By   •   June 19, 2006


Where does our soul go when we die if we are believers? Does it go into some kind of sleep until the last judgment, or does it go immediately to heaven?


My own study of the Bible has convinced me that our souls or spirits go immediately into the presence of God when we die. The Apostle Paul wrote that those of us who are Christians “would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Although the Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about life after death, it clearly tells us that we can look forward to heaven’s joys when we die, if we know Christ. Shortly before His death and resurrection, Jesus told His disciples, “I am going there to prepare a place for you … that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3). The Bible also says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The most important truth I can tell you about heaven, however, is that we will be with God, and nothing evil or harmful will ever touch us again. In heaven, God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Why would anyone not want to go there?

All this is possible because Jesus Christ took upon Himself the death and judgment we deserve when He died on the cross for us. And by rising from the dead, He showed that He has conquered death and Hell and Satan forever. Is your faith and trust in Him for your salvation? If not, commit your life to Him today.

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  1. Jan P. says:

    To Peter: Only God knows your father’s heart condition at his time of death. God is not willing that any man should perish. We cannot fathom His love for us and who’s to say God didn’t somehow reach across to your Dad in his dying moments?
    To Dan: Sorry about your recent loss, and it is such a faith builder to witness a father’s home going when they are solid in their faith. The last conversation with my Dad was when he was dying and he was miles away and I was very ill and having a phone conversation with him. He quoted 2 Timothy 2:13…if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
    Be encouraged in the faith. We all struggle, and the Lord knows who are his. He will not disown us.

  2. Peter says:

    My Dad was the first to die in our family but was not a believer…sadly…

  3. Charles E. Miller, Jr., MAR says:

    Dr. Graham is correct. When our bodies die, our spirits go to Jesus if we accept Him. At the Second Coming of our Lord, our spirits reenter our bodies and they shall be raised to live forever. Remember Stephan when he died? His spirit left has body to be with Jesus until the Second Advent and his body was the only part of him that went to sleep.

  4. Dan Wilson says:

    My father died a week ago Monday. He became a Christian in 1969 after watching a Billy Graham t.v. broadcast. My father was not afraid at all. I let him know how proud I was of him; I am a Christian, but my faith has holes in it, because I worry for my father. I didn’t know my faith was weak. I discovered it during the illness. If my faith was like my father’s, I would not worry, but would rejoice for him. Hence, I find myself here, hoping to find words of comfort; words that will help me have the faith of my father.

  5. Dr. Annie says:

    Everyone should want to be with The Lord! Let nothing separate us from the love of God!

  6. thabo says:

    i commit myself to jesus christ today