INTRODUCTION

         Cicero wrote: “No man can be ignorant that he must die, nor be sure that he may not this very day.” That is humanity's dilemma. Every person must deal with death somehow or just ignore it. But even ignoring it, death still stalks us as relentlessly as our own shadows. We can, of course, take the advice of Dylan Thomas: — “Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” — but what good does raging do? Shouldn't we rather try to escape? After all, there are reports of ghosts, and of near-death experiences, and, of course, there's The Bible, that historical account of man's contact with the Hebrew God.
         It is, of course, a matter of faith, or at least hope, both of which the Bible urges us to. So rather than rage, wouldn't our time be better spent at least trying to escape? And finally, there is this: What if the Bible really is true after all?
         I've been a Bible student all my life. At my daughter's urgings I started writing in earnest what I've learned and believe. I hope it will be of use to you.