From Your Deathbed

Imagine your doctor has informed you that you only have hours to live. Your disease is in the final stages. You will probably not last the night. What is important to you during those last remaining hours you have on this earth?

Many of us would have questions about the afterlife. But someone on their deathbed is probably focused on very different things from the person who is healthy and living a busy, full life.

People with no real concern of impending death ask questions like:

  • Why is there a hell?
  • How could a loving God send someone there?
  • What makes only Christianity right?
  • What about the person who never heard the Gospel; will they go to hell?
  • What happens to good people? 

These questions may seem valid and relevant but are these questions what someone would really ask from their deathbed? Many of us would think of the usual things associated with those final moments such as spending cherished time with loved ones, and putting our financial affairs in order. However, let’s contemplate for a moment what your thoughts and questions would be if you lay in a hospital bed right now.

You might think about things such as:

  • Is there really life after death? 
  • Is there really places called heaven and hell?
  • Have I done too much bad in my life for heaven?
  • Would I be accepted into heaven?  
  • Am I going to hell?

These are the kinds of questions people ask when they are facing eternity. Suddenly, the arrogant questions and demands on God and His ways are nonexistent. Facing death tends to humble most people.

Yes, there are still the ones who maintain a prideful, angry, defiant heart against God on their deathbed. They insist they don’t believe in an afterlife. Many of them believe they will be annihilated, sleep forever, or get into heaven later.

Listen to what Jesus said about the destination of unbelievers in Matthew 25:41: “Depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” He also said in Matthew 13:49-50, “The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just and cast them into a furnace of fire, there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Based on those Bible verses, does it appear people will turn to dust or sleep forever?

Here is the good news! Everyone can be saved from hell if they choose correctly.

Jesus said in John 6:40 “Everyone who sees the Son and believes on Him, may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up the last day.”

Jesus is saying that anyone who understands that He is who He said He is, and places their trust in Him alone for salvation, will be saved.

I want to share the true story of a man who was on his deathbed. He was a wealthy man who didn’t believe in God and found himself at death’s door. I write about this in chapter 16 of my book called, “Hell; Separate Truth from Fiction.”

What happened to this man? He found himself lying in a hospital bed, hours or days away from death. He was truly afraid and he wanted to know the truth. I explained that Jesus, who is God, became a man, paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then rose from the dead. I shared with him that he needed to ask forgiveness for his sins, and ask Jesus to come into his heart. I told him he must believe from his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord in order to be saved. He anxiously did just that and was saved the same day. He died shortly after.

What if you die suddenly? What if you don’t have an opportunity to think about these questions from a hospital bed before you die? Have you investigated the Bible with a humble attitude? Do you genuinely want to know the truth?

Do not risk your eternal soul on just your opinion. You will make a tragic mistake if you neglect to ask these questions while you are still alive.

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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell