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Q:

Do you think we go to heaven the instant we die, or do we sleep (or something like that) until Christ comes again and we are awakened? We had a discussion about this in our Bible study, and I was surprised to find out how many different opinions there were.


A:

Yes, Christians can sometimes sincerely disagree on minor matters—although you should never forget that all Christians agree on those things that are really important, such as the divinity of Christ, His death on the cross for our salvation, His resurrection from the dead, and our hope of heaven.

From my own study of the Bible, I’m convinced that when we die, we immediately enter the presence of the Lord. At some future time, we will be given new bodies, similar to the body Jesus had after His resurrection. But in the meantime, our souls are with the Lord, and we are fully conscious of being in His presence.

This certainly seemed to be the Apostle Paul’s hope. He faced many dangers, and he knew that at any moment his life on earth could end. But he faced death with hope: “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).  Elsewhere he declared, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

Never forget that we have hope of life after death for one reason: Jesus Christ removed the barrier between us and God—the barrier caused by sin. Is your hope in Him?  If not, put your trust in Christ without delay.

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157 Comments

  1. OOIPHEKHUA says:

    WHY GOD IS SO GREAT THAT HE NEEDS TO LET SATAN OR EXCUSES TO LET BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO HIS CHILDREN

    1. BGEA says:

      The question of suffering is a difficult one, but this article might help answer it for you: http://goingfarther.net/life-issues/suffering/

  2. Hilton guilliam says:

    I believe that we all meet the lord in hevan where he is the most high.

  3. Rick Brown says:

    I have a question? Will we know our love ones once we get to heaven?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Rick,

      Read Billy Graham’s answer on this subject in the links below. We pray this will encourage you!

  4. Vicky Wallace says:

    I’ve heard pastors say after a loved one has died “I’m sure they are looking down at you and are very proud of you” My question is this. If our loved ones are looking down at the good things we do would they not see the sin in our life? I don’t think if I was in the presence of my Lord I couldn’t do anything but praise Him!

  5. Victoria perry says:

    Do your people give to poor and sick? Do you do charity?

    1. BGEA says:

      This ministry focuses on evangelism—telling people about Jesus—but our sister organization, Samaritan’s Purse, does do a lot of hands-on ministry: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

  6. shubhakmoses says:

    Do you have bible verses to help prove that we will go to heaven? We had a similar discussion and I wanted quotes from the bible to help. My belief that we go to heaven.

    1. BGEA says:

      Acts 1:9-12 tells about Jesus ascending into heaven days after He rose from the dead. Those who believe in Him will go to the same place after death to be with Him. Philippians 3:20 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ …” In John 14, Jesus speaks about the “many rooms” in His Father’s house where He was going to prepare a place for us.

      There are many, many other verses that talk about eternal life for those who follow Christ and describe aspects of heaven (Revelation 21 gives us a glimpse, although we can never fully comprehend it).

      Here are some Q&As on heaven if that’s helpful: http://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/christianity/heaven/

      You might also be interested in this short video about life after death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck2NED-MtEM

  7. salvatore D'Agostino says:

    I keep sinning and saying I am sorry, but how many times can the Lord forgive me? I am knowingly sinning thinking I am gonna be forgiven. It’s a harmless sin. My sin is lust. It’s not evil but it’s wrong.

  8. nick says:

    I’m a really curious 14 year old boy that is part of a Catholic family. I have always been curious of a theory that when you die do you just go too sleep forever? I want to belive in heaven, but I just don’t know anymore

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Nick,
      Thank you for your message. It sounds like you have quite a few questions, so please consider visiting http://peacewithgod.net/ to talk online with a member of our team.

  9. N,Gross says:

    For us who don’t ignore the OLD TESTAMENT, Ecclesiastes 9-5, For the living know that they shall die; but the dead not know anything, neither have they any reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

  10. modline says:

    I would like to know where does the soul go when we die while we waiting on Jesus to come

    1. M says:

      You are the soul. When God created Adam he made him from dust breathed his breath in them and Adam became a living soul. Read Gen. Also go to Bibleinfo.com for scriptures on bible topics. God Bless You!

    2. LK Jon says:

      Sleep, read the Bible..