Jesus said, "The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the gospel."
Mark 1:15

The Big Question  


What happens after you die?

Most people's answer would fall into one of three categories -  

#1 When you die you cease to exist. If there is no God, there is no afterlife.
#2 Your soul becomes reincarnated into a different body over and over again.
#3 You will meet your creator, and there will be a day of judgment.    

If you think #1 is correct, please check out...

Does God Exist?

If you think #2 is correct, please check out...

What About Reincarnation?

In view of #3, God exists, and you meet your maker upon your death, what will that day of judgment be like? Are you ready for that day? Do you know for sure? These are some heavy questions that are extremely important. We can all agree that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Death can come at any moment. Don't you want the biggest question you could ever ask yourself resolved before death snatches your life from you?  

I'm going to try to answer the question, "What happens after someone dies?" by laying out how the God of the Bible would answer it. If you're someone who doesn't believe the Bible, I'd respond by saying, "It doesn't really matter what you believe about it, the question is, is it true?" 

Is The Bible True?

According to the Bible, when a person dies they will stand before God to be judged. Hebrews 9:27 The question then becomes how will you do on that day? Will you be found innocent or guilty of breaking God's laws? God's standard for us to get to heaven is complete perfection. "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." James 2:10 Are you perfect in all of your thoughts, words, and actions? You may respond, "No, nobody's perfect, but I'm still a pretty good person."  Let's see if God agrees with you, by looking into what He has said in Scripture. 

  • Have you ever told a lie? How many lies do you have to tell to be a liar? Just one. The Bible warns that all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 21:8

  • Ever stolen anything? Thieves won't enter God's Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 6:10

  • Have you blasphemed God's name or used it carelessly? "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." Exodus 20:7

  • If you hate someone, God calls you a murderer. "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him." 1 John 3:15 We can violate God's law by attitude and intent.

  • Jesus warned, "You have heard that it was said , 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28 Would Jesus find you guilty of committing adultery of the heart? Adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10   

At this point you might be saying something like, "My God isn't this strict." or "To me, God's standard isn't this high." If the Bible is true, then you would be an idolater, and you're believing in a god that doesn't exist. This is what the Bible says. Don't you think that it is extremely important to find out if this is true or not? 

In case you're thinking that I am claiming to never to have broken these laws, you'd be absolutely wrong. I've broken them all, maybe more so than you have. The fact is before we can understand the "good news" about Jesus, we have to recognize what the bad news is. The bad news is the penalty for sin is death. "The soul that sins shall die." Ezekiel 18:4 You have actually angered God by your sin. God really does get angry, and His wrath is very real. God is angry with the wicked everyday. Psalm 7:11 The Bible says His wrath abides on you John 3:36, and you are an enemy of God because of your evil behavior. Colossians 1:21 All of God's anger and wrath is poured out in a place called hell.    

Many people believe hell is not a fitting punishment for a few lies, stealing small stuff, and lusting after pretty girls. Let me explain why hell is appropriate. Consider this scenario: If I tell a lie to my son, nothing is going to happen to me. If I lie to my wife, I'm on the couch that night. If I lie to my boss, I could lose my job. If I lie to the government, that's perjury, I'm going to jail. Same crime committed each time, but what changed? It's the one who was lied to. It's not that our crimes are so huge, it's against whom those crimes have been committed. Crimes against an eternal being, are deserving of an eternal punishment.  

Maybe you think that God is good and will therefore overlook your sins. God is good, that is why He must punish the guilty. If you were guilty of terrible crimes and went to court and said to the judge, "Judge, I am guilty, but I believe that you are a good man and will therefore overlook my crimes." The judge would probably respond by saying, "You are right about one thing; I am a good man, and it's because of my goodness that I am going to see that justice is done, I will see to it that you are punished for your crimes." The very thing that you are hoping will save you on judgment day, God's "goodness," will be the very thing that will condemn you.   

This may sound strange, but the worst thing you could do at this point is to try to clean up your life. You realize that you have sinned against God, so from now on, you will try to do the best you can. Again, in a court of law, should a judge let a murderer go because he says he will now live a good life? No, he's in debt to justice and therefore must be punished. The law of God is simply like a mirror to see all the dirt that is on you. You wouldn't use the mirror itself to try to get clean, you would use water to wash away the dirt. The sight in the mirror is not pretty, but if you don't see that you are unclean, then all that "dirt" will still be there on judgment day as evidence of your guilt, and then it will be too late to be cleansed.   

