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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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198 Comments

  1. June says:

    Lost my husband and want so badly to know he knows how much I love and miss him. I want to feel a brush of his hand across my face or just have the feeling that he is close to me or knows how much I love him and miss him so badly. Just want to know he is in God’s loving arms.

  2. Joe Little says:

    Once the dead in Christ rise does the soul and spirit unite with that body?

  3. carole madry says:

    The Bible seems contradictory on what happens to the soul after death. I lost my son on May 8, 2017. It would give me a huge comfort to know that he is in heaven right now. He is/was a Christian.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Carole,

      Here is an answer from Billy Graham: My Answer

  4. Dolvis Mayger says:

    I am a Christian and I also believe the spirit will be with Jesus as our body sleeps….. A study and I read the Bible and learn more and more about our Father God and Jesus everyday I don’t think I will ever stop learning about them because I see something you and the verses of the Bible every time I read it…..

  5. cathy says:

    My question is this: Will we remember our earthly life once we are in our heavenly world?

  6. Ann Ratcliffe says:

    Thank you for helping me to have some comfort. Losing my mom has been really hard for me.

  7. Syble W. Livingston says:

    God is a forgiving God. I have never lost my faith. I lost my son Philip Reid Livingston on Mother’s Day May 14, 2017. I know his body lay at rest but his spirit is with Jesus Christ. I pray Reid has everlasting peace in heaven. He believed in Jesus and was baptized and a Christian man. He studied Jesus teachings and never feared death for he knew he would be in heaven with Jesus. He had salvation and the Lord wants us all to have salvation. Praise Him!

    1. Lyntoria Elder says:

      I’m a born again Christian. We’ve all fallen short. For his grace, which has carried me through my journey by holding onto my Faith.♥ Oh how I love Jesus.♥ No one can touch my soul but my heavenly Father. Amen.♥