Lately, I have had so many friends and people that I know who have lost family members and good friends. It is really hard when someone we love dies. Being a Christian I know where I am going when I die. I know that many people believe that if you are a Christian and you are not perfect that you are going to hell. That is not true there is no human being on this planet that is perfect. We all make mistakes and that is why we all need a Savior.
Within the Christian faith, there is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. Some people believe that after death, everyone “sleeps” until the final judgment, after which everyone will be sent to heaven or hell. Others believe that at the moment of death, people are instantly judged and sent to their eternal destinations. Still others claim that when people die, their souls/spirits are sent to a “temporary” heaven or hell, to await the final resurrection, the final judgment, and then the finality of their eternal destination. So, what exactly does the Bible say happens after death?
First, for the believer in Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that after death believers’ souls/spirits are taken to heaven, because their sins are forgiven by having received Christ as Savior (John 3:16, 18, 36). For believers, death is to be “away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23).
Second, for those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment. However, similar to the destiny of believers, unbelievers also seem to be sent immediately to a temporary holding place, to await their final resurrection, judgment, and eternal destiny. Luke 16:22-23 describes a rich man being tormented immediately after death. Revelation 20:11-15 describes all the unbelieving dead being resurrected, judged at the great white throne, and then being cast into the lake of fire. Unbelievers, then, are not sent to hell (the lake of fire) immediately after death, but rather are in a temporary realm of judgment and condemnation. However, even though unbelievers are not instantly sent to the lake of fire, their immediate fate after death is not a pleasant one. “The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! … “And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so … to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.'(Luke 16:24).
Therefore, after death, a person resides in a “temporary” heaven or hell. After this temporary realm, at the final resurrection, a person’s eternal destiny will not change. The precise “location” of that eternal destiny is what changes. Believers will ultimately be granted entrance into the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1). Unbelievers will ultimately be sent to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). These are the final, eternal destinations of all people—based entirely on whether or not they had trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36).
For the Christians, at the Rapture their bodies will rise and God will change them over to new resurrection bodies, then we who are on earth shall rise to meet them in the sky and so shall we always be with the Lord!!!
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words (1Th 4:16-18).
Many times I hear people say at funerals that “They are in a better place.” I am here to tell you that if they don’t have Jesus as their Savior, they are NOT in a better place. They are in Hell. It is the time that people stop dancing around this issue. Without Jesus, as your Savior, you do not have eternal life. You will not go to heaven. Our Lord is so loving that He will not force Himself on anyone. You need to make the choice for yourself. That is the free will that He gives to each one of us.
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