Is there life after death?

Is there life after death? Yes, and there are many verses in the Bible that prove it. For instance, in the Old Testament, when King David’s son died and his servants questioned him on his actions, this is how he responded: “And he said, ‘While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me’” (2 Samuel 12:22-23). King David knew that there was life after death, and he knew he would one day see his child again.

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus told of two men who died, one a beggar and the other a rich man. The beggar, Lazarus, went to a place called Abraham’s bosom and the rich man, unnamed, went to Hades. In this parable, Jesus showed us that when a person dies, he or she goes to one of two places: Heaven or Hell. As to which one, the determining factor is whether you have accepted Jesus as Savior. The Apostle Paul, speaking of Christians, said that physical death meant life with the Lord immediately. (See 2 Corinthians 5:8.)

Paul also wrote, concerning the rapture of the Church, that when Jesus calls us home, the bodies of the dead will rise up to meet Him before those who are living. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

These are just a few examples of the fact that there is life after death. What kind of life? That all depends on whether you have a relationship with Jesus.