3.3.1.1.2 The significance of the invisible realm for the life of human beings

The belief that the soul and spirit continue to exist eternally in the beyond after physical death is of great importance to man (1 Peter 3: 19; 1 Corinthians 15). The attitude a person adopts toward God during earthly life has consequences for his existence in the beyond. This insight can help a person resist the temptations of the Devil and lead a life that is pleasing to God.

In this sense it is beneficial to occupy oneself with things pertaining to the beyond and the invisible. On the other hand, concerning oneself with the invisible by way of necromancy or conjuring the dead does not correspond to God's will (Deuteronomy 18: 10-11; 1 Samuel 28).

Apostle Paul clarifies the significance of the invisible: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4: 17-18).

SUMMARY

An invisible world (invisible creation, the beyond) is attested many times in Holy Scripture. It includes the realm in which God rules, the angels, the immortal souls of human beings, as well as the realm of the dead. The Devil and his followers also belong to the invisible world. (3.3.1.1)

"Angels" are primarily to be understood as messengers of God whose task it is to worship God, fulfil the instructions He gives them, and thereby serve Him. According to biblical accounts, there are certain rankings in the angel world, which include "angel princes" or "archangels". Holy Scripture does not give specific explanations about the orders in the angel world. (3.3.1.1.1)

The human soul and spirit continue to exist eternally in the beyond after physical death. This insight can help human beings to resist temptations and to lead a God-pleasing life. (3.3.1.1.2)

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