Learning the Truth Regarding What Happens When We Die
Learning the truth regarding what happens when we die was one of the most liberating moments in my life. Growing up I had been taught the “truths” of the world about death. These teachings were confusing and brought much fear to my life, to the point that I would go into a state of distress with the thought of dying. When losing a loved one, it was hard to love a God that “could cause that much pain.”
When I was shown directly from God’s written Word what our heavenly Father had written for us to understand on this subject, a great peace filled my entire being! God does not want us to be ignorant about this subject, and knowing the truth directly from God’s written Word truly set me free (Hebrews 2:14; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:26; Psalms 6:5; Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10; Psalms 146:4).
Saved from Confusion
Having been raised Southern Baptist in a rural part of the United States, I felt condemned to fire and brimstone based on actions beyond my control. When given the opportunity, I elected to not attend any religious or secular organizations, as I found them confusing and unfruitful. I knew that other family members found a sense of peace in religion, and I felt that there was a God, but He was still unattainable for me.
In 1993 my mother died, and I was left even more confused and angry. Why would a loving God allow my mom to die at the age of fifty-seven?
In the meantime, my wife had been witnessed to by a coworker and had begun to attend fellowship. She had started taking a series of classes and had asked me to go. I told her to go ahead, that I was tired of religion. As the anger and confusion built in me, I finally asked her, “Why did God let my mother die at such a young age?” She said, “Come take the class.” The class was Dr. Wierwille’s Power for Abundant Living. In this class I was taught not only the idiom of permission but also that the dead in Christ are only asleep and awaiting the return, when we will meet again. As Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 4:13: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” I now have that hope.
I have since watched as my first and second wives have also fallen asleep. They are now awaiting the return of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
However, I now have the peace that was written about in Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When I was hurting and confused, God placed The Way Ministry and an understanding of His Word and will, through the class series, in my path and heart. I now know that I will see my loved ones again at the return. Until then, I look forward to being able to share the peace that I have come to know.
I thank God for Dr. Wierwille’s hunger for the truth and for The Way International’s diligence for the accuracy of God’s Word for over seventy-five years.