Why Do Even Unbelievers Hold to an Afterlife?

God has put within each of us an inner sense that life on earth is not all there is. The Bible answers this so clearly: “[God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
People may suppress this truth or deny it, but our conscience still speaks. The “still small voice” of God tells us—down deep—that it is still true (1 Kings 19:12). We must never ignore that inner voice—but rather, check what we believe it is saying alongside Scripture, where He reveals these truths.
The apostle Paul wrote about this danger of denying God’s truth: “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen . . . so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:19–20).

The reason we have this inner conviction that death is not the end—and that Heaven exists—is because we were created in the image of God. We aren’t simply physical beings; we also have a soul (or spirit), and we bear within us the likeness of our Creator. That likeness has been marred and distorted by sin—but it is still there. And just as God is eternal, so we sense in our hearts that we too must be eternal. The Bible says that God lives forever (Isaiah 57:15). Just as God lives forever, we who are made in His likeness will also live forever.
“There is a time for everything . . . under heaven. . . . a time to search and a time to give up” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6). My prayer is that you will exercise your God-given right to search the Scripture and to seek the One who died for you. Don’t give up on God. Instead, give up running from God—He hasn’t given up on you.

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