The Afterlife Q&A
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Revelation 21:1–21:4
A Biblical Approach
The Bible doesn’t tell us everything we want to know about heaven and the afterlife, but it is clear about everything we need to know. We should go as far as what the Bible says (and do so with certainty), but we should not go beyond what the Bible says with the same kind of certainty.
In the end, we have to decide what authority ultimately dictates our beliefs about the afterlife or any other doctrine. Historically, Christianity has held that Scripture trumps reason, science, and experience. Recently, there's been a temptation to interpret Scripture in light of reason, science, and experience, thus undercutting the Bible's authority.
You can access the audio and video of our Afterlife question and answer session at our website (hopevale.org) or through our mobile app. In the next few weeks, we also hope to post a document with more extensive answers to the questions submitted.
Revelation 21:1-4 NIV
Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."