Do people face the same process of judgment when they die? Apparently not all rich goes to damnation and not all poor goes to a glorious place. Lazarus and the rich man are just “two” of the many cases but most likely not all people are headed to the same “waiting” stop. We have read the cases of Elijah and Enoch, who had their own distinct eternal destiny. Why? Because all people since the beginning of mankind are yet to face the final judgment including so many angels. A rare case in the face of death is of Balaam from the book of Numbers. He was a great magician, a Gentile. God used him to bless Israel, but he made a huge mistake. In the end he professed a very intriguing statement: “Let me die with the death of the righteous.”
Before we understand death, we have to understand destiny. This means that as everyone awaits for Christ’s return, each departed soul faces eternity distinct from others, therefore the soul is very much conscious after death, they are not sleeping. Wayne Jackson, a Christian writer said, we will recognize our families and friends if we see them in eternity.
God searches the depth of our hearts. His Kingdom isn’t like a publishing company that if you haven’t written any book before, you can’t be in, no matter how good you can be. God uses relationships to test a person’s spirit, that’s why He said, love your neighbors. For some exigent situations, He uses a soul mate, because having one is the only way He can attest a person’s depth. He’s not the type who would say, I know you from the start, you’ll be in heaven or you’ll be in hell. No, that’s not how it is. He makes a way, as He holds the heaven and earth. His judgment isn’t a guilt trip to Jerusalem. It is by relationships that we can present our case to God and that is by love. Saints alone can, not the saints which Catholics pray to negotiate their sins to God- a true saint is the one who has the blood of Jesus, who has the seal of the Holy Spirit. You can present your own case and not the case of someone you don’t really know.