And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment... (Hebrews 9:27)
I came across a Miami TV station (CBS4) news story today about something called "Death Cafes".
Death Cafes Give Participants A Chance To Confront Their Fears
There are all sorts of meet-ups for all kinds of things these days, but a growing trend in gatherings is gaining attention for the topic that many consider taboo: death. At death cafe events guests gather to sip coffee, eat cookies, and talk about death and dying.
"Some of them are in public cafes. Some of them are in peoples homes," said Death Café host Jane Hughes Gignoux.
The gatherings were stated to explore different people's perceptions about the end of life. People of all ages and backgrounds join the conversations in person and online.
"Some people come with questions. Some people come with things that they want to share. Some people come with anxieties," explains Gignoux who hosts death cafes each month. Participants describe them as informal gatherings of people who share a common interest.
We too have "gatherings" to sip coffee, eat cookies (usually donuts, but still plenty of sugar), and sometimes we too talk about death and dying. Our gatherings are called church services. But rather than taking turns sharing our perceptions and ignorance, we turn to God's word for the answers to our questions about death and dying.
The Bible tells us that physical death is not the end of our existence. God tells us that everyone will exist forever. Most will spend eternity in a literal hell and a few will spend eternity in a literal heaven; And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27) What matters at this judgment following death is what you have believed about Jesus Christ and His salvation for your sins; so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (Hebrews 9:28)
How about You? Are you eagerly awaiting His second coming and judgment? I would love to have Ms. Gignoux invite me to one of her Death Cafe gatherings where I would tell them the good news about Jesus Christ and the eternal life He alone offers. Better yet, someone needs to invite her and all those people seeking answers to come to a Bible teaching church where they can hear the truth about what really happens after we die. Maranatha!