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By   •   June 19, 2006

Q:

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?


A:

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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117 Comments

  1. Marie Green says:

    Much love Pastor Graham

  2. Donna Jordan says:

    Love you pastor graham

  3. Gregory E. Countee says:

    Like I always say. what you are is God’s Gift to you. And what you become is your Gift to God. He is there when you need him smile! Take care.

  4. George Merl Collins says:

    Praise and glory to our LORD JESUS for we will be home. Amen.

  5. carrie says:

    Most of my family is there. I’m praying for them.

  6. Pamela Taylor says:

    I found this very helpful. This was on my mind.

  7. Peggy dennis says:

    Please pray for me I’m trying to find Jesus in my soul

    1. BGEA says:

      Peggy, you can begin to know Jesus today! We encourage you to visit our site which explains how to start a relationship with Him: http://peacewithgod.net/

  8. Jennifer Rogers says:

    John 3:16

  9. barbara perry says:

    At the time of our death in this world as Christians, are we changed at that time, or do we sleep in the spirit and are changed when Jesus comes back with his angels to raise the dead first and us at the same time?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Barbara,

      This article from Billy Graham may be helpful for you:

    2. BGEA says:

      Hi Barbara,
      This article from Billy Graham may be helpful for you.