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Q:

What happens to us in the first minute after we die? Do we enter heaven immediately, or do our souls go into some kind of a sleep until the end of time, when our souls and our bodies will be reunited? I've always had lots of questions about heaven.


A:

The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven and life after death – and the reason is because our minds are limited and heaven is far too glorious for us to understand. Some day, all of our questions will be answered – but not yet. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

However, the Bible certainly does indicate that when we die we enter immediately into God’s presence if we belong to Christ. From our earthly point of view, death looks somewhat like sleep – but not from God’s point of view. Paul declared, “We are confident (of eternal life), I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Elsewhere he wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

Later, we will be given new bodies – bodies that will never age or be subject to death, because they will be like Christ’s resurrection body. As the Bible says, “The dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Is your hope in Christ? Death is a reality – but so is God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Don’t put off your decision for Him, because you could be called into eternity at any moment – and then it will be too late.

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152 Comments

  1. Nicholas Jason says:

    I’m still 14, but I always wondering what happen next after we died? Sometimes I was thinking about what happen next. Do we getting a new life with another body? Or maybe we will go to the God, or we’re not gonna be anywhere, and just disapear and then feels nothing (this is the terryfying things that I ever thinking about death). Honestly I wanted to forget about all of that and just become like other people that never thinking about death, but it always appear in my mind like it will not gone. When it comes, I was so scared and makes me wonder if we will never felt life again, that makes me so sad. But I know I’m still hold a long time, so I’m just say to myself that there are still so many things to do, to discover, and it’s still a long way off. I just wanted that thinking about death goes from my mind and never come back anymore, but it’s still comes. So I was thinking, “do I was not believe to the Lord?” But then, I know I need to believe my Lord and I need to be faith in God, and I know the Lord is always be with me.

  2. Jennifer says:

    What happens if one commits suicide….not because of ungratefullness, but because life has just become too much to bear???

    1. BGEA says:

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  3. Dr. W says:

    Feed my mind and soul.

  4. Layne121 says:

    I know how you feel shembulock. I am only 12 and i always ponder what death is like. Do we reincarnate? Do we go to the lord (which i do not doubt), or do we just end and not become. Though i try not to dwell on this too much (it makes my head spin) It still comes to mind every once in a while. Sometimes I fear death and wonder if i just end and i never live again, and that typically makes me feel sad. Life is very boring for me right now and i have too much time on my hands so this is what i think about, I would as this question too to be honest. The point is: i’m afraid of death and what happens. but i shouldnt be because i need to have faith in the lord that i will be with him eternally.

  5. Shembulock says:

    I really believe in god., but I have had physical deaths in my dreams and after I die it is nothing but black, so I began to wonder, what happens when you die? I have surrendered my heart to jesus, and am ready for whatever he brings us, on one small note, living life like no tomorrow is hard cuz I can’t drive or do cool stuff like that because I am 12… *sigh*

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi,

      We are glad you are asking these questions at a young age. We’d love to chat with you. Follow this link, and learn more about what it means to be in a relationship with Jesus: http://peacewithgod.net/