There is so much confusion about what happens when we die. If you believe the Bible, the answer is easy to find. Just read the Bible.The Bible makes it quite clear without any doubt. This being the case, why do so many Christians have odd beliefs?Some say that you go straight to heaven, regardless of how good or how bad you have lived your life.Some say it depends on your life, and you go straight to heaven, or to hell.Some say you go to , or , and charge money to get you out.
The Bible teaches that the God who created heaven and earth is a God of LOVE. In fact He loves us so much, that he sent His only Son down from the majesty of heaven, to be beaten, whipped, scourged, and tortured on a cross. The picture of existing, forever burning, in a place called hell just does not seem to fit. Would a God of love REALLY do that?Besides, if ALL the wicked burn forever, then there are two immediate anomalies. It would mean that a man who stole a banana to survive is punished forever in flames beside Hitler, who killed millions. It would also mean that Cain who killed Abel, has already been suffering for six thousand years longer than the said Hitler.Another problem is that if a husband goes to heaven, and his wife goes to hell, would he ENJOY being in heaven knowing the suffering she was going through? The Bible says God is going to wipe away all tears. Is that possible in this situation? Another similar problem is how would we feel being in heaven and seeing our loved ones going through turmoil on earth?
The first thing to check out is if in fact we go ANYWHERE at all after death. There are some Bible verses that say PLAINLY that we go nowhere after death, at least not IMMEDIATELY.
On the next page, we will look at what really happens when we die.
The Bible plainly states we remain in the grave waiting to be resurrected in the future.
The prophet Malachi pulls no punches and says it very plainly, in words that can not be mistaken.
Malachi 4:1For 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.
It says that there is NOTHING left, but did he just FORGET to mention the soul goes somewhere else?Solomon comments on this.
If we do not go anywhere when we die, WHEN do we go somewhere, or do we at all?
Ok, Jesus brought Lazarus from the tomb that he had been in for 4 days so WHERE had he been for those 4 days?If he had been in heaven, he would not have been thankful that Jesus brought him back. If he was in hell, he would have been VERY thankful. NO. He had just been in the tomb, asleep, the sleep of death.
We have seen that we go NOWHERE at death, and that the righteous go to heaven while the wicked go somewhere else, eventually. So where is that somewhere else?
Matthew 23:23 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Jesus implied that there was a hell when He said:-
However, He ALSO said that you can not live forever in hell:-
Matthew 10:28 Andfearnotthemwhichkillthebody,butarenotabletokillthesoul:butratherfearhimwhichisabletodestroybothsoulandbodyinhell.
If the soul is destroyed in hell, then it ceases to exist, not forever tormented.
At this point, I should mention that the Jews referred to the grave as hell and this has probably led to some of the confusion that exists.We sometimes do a similar thing even today. We make statements like “I was in hell!”, but we do not mean we were burning forever.Another thing to keep in mind, is that the meaning of the term “forever” in the Bible is closer to the meaning of “permanent”.Hannah gave her son, Samuel, to serve in the temple FOREVER, meaning for the rest of his life, or PERMANENTLY.Another text that has caused confusion is this one:-
So WHAT is Hell? On the next page we shall see when hell begins,where it is, and when it ends.
We have seen that HELL does exist, and it is where the wicked are destroyed, so where is it?