“AfterLife” by Hank Hanegraaff

Hank Hanegraaff, known as the “Bible Answer Man,” tackles questions about what lies beyond our natural realm of knowledge.

Death is inevitable. From the tallest of tales to the strangest of science fiction, all of mankind as grappled with this struggle over the reality of death and how to avoid it. From one end of the spectrum to another, not one soul has found a way to escape death. In fact, in all of factually-recorded history, only two individuals have been spared death (Enoch and Elijah), but even they are destined to die one day (as prophesied in Revelation). So, if one can accept the reality that they will one day die, then perhaps it is best to ask the questions that then matter to this subject. 

What happens after death? Is there a heaven and a hell? How does one choose where to go? What is heaven? How does it work?

Questions like these are addressed in this book, as well as the questions that people may prefer to avoid, such as the reality of hell and the like. This book even addresses near-death experiences, ghosts, and purgatory. If anyone were to look for a resource book to answer almost every question imaginable, it may be this one. But is it accurate? After all, there is no shortage of near death experiences and writings about it, including quite a few released by Christian publishers.

It is hard to score if Hanegraaff is correct in every understanding of the afterlife, but at this point, I have to state that he is the most correct stance I have seen. Hanegraaff balances questions with Scripture and philosophical reasoning. Throughout the text, Hanegraaff refers to Heaven, but for him, Heaven is redefined as the new heavens and new earth mentioned in Revelation. Shortly put, his unapologetic stance toward challenging the history of improper theology is refreshing and brilliant. There will be sex. There will be animals. There will be memories. But in spite of it all, there will be no sin.

What about biblical prophecies, however? It is in this area that Hanegraaff scores poorly. He disregards several portions of Revelation (primarily 20:1-6) in order to argue for no rapture, no Tribulation, and no millennial reign. I have always learned to read the Bible literally, whenever possibe. Hanegraaff suggests, several times, to interpret it differently, which muddies the water to clear Bible interpretation. Is there a millennial reign? Yes. Is there a rapture? After reading his argument, I don’t know. There’s much still to be known, and Hanegraaff flies under the radar by failing to clearly define his beliefs in this matter.

Overall, Hanegraaff has some good points. Jewishly, and biblically, speaking, however, he may be well off his rocker. Read at your own risk.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.