Does eternal life begin only after one has died?

Q: Does eternal life begin only after one has died?

A: It is clearly written in the Bible that eternal life from God begins in this life when we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord (John 5:24, Luke 19:9). However, God’s promise of joy, peace and freedom cannot be fully experienced until we join the Lord in heaven after we die. This is because of the sins of in this world and in humanity. But when we walk with Christ in this life, we begin the journey of eternal life and begin to experience God’s love and grace, and the blessings of being a Christian. What a wonderful thing it is! When we depart from our earthly journey, we continue this eternal life and God keeps on loving us and caring for us with his heavenly grace.