Famed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson became increasingly interested in the Bible. In a discussion on Joe Rogan’s podcast earlier this year (see the YouTube video, which has nearly 6 million views), Peterson shared what he learned about the Bible while visiting the Washington, D.C., Museum of the Bible. “
Only Jordan Peterson can say whether he was able to connect the biblical message to the salvation of his own immortal soul.
Speaking at Cambridge University in England last November, Jordan Peterson was asked, “Does consciousness die with the body?” Peterson replied, “I don’t know, I would say. I mean, we don’t Understanding consciousness. We don’t really understand its place in the universe, let’s say. But I’m not qualified to answer that kind of question.”
A psychologist with decades of experience, Jordan Peterson delivers intelligent speeches on a wide range of topics. But he was asked challenging questions about consciousness after death, taking the discussion into a realm far above human reason. Unless God tells us, we simply don’t know the answer to this vital question.
“Secret things belong to the LORD our God” (Deuteronomy 29:29). “There is no doubt that the Most High does not tell his servants the prophets of his plans” (Amos 3:7). Christ’s apostles were “entrusted with the secret things of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1).
When the Messiah comes into your life, the secret will be revealed. Jesus is the incarnation; (John 1:14) Alpha and Omega, beginning and end; (Revelation 22:13) the sinless Son of God; the second person of the Trinity; and “the creator of all things visible and invisible in heaven and earth ” (Colossians 1:16). No one understands the consciousness after death better than Jesus Christ.
The Lord who created our immortal souls and our intellects revealed truths about life after death in the Bible. Jordan Peterson is on a spiritual journey, and the Bible holds the key to unlocking his personal confusion and uncertainty about consciousness after death.
Noah Webster Jr. is known as the “father of American scholarship and education,” and Webster’s name “has become synonymous with ‘dictionary’ in the United States.” Noah Webster said: “Without the Bible, there is no education. Useful. The Bible is the basic textbook for all fields in America.” Interestingly, Noah Webster also “founded the Connecticut Society for the Abolition of Slavery in 1791.”
In order to understand consciousness after death, one must accept what God has to say on the subject. God created human body, soul, intellect, emotion, consciousness, etc. A certain level of knowledge can only be achieved when you read the Bible with an open mind and a believing heart, and the Holy Spirit gives you the answers.
Someone will object right away: “You can’t possibly know that heaven and hell exist, and eternal life in heaven is a free gift to those who accept Christ as their Savior. You can only believe it and believe it.”
In fact, you can also know. First, you believe it, and then God gives you a guarantee that what you believe is absolutely true, true, and eternal. I call this knowledge “sacred reason.” When Christians believe in God’s promises, spiritual knowledge from God is derived from God’s Word.
The apostle John wrote these beautiful words of assurance and affirmation for believers: “These words I write to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
Note that for believers, faith comes first: “the one who believes.” And this belief is based on the Gospel message, which is rooted in the historical events of the cross and the empty tomb. Relying on God’s promise in the gospel (John 3:16) produces divine reason: “that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
The 19th-century American preacher DL Moody said, “Faith is the root. Assurance is the flower.”
You first believe that Christ is your savior from sin, and then God begins to assure you that your sins are forgiven and that heaven is your eternal home. None of us will know a clue about heaven or hell unless God reveals the truth to us in his Word.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). When you accept God’s Word, the Holy Spirit breathes into your soul. God breathes faith, knowledge, and assurance into the hearts and minds of those who accept Jesus as Savior. (John 1:12)
Divine reason prompted Job to declare: “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25). How else could he possibly know such a thing? God showed him, and when you take the word of God, the Holy Spirit will show it to you.
Jordan Peterson, like each of us, is free to take the following statement of Jesus as literal truth:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he dies, will live; whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25,26)
Some people believe in the promise of Christ in the gospel, while others reject it. Some rely solely on human reason, while others believe in biblical teachings contained in the Bible. Believers receive divine reason from the Holy Spirit to know that what they believe is true. this is your choice.
It’s one thing to meditate on the Bible, but actually believing in the gospel is central to knowing Christ (John 10:14) and being “wisdom for salvation.” (1 Timothy 2:3:15) Believing in Jesus as your Savior is what makes everything new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Accepting the Word of God is the only way to truly determine life after death. Everything else is just shot in the dark.
Dan Delzell is the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska.