Christian Crossroads

david roger 2016 dragoonRoger Lanse is providing the material for this column, which will be posted on an irregular basis. Roger Lanse moved to Grant County with his wife, Ellen, in 1979. They now live in Arenas Valley and attend Bible Baptist Church of Silver City.

What happens to me when I die?

By Roger Lanse

You know, I’ve never known anyone to come back from death and tell me what it’s like on the other side. You probably haven’t either. So, how do we know what happens when we step out of here into eternity?

According to the Bible, yes, there is. Even though many people don’t believe in hell, God in His Word confirms its existence.

Hell is described in various places in the Old Testament as a place of sorrows, corruption, affliction, and judgment; distresses, destruction and disaster – a place you don’t want to go.

We receive even more unpleasant portrayals in the New Testament describing hell as a fire that is eternal and unquenchable, a lake of fire and brimstone, a furnace of fire, an outer darkness, and an everlasting punishment.

You may have seen ‘John 3:16’ displayed at various sporting events. My own recollection is seeing the verse often displayed on signs behind NFL end-zones just before an extra point or field goal is kicked. Why?

Because, John 3:16 encapsulates the Bible’s gospel message. The New King James version of the verse goes, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”