What about after death?
Many people have their own ideas of what happens after death. Some believe they will come back and have another try at life in another body. Some believe that one dies and that is the end. Others believe that when we die, we all end up in a 'better-place'. These are all ideas; what's true?
Only the truth really matters in the end. Something that sounds great to your ears, but turns out to be a lie will not help you. Truth!
Your day in court
The Bible, the most textually reliable document of antiquity, says that when you die you will have your day in court and be judged by God. God will judge according to His standard of right and wrong. "Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness..." (Acts 17:31 ESV) If tomorrow you had a court-date here in Canada, you would be meeting with your lawyer ahead of time to check the law; to check and see if your were innocent or guilty before the laws of Canada. You have been given a court-date by God "... it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27 ESV). Should you not check now to see if you are innocent or guilty? You have an appointment with death; you just do not know when it will be.
Are you good enough for God?
Only the truth really matters in the end. Something that sounds great to your ears, but turns out to be a lie will not help you.
If you are a good person, then do you have anything to fear standing before God, your judge? It seems not. The question then is; are you a good person? Compare yourself to the people you know; how do you measure up? Wait a minute, you will not be judged against other people, but against God's standard of right or wrong! What is God's standard? God's standard of righteousness is God's Moral Law; the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).
If you stood before God right now and He judged you by the Ten Commandments, how would you do? Let's Check! Have you ever told a lie? What do you call someone who tells a lie? A liar! Have you ever stolen anything (remember that the value of what's stolen or how long ago do not remove guilt)? What do you call someone who steals something? A thief! Have you ever used the name of God lightly, or as a swear word to express disgust? Think, breathing in air that belongs to God and using that breath to blaspheme the name of your creator. What would you think of someone using your mother's name as a swear word? You'd be angry, how much more so would God be! One of the commandments is "You shall not commit adultery". Most people think they are innocent of this one until they hear the words of Jesus. He said that if you look at someone with lust, you are guilty of adultery in your heart (Matthew 5:27-28).
After looking at only four commandments (six more to go), if you are honest, you will see yourself as a liar, thief, blasphemer and adulterer at heart.