Persons, places and things: The hope for eternal life


By Barb Arland-Fye


Two of my mother’s sisters, with whom she had close relationships, died within a month of each other and the loss has impacted both of us. My mother takes comfort in her belief that God has taken her sisters into heaven because of the way they lived their lives.
I’ve been reflecting on my aunts’ deaths because they’d always been a part of my life and I wonder precisely what happens to people after they die. Because we have souls, do we have a sense of consciousness in the transition from this life to eternal life? For those of us who are Christians, with our human imperfections, do we transition to a state of spiritual purification before being united in the final judgment with our Triune God?

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