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love he has for us made a way where His justice and His goodness could come together. God's holiness demands that every sin must be punished. Every sin will be paid for. Either we will pay the price ourselves (eternal separation from God in a place called hell) or someone else could pay it for us. The only one qualified to pay that price is the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ. God showed His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He suffered unspeakable agony, so that you wouldn't have to be punished for your sins. His sacrificial death on the cross, and resurrection from the dead, mean that you can avoid receiving what you've earned for yourself. Instead of receiving God's justice, you can receive His mercy. God offers us something that none of us deserve - grace. It's only by His grace that you may be granted eternal life, because death no longer has a legal hold upon those who belong to Jesus Christ.  

The Father sent His only Son, Jesus, who is God, to die in the place of rebellious sinners, so that by His death, we might live. The world's greatest love story is summed up in the following verse - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 Jesus said, "There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 How can you show more love than giving your life for someone else?   

Yet, if we trust in our own goodness to enter heaven, we are saying to God, "Because I have done some good things in my life - I have earned my way in." When we talk of entering heaven by being good, we are tossing God ten cents of "self-righteousness", which is a terrible insult to Him, in the light of the tremendous price that He has paid. The only thing we can do is humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and receive His free gift by trusting in Jesus Christ alone. If you want to trust in your own goodness, then you are saying His agonizing death on the cross wasn't needed. The Bible says, "For by grace are you saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 You cannot earn a gift.   

Jesus said, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:15 Repentance literally means to "change your mind." However, biblically speaking, it means a whole lot more than that. God says, to repent means to turn from your sins, by turning to God. Realize that you have lived under your own authority. You have lived the way you wanted to. You have lived without regard for God and His laws, by doing what you want, when you want, without concern that you are sinning against the One who gave you your life and sustains your every breath. The choice is before you right now - continue pursuing the fleeting pleasures of sin, which never fully satisfy, and carry the price tag of an eternity in hell, or humble yourself and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and receive eternal life and the promise of heaven after your death.  

God is good, and He will save you from the wrath to come through repentance and faith. Put your faith in Jesus Christ the same way you would put your faith in a parachute. You don't merely believe in the parachute - you put it on. You know you're going to have to jump (death) so please don't "jump" without Jesus. If you die in your sins there is no second chance. God will give you justice, and you will end up in hell forever.   

Lastly, please think about this: count the cost. God makes no promises that this will be an easy life. In fact, the Bible says that you will encounter many trials, troubles and persecution for following after Jesus. Fighting against sin and living for God is extremely hard, but it is well worth it. Any troubles that you encounter in this life are nothing compared to the trouble that awaits those who don't have their sins forgiven on the Day of Judgment. Please give this some serious thought, and don't put it off any longer. Confess your sins to God; put your trust in Jesus. He is the only way of salvation. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 For there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 Place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! When you do, you can then have peace with God. Romans 5:1 When you repent and believe this amazing gospel, you can know what will happen to you when you die. You'll be welcomed into God's glorious presence, not based upon what you have done, but what Jesus has done for you. 


Thank you for taking the time to read this. God Bless.  





The Big Question

Does God Exist?

What Is The Bible?

Is The Bible True?

Who Is Jesus?

Is Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible?

Is Jesus God?

Did Jesus Fulfill Any Prophecies?

Did God Create You?

What About Reincarnation?

Are You Going To Heaven?

What Is The Truth About Hell?

What are the Essentials of the Faith?

Who Will You Believe?

Want To Find A Good Church?

Looking For A Church In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania?

Which Bible Translation Is Right For Me?

What is the TULIP, and is it Biblical?

What are the Five Solas, and are they Biblical?



"All Religions Lead To God"

"Never Talk About Religion Or Politics"

"Judge Not..."

"The Bible Is Full Of Contradictions"

"A Powerful God Wouldn't Allow So Much Evil..."

"The Church Is Full Of Hypocrites"

"What About Those Who Never Hear About Jesus?"

"A God of Love vs. A God of Wrath"

"A Loving God Wouldn't Send People To Hell"

"You're Only A Christian Because You..."

"As Long As You're Sincere In What You Believe"

"How Do You Know Which Religion Is Right?"

"God Would Never Forgive Someone Like Me"

"I Can't Believe In Miracles"

"Unanswered Prayer Shows God Doesn't Exist"

"What's With All The Different Denominations?"

"Jesus Was Just a Copycat of Pagan Myths"

"What About The Crusades?"

