This morning as I was reading an Internet article I came across this phrase
"Those under 40 tend to be like the student I quoted above. They have had some weird experience of Jesus that changed their life. They left behind aspiring careers in law or media or medicine or whatever and took up ministry, which promises far less money and social prestige, but far more satisfaction, both in this world and the next."
The phrase that I want to focus on here is "both in this world and the next". This is a pretty common way of thinking among Christians. It can be expressed in various ways, such as: "in this life or the next", "in the here and now and the hereafter", "on earth and in heaven", and so on. All of these contain one major Christian assertion, there is "after we die, we will go on to the next life, to heaven, etc." This assertion has been used by Christians for many centuries. It is also written in the Bible in various places. But is it true?
Here is the thing, an assertion is not the same thing as something being real or true.
Other unproven (or unprovable) Christian Assertions. There are many, let's start with the largest assertions:
- The Bible is the Word of God
- Jesus was born of a virgin
- The Holy Spirit