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. El says:

    Thank you for your published thoughts and explanations. I have been finding the bible readings more and more understandable, as a result.

  2. Mark Bryant says:

    How about when Christ returns the dead will be the first to arise?

    1. KATHY ROTHWELL says:

      The dead in Christ shall rise first and the ones, that are not dead shall be called up and changed in a twinkling of the eye, and we will be all together to be with the Lord

  3. Suzanne Wilkins says:

    God bless you and your ministry. ..

  4. Hazel Hunter says:

    Thank you so much as my sister and I have lost many through Cancer and as I speak we are watching her husband suffer .He does believe in God and still watches Billy Graham.He sure did answer what I have been chewing on for years because of the scripture saying that when we die we sleep,so that made me think we are in a dark void of nothingness but my dreams said different as my heart but I had to have it confirmed.Your site has helped my sister beyond words and my brother in-law as he knows he’s dying .He has stage 4 cancer with 2 tumors in his lungs ,liver and stomach.He used to be a big man now down to 140.I will try to be my sisters shoulder to pray with and ask the holy spirit to be with us all..God Bless us all and Thanks to the Lord