Central to the Catholic faith and all Christians are the 4 last things
The devil does a good job keeping people’s minds off thinking about these vital realities. Death is the only certainty for us humans. A good many people are so horrified at the prospect, they never give it a thought, concentrating instead only on what’s in front of their noses, usually their Smartphones! The problem with this strategy is that is its completely unrealistic. Death is the gateway to eternity. Our faith confirms that we will either end up in hell or heaven, following judgement. This is based on the teaching of Jesus in the Gospels. Do you believe this teaching? If you do, its time to start making some preparation. Think of how much time people invest in preparing for a wedding or a family holiday, even a Christmas lunch yet spend no time preparing for the biggest event of their short lives. If you are unsure about you position in relation to what the Church holds to be true, it’s still a good idea to investigate what comes next as there is a compelling case for the after-life. As the scripture says, ‘only a fool believes in his heart there is no God’ (Psalm 14:1) and I’m betting your no fool.
Over the next few weeks, this post will explore the ‘4 Last Things’. The message of the teaching is based on Catholic teaching but has meaning for all Christians. Also, I’ve written a handy helpful flyer on each topic. Just click on the word ‘death’ below to down load and save this weeks hot topic.
‘Death comes like a thief in the night’- 1 Thess 5:2. No one has any guarantee, young or old. We have no idea when we start a new day if it will be our last. Better to live each day as if it will be our last!
Lastly, even though some of you may be saying this is a negative subject, I can assure you that if you resolve to take your faith more seriously by following Jesus as his disciple, you will in the end find that your perspective on death will be changed for the better and that you will reap the benefits for a very long time to come.