I am freaking out at the moment. It has hit me all of a sudden that I am going to die one day. I am terrified. Really terrified. To the point that I have had panic attacks and almost black out due to the fact that I am scared not knowing what happens after I die. I have read the questions and answers on the website but it gives me little comfort as it just touches on the topic.
What will be the next stage after we die? Will we take a human form and always be happy? Will we taste the beautiful fruits and see lovely clothes and be joyous all the time? Will we have feelings, memories, and everything else? I am freaking out just writing this.
I have a strong belief. But now, I have hit realization that one day I will die and will not wake up again until Judgment Day. I am terrified and I do not know how to handle this.
"Fear not" is a very meaningful command frequently repeated in the Holy Bible. If God is with us, fear is casted out. Man's worst enemy is death and Christ conquered death. The parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) illustrates a glimpse of paradise. Abraham conversed and brought things to memory while he experienced comfort in paradise. Also, Angels carried Lazarus to paradise. Food and clothing do not have the same value in heaven. The glorified body will have no need for the frivolous things that were mandatory here. Nevertheless, we will be satisfied in every way and have no need for anything. Christ will always be with us. The Lord Jesus Christ confirmed to the thief on His right while on the cross that he would be with Him in paradise on that day. If we struggle to live righteously with God during our lifetime here on earth, He will take us with Him where He is. Thus, we must strive against sin, live a life of repentance, be merciful and kind, pray, and partake of the Holy Sacraments as often as possible. Despite any hardships or tribulations, if we enjoy living with Christ here on earth, we will enjoy Him more in heaven. Knowing God now and loving Him with all your heart will give you confidence in His promises, love, and mercy.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).
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