"What About Slavery In The Bible?"

"What About Evolution?"

"What About Homosexuality?"

"Jesus Didn't Say Anything About Homosexuality"

"What About Abortion?"


Other Stuff

   Other Beliefs


     Roman Catholicism


     Jehovah's Witnesses


     Seventh-Day Adventism




     New Age

     Christian Science



     Oneness Pentecostals

     Unitarian Universalism




What I Believe

Theological Terms and Definitions

Belief Comparison Chart

An Eschatological Overview (End Times)

Good Quotes

Paul Washer Quotes

20 Logical Fallacies

17 Questions Every Christian Should Think About

My Prayer - I Have A Problem...

More Than A Holiday

Honest Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses

Honest Questions For Mormons

Questions For Skeptics

10 Reasons To Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa

A View From The Life Boat

A Collection of Helpful Bible Passages

A Story About A Boy Named Mikey

Thoughts On The Doctrine Of Definite Atonement

Questions To Ask A Child Before Their Baptism

A Critique Of An Origin-Of-Life Article

No Hope In The Pope

Terrorism - What You Can Do About It

The Impact Of A Blind Elderly Woman

Evidence For The Resurrection - W.O.M.E.N.

Quotes About Sin

17 Ways To Fight Sin In Your Life


Apologetics / Evangelism

What Is Apologetics?

Why Should We Do Apologetics?

What Is Presuppositional Apologetics? 

What Do You KNOW? 

What Is Evangelism? 

Why Should We Evangelize? 

Are Christian Doing A Good Job Of Evangelizing? 

7 Reasons People Don't Share Their Faith

The Question Of Evangelism - Words Or Works? 

Is The World In Which We Live In Today Tolerant? 

Preaching What We Practice and Talking The Walk

Man vs. God Centered Evangelism


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The Scientific Case Against Evolution

Evolution: The Anti-Science

A Letter From An Atheist

Are You A Good Person?

Is This Your Life?

What Does It Mean To Accept Christ?

What's Wrong With The Sinner's Prayer?

An Important Aspect of Baptism

Must We Believe Jesus Is God?

Turn or Burn

Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church

10 Reasons Not To Ask Jesus Into Your Heart

10 Principles For New Christians

10 Pitfalls Of The Foolish Apologist

Evangelistic Phrases That Produce False Conversions

The Secret About How Some Christians Witness

Preaching God's Love In Acts?

The Gospel In Every Book Of The Bible

7 Key Differences Bewteen Protestant And Catholic Doctrine

A Different Perspective On Halloween

10 Reasons I Kissed Halloween Goodbye

The Question After A Tragedy - WHY?

The Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thoughts About Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner

A Pastor's Response To The Marriage Debate

Sin By Any Other Name Is Still Sin

Should a Woman Be a Pastor or Elder?

Wives, Submit To Your Husbands?

The Shack - Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

Universalism - A Problem for Everyone

5 Problems With Roman Catholic Theology

5 More Problems With Roman Catholic Theology

5 Truths We're Keeping From Our Youth Groups

Charlottesville, Racism and God's Word

8 Signs Your Christianity is Too Comfortable

Maybe Elvis Was Just a Carnal Christian?

Is God Calling Me to Be a Pastor?


Audio / Video

    Original Sermon Jams

     Born Again - Paul Washer

     Does Jesus Know You? - Paul Washer

     We Got An A! - Paul Washer

     A Boy On The Street - R.C. Sproul

     Fearless - R.C. Sproul

     Hypocrites - R.C. Sproul

     Smiling Faces - R.C. Sproul

     Authorized Personnel Only - Tony Evans

     Drive-thru - Tony Evans

     One Flesh - Tony Evans

     Sex - Tony Evans

     The Satisfier - Tony Evans

     Who to Serve? - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     The Voice of Truth - Pastor Ben Maxie

     Transformed - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Where is the Love? - Pastor Ben Maxie

     He Claimed to be God - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Love is a Behavior - Pastor Ben Maxie

     Examine It for Yourself - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Perfect Love - Pastor Ben Maxie

