The Question About Knowing Your Final Destination When You Die

A reader recently commented on one of my posts. And I followed his trail to his blog where I read some interesting posts.

In Suicidal thoughts/In case tomorrow never comes, the author asked some amusing questions and suggested that we think or blog about them. I am taking up the challenge here by answering one of the many questions he asked.

Of all the thirty five questions on the list, this one (which was incidentally no 1) tickled my fancy the most:

“If you had the chance to find out where your final destination would be after you die right now at this moment, would you wanna know?”

My immediate response to that question was, “…I am glad that I don’t have to wait till I die to know where I would be when I die. As a believer in Christ, I know I will be with God when I die. Can one be sure about this on this side of the earth? Yes, but’s that’s a story for another day.”

Further to that impromptu comment of mine, this post is my humble attempt at addressing that question in detail. And I am speaking as someone who believes in God through Jesus Christ and accepts the Bible as the authentic word of God.

I reckon that we would understand the discussion better if I broke my ‘story’ into smaller units as follows:

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1. There is an “after life”

First of all, let me affirm here (as rightly presupposed in the question) that there is life after death. And whether you believe in it or not does not change the fact that an ‘afterlife” exists.

If you are a believer, we have an assurance from Jesus Christ that a place is being prepared for us to be when we die. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” John 14:3.

Apostle Paul also made reference to the ‘afterlife’ in some of his Epistles. “If I am to go on living in the body,” he says, “this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (see Philippians 1:21-23).

So my dear reader, recognise that it is a fundamental human error – with an eternal consequence – to believe that we cease to exist when we die; that all we have in this life is all there is, that there is no life after death.

In the article What happens when we die?, Matt Slick points out, “Some people believe that when we die, we just stop existing. Biblically, this is not true. According to Scripture, we continue after death. But, if we stop existing we will never know it. Therefore, the only thing we could “know” after death is if we continue. Is it worth taking a chance on eternity in the afterlife by hoping you don’t exist anymore? It’s a huge risk to take.”

2. You don’t have to wait till you die to “find out where your final destination would be.”

If you have to wait till you to die to determine the question of the ‘after life’ then it would have been too late. Your time on earth is your opportunity to “decide” your final destination when you die.

If you don’t consciously decide on it before you die, you would have automatically decided that you would spend your afterlife without God. Continue reading to see ‘how’.

life after death

3. What the Bible teaches

We understand from the word of God that there are only two possible final destinations for man at the end of life here on earth. One is Heaven, and the other is Hell (Matthew 25:46).

I am sure that you have heard about heaven or hell spoken of from many perspectives. What I am not sure is whether you have firmly understood in your mind what they each stand for.

Suffice to say here that Heaven, is the presence of God, a place full of bliss. Hell, is a place without the presence of God, a place of damnation.

In Revelation 14:11, we are given a glimpse of the kind of torment that will be experienced by the occupants of hell – satan and everyone else who sides with him. “And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”

4. Your destiny is in your hand.

When it comes to deciding where you will spend your after life, I would say it is up to you to decide. First, you have to ‘accept’ that there is an “after life.”

And there are only two possible places you can spend it. It will either be in heaven or in hell.

The only way to spend it in heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour while you are still alive here on earth. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

So it is in your best interest to not only acknowledge that there is an afterlife, but also to plan or prepare for it.

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Do you believe in the afterlife? What’s your view?


©Copyright 2019 | Victor Uyanwanne

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16 thoughts on “The Question About Knowing Your Final Destination When You Die

  1. Understand546 16/02/2019 / 3:16 pm

    I want to thank you so much for actaully taking the time out to read my blog answer one of the thirty five questions I left on my post because I wrote that post over a year ago so thank you.
    When I wrote that post, I was thinking in dark places. I am a very curious individual and I always questions circumstances and think to the extreme.
    The one thing that frightens me is that more people go to hell then heaven and once our physical bodies perish, there is not a second chance for reincarnation. So sometines I do think to myself, if I was to die right now will Jesus accept my soul to enter through the gates of heaven?
    This as well is not the only post where I wrote deep questions. I tend to think beyonf the surface of the average person. My thought process is like a 200ft ocean. I love this post becasue this post change my point of view on this topic because you are abosultely right, you don’t have to wait until you die to find out where your final destination will be. This topic can be a good sermon on a sunday morning.
    I hooe you have a blessed and it was a blessing to come across your blog and I will reblog this post on my blog

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    • VictorsCorner 16/02/2019 / 3:35 pm

      You are most welcome.
      Thank you for the warm comment and for the reblog. I should actually give you the credit because it was your question that gave right to this post. I appreciate the privilege to provide the answer to one of your questions.

      You see, it is good to ask questions. Without asking the right questions, we may not get the right answers. So rest assure that your questions were in order. And it is my hope that my humble answer would make meaning to everyone that would read it.

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      • Understand546 16/02/2019 / 10:40 pm

        That’s what I love about blogging is the fact that bloggers acrossed the world can learn from each other.
        I hope this reach more people to give confidence that the lord promises eternal life

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        • VictorsCorner 16/02/2019 / 10:59 pm

          Yes, I love the interaction that blogging affords all of us. And learning from one another is a natural by product of it.

          I pray too that many more people get to read our posts so that they get to share in this knowledge as well. Thanks for your comments so far.

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    • VictorsCorner 16/02/2019 / 3:38 pm

      Let me also add that when you are a believer of Christ here on earth, you need not worry whether you will be accepted through the gate of heaven, because I know you will. It is a done deal. The word of God gives us that much guarantee.

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      • Understand546 16/02/2019 / 10:47 pm

        I love this response. You know what else, this post encourages to reblog more posts from you and other bloggers.
        It was blessing reading and I wish you more followers that will come and read this

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        • VictorsCorner 16/02/2019 / 11:02 pm

          Amen. Thank you for this feedback. And feel free to reblog any post of mine you like.

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  2. musingsalonglifesjourney 18/02/2019 / 11:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing Brother! The biggest thing the enemy has done is to make heaven and hell into fantasy. I’ve heard too many testimonies of people who have actually been shown/experienced hell to think it couldn’t be fully as real and darker than the Bible can describe! I’ve heard even MORE testimonies of those who have seen the joys of heaven; SO MUCH over the top of what we could EVER imagine from earth! May His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Amen!

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  3. annjekins 28/02/2019 / 12:46 am

    I told agree.. I am a Believer.. I would rather believe in Jesus Christ than to awake in eternity without Him.. Some say how can you believe in a God you can not see., The same way they can in their abilities to breath.. It’s a Faith and regardless I would rather be safe and secure than sorry with no way out..

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    • VictorsCorner 28/02/2019 / 5:24 am

      Thank you Anne. Yes, God can only be found by faith. One assurance we have is that if our hope in Christ is a living hope, one that God has guaranteed by raising Him from the dead.

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