortable emotions. But if you stay on the train, those stops will only be temporary. Read more of this post