     We Need Preachers - Mike Bongo

     The Sovereignty of God in Evangelism - Mike Bongo 

     I'm Ready - Mike Bongo

     Our Day in Court - Mike Bongo

     Examine Yourself - Mike Bongo

     Exclusivity - Mike Bongo

     Our World - Mike Bongo

     The Great Exchange - Mike Bongo 

     True God - Mike Bongo

    The One Minute Apologist

     Intolerance - Greg Koukl

     Legislating Morality - Frank Turek

     Intelligent Design and Creation - Bill Dembski

     Tolerance is Unbiblical - Josh McDowell

     Homosexual Forgiveness - Michael Brown

     What Must I Do To Be Saved? - Hank Hannegraaff

     Is Jesus A Copycat Savior? - J. Warner Wallace

     The Resurrection - Gary Habernas

     Contradictions In The Bible - Mike Licona

     Is It About Winning Arguments? - Mary Jo Sharp

     Does Christianity Oppress Women? - Dianna Newman

     Is Evil An Argument For God? - Brett Kunkle

   WWUTT (When We Understand The Text)

     Hate The Sin, Love The Sinner?

     Thou Shalt Not Judge?

     God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle?

     Do We Have To Prove That God Exists?

     Preach The Gospel, If Necessary Use Words?

     You Don't Have To Go To Church To Be A Christian?

     I Stand At The Door And Knock?

     God Has Already Chosen Who Will Be Saved?

     Spare The Rod, Spoil the Child?

     The Bible Says Slavery is Okay?

     Are Catholics Saved?

     God Foreknew Who Would Be Saved?

     Does The Bible Say Homosexuality is A Sin?

     Alter Calls And The Sinner's Prayer?

     Worse Than An Unbeliever?

    Kids Section

     The Gospel

     David Platt On Sharing the Gospel With Children

     For The Children: Are You Saved? - Paul Washer

     2 Amazing 11 Year Old Boys

   Other Audio / Video

     Rescue The Perishing

     Emeal Zwayne's Dialogue With A Homosexual

     The Big Questions of Life - Voddie Baucham

   Explore God

     Is There A God?

     Can We Know God Personally?

     Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?

     Is Jesus Really God?

     Are Christians Judgmental?

   The Bible Project

     The Book of Genesis Overview - Part 1 of 2 

     The Book of Genesis Overview - Part 2 of 2 

     The Book of Exodus Overview - Part 1 of 2

     The Book of Exodus Overview - Part 2 of 2

     The Book of Leviticus Overview

     The Book of Numbers Overview

     The Book of Deuteronomy Overview

     The Book of Joshua Overview

     The Book of Judges Overview

     The Book of Ruth Overview

     The Book of 1 Samuel Overview

     The Book of 2 Samuel Overview

     The Books of 1 and 2 Kings Overview

     The Book of Job Overview

     The Book of Psalms Overview

     The Book of Proverbs Overview

     The Book of Song of Songs Overview

     The Book of Isaiah Overview - Part 1 of 2

     The Book of Isaiah Overview - Part 2 of 2

     The Book of Hosea Overview

     The Book of Joel Overview

     The Book of Amos Overview

     The Book of Obadiah Overview

     The Book of Jonah Overview

     The Book of Micah Overview

     The Book of Nahum Overview

     The Book of Habakkuk Overview

     The Book of Zephaniah Overview 

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Street Conversations - Don

Street Conversations - VeeJay

Street Conversations - Joe

Street Conversations - Ralph 

Street Conversations - Charles

Street Conversations - Ed

Street Conversations - Ken

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Street Conversations - Ida

Street Conversations - Earl & Evadel 

Street Conversations - Jim  

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Street Conversations - Hippy part 2

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Street Conversations - Jacob

Street Conversations - Nolan

Street Conversations - Fred and Frank

Street Conversations - Phillip



My Baptism

Parable Of The Talents  

Survey Says  

A Hard Lesson  

Talking About Jesus  

The Perfect Gift  

A Faith Worth Thinking About  

Stand Strong  

Peace At Christmas  

Resolutions From Revelation  

Takin' The Gospel To The Streets  

Responding Rightly To The Gospel Of Grace  

A Defense That Honors God And His Word  

Encouragement In Corinth

Why Are You Here?  

The Dash

Surrendering To Win

The Gospel

The Laborers Are Few; Therefore...

Love Has No Labels - A Response

Faith That Works

Atheists: They Don't Exist


Making a Difference - Outreach and Evangelism  

Luke - A Careful Investigation to be Sure  

Be Kind! Yeah, But Why?

A Close Encounter of the Divine Kind

The Formula For Forgiveness

The Parable of the Soils

Jesus in the Storm

Dealing with Difficult Disciples


Repent or Perish!

Demanding Discipleship

Seeing the Seeker

Having What You Need When You Need It



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