- What Happens When We Die?

What happens when we die? Do we go to heaven? Do we go to hell? Is there a purgatory? Is their conscienceness after death? The Bible tells us what happens and we can know if we are willing to set our traditions and preconceived notions aside and listen to the word of God. We are not immortals. When we die, we are dead and have no conscience. We do have a blessed hope of being resurrected to eternal life at the resurrection, but our loved ones are not with Jesus at this time. It is like a time worp in that the dead do not have an awareness of time passing as they have no awareness at all while dead in the grave. What would be the significance of Christ"s 2nd coming if we all just went to heaven or hell right away after death? There would be no significance at all. Let's carefully read through what God actually says about these things.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (“perish” seems to contrast with eternal life in hell)

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen. 2:7 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen. 2:17 (We are a soul, and we can die.)

the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezek. 18:4 (the soul can die)

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt. 10:28 (A destroyed soul seems to contrast with eternal life in hell.)

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. Mal. 4:1-3 (These words in bold seem to contrast eternal life in hell.)

For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. Obadiah 1:16

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. [4] His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Psalm 146:3-4

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Ecclesiastes 3:19-20

The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. Psalm 115:17 (silence is quite a contrast to wailing and screaming in agony in a burning furnace forever or going to heaven and singing and playing harps)

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? Psalms 6:5

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:28-29 (Jesus tells of the 2nd resurrection, and to marvel not.)

O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands. Job 14:13-15 (Job seems to have a good understanding about the matter. And to “live again” seems to contrast with immortal souls. And why would Job need to be “remembered” if he were to go to Heaven when he dies?)

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. I Cor. 15:51-54 (This verse should dispel the immortal soul doctrine.)

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? Ecclesiastes 3:21 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:59-60 (Our body and soul goes to the grave, our spirit returns to God. These will reunite at the resurrection at Christ’s return. Our spirit returns to God in Heaven, but we do not.)