I love the movie, Kubo and the Two Strings. It addresses many dark themes such as death, life, supernatural beings and what happens to souls when one dies.
“Many say, the songs about what happens when we die, how we don’t just disappear. Like Kubo’s paper, we shift, we transform, so we can continue our story in another place.The end of one story is merely the beginning of another.”
I find it so apt that the quote reflects many aspects what Christians believe when we die.
1. “We don’t just disappear.”
There is an after life. Believe it or not, we all are eternal beings. It’s just where you end up forever. Heaven or hell. Eternal life or eternal damnation. Believers in Jesus spend eternity with God.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
2. “We shift, we transform.”
St. Paul affirms that our body will be transformed in an instant into a heavenly body when we die. We don’t keep our mortal bodies. We don’t fade into nothingness.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
3. “So we can continue our story in another place.”
Indeed, our mortal flesh is changed to immortal so that we can move into the next world. The next world is entirely different from this world and thus, new bodies are needed. The story of our lives here continues to the next. And if you haven’t realised, our lives are but a breath compared to eternity. How you live in this super short time will determine where you spend for a super long time.
What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
4. “The end of one story is merely the beginning of another.”
Our story continues on in the next world. How it ends is up to you. Where you go is up to you. Decide to believe in Jesus who can save your soul from hell. And your story will continue beside Jesus for all eternity.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.