Life after Death Christianity
Popular Christianity teaches that when we die, we will either go straight to heaven or straight to hell. But is that really what the Bible says? There’s a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about life after death. And in this teaching, I plan to address many of those questions concerning Heaven, Hell, eternal life, and the resurrection of the dead.
I want to make sure we understand what the Bible says about these things, so that we are not deceived by false doctrines. We must be Bulgarians, and study the Scriptures to find out what things are true, and what things are not. If we really want a good understanding of the biblical concept of life, death and the afterlife.
Then we need to start in the beginning, because that’s where we find out how life began, and why we must die. I’m convinced, our understanding of the events in Genesis will shape our understanding of everything else that follows.
Life After Death
The first few chapters of Genesis, explain the origin of life, the cause of death, and the need for salvation. We can see from these chapters how everything was created, how sin enter the world, and what the consequences of sin are.
without a proper understanding of Genesis, we will have difficulty understanding anything else in the Bible. It’s important for us to know how life began, so that we can better understand how life ends. Read to the way the Bible describes the creation of man.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being”
The word translated living being cut off also be translated as living soul. I’m sure that you are very familiar with the story, so will not spend too much time on the details. If you’re not familiar with the story, please take some time to read the first three chapters of Genesis, because it will help you to understand the things that I’m talking about in this in this teaching. After God created Adam and Eve, he gave them very clear instructions about what they were allowed to eat. These instructions came with a warning about what would happen if they disobeyed.
Bible Verses about death
“And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden, you may freely but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil You shall not eat. For in that day that you eat of it, you will surely die”
God clearly said that if we eat of the tree, if you eat of the tree, you will die. The Hebrew word translated here is the word moot. And it means die, perish, ceased to live a corpse dead or destroy. This word speaks of our mortality that we will not live forever, but then our life will eventually come to an end. Now read to the lie that the enemy spoke,
“then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be open, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil”
So who should we believe? God said that when we die but the serpent said, we will not die? You will soon find out that in the study, your belief on this one thing will completely transform your understanding of the after life. The lie is that you will not surely die, you’ll become like God. But the Bible tells us that after they ate of the tree, God placed a curse on Adam,
“then to Adam, he said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you saying, You shall not eat of it. Curses the ground for your sake, and toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life, both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you. And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, For out of it you are taken, for dust you are and to dust you shall return”
We see the same concept and various other scriptures such as Psalm 104:29,
“ You take away their breath, they die and return to the dust”
“For what happens to the sons of men also happens to the animals, one thing befalls them all. As one dies, so dies the other. Surely they all have one breath, man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity, all go to one place, all are from the dust and all returned to the dust”
“Then the dust will return to the earth as it was and a spirit will return to God who gave it”
The enemy says that we will not die. But God said that we will die because of our sin. However, that is not the end of the story. Because we have hope in Jesus, the Bible tells us for the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Facts about Life After Death
This verse is very important, because it explains both the problem and the solution. The problem is that we are all under the curse of sin, we will die. But there is a way for us to have everlasting life. We’re all familiar with the promise of everlasting life that Jesus spoke of saying,
“no one has ascended into heaven, but he who came down from heaven, that is the son of man who is in heaven. And Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
JOHN 3:16 is probably one of the most popular verses in the entire Bible. And the promise of everlasting life is the hope of every believer. But what is everlasting life, and when does it begin? Paul does a great job of explaining it. Read to how he connects all of the pieces from Adam, to the Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:20-23
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man Kane death, by man also came the resurrection of the it. For as an Adam all die, even so in Christ, all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order, Christ, the first fruits, and afterward those who are Christ at His coming”
Because of sin, we all die. But Jesus has provided a way for us to live again, he is going to resurrect us from the dead and give us new life. Jesus was the first one to resurrect. And the Bible tells us that he will resurrect those who belong to Him when He returns, he was the first fruits, and we will be the harvest Jesus it taught that eternal life was granted at the judgment. When the sheep are separated from the goats. This is when the righteous are given everlasting life, and the wicked are given everlasting punishment.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he was set on the throne of his glory, and all the nations will be gathered before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left”
“Then the king will say to those on his right hand, come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then you also say to those on his left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life”
Compare this to john chapter five, when Jesus also said,
“most assuredly, I say to you, He who hears my words, and believes in Him who sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly I say to you, the hours coming and now is when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live”
“ For as the Father has life and himself, so he has granted the son to have life in himself, and has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he, he is the Son of Man, Do not marvel at this for the hours coming in which all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation”
when your show returns, his going to resurrect the dead, and sort them out, separating the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the tears, and giving those who belong to Him, everlasting life, while sending the rest, everlasting punishment.
So we actually see, eternal life begins with the resurrection. When the Jesus returns, the same event was prophesied by Daniel, concerning the end of the tribulation, when Jesus returns, to resurrect the dead and judge the world. Read to what Daniel has to say about this,
What does bible say about death
“And the multitude of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt”
Jesus actually had a lot to say about the resurrection. And he took many opportunities to point it out to those who would read,
What’s happening After Death
one of the most obvious examples is when with his friend Lazarus, when Lazarus died, and he went to racing back to life. Read to the conversation that he had with Martha,
about the resurrection of the dead.
“Jesus said to her, Your brother will rise again. And Martha said to him, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection. At the last day. Jesus said, there I am, the resurrection and the life he who believes in me, though he may die, yet he shall live”
to believe in Jesus, it is to believe in the resurrection. Likewise, to believe in the resurrection, it is to put your faith and Jesus, he is the resurrection, he is the one who gives life.
The apostles understood this, which is why they spent so much time preaching about the resurrection. They knew that it was the most significant thing they could preach. In fact, it was the reason they were persecuted, imprisoned and eventually martyred.
“Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain, the temple, and the sad disease, came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus, the resurrection from the dead”
Later on in Acts, we see that Paul was very clear. When he was on trial, he said that it was because of his testimony concerning the resurrection. But when Paul percent see that one part were sad disease, and the other part Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a fair see the son of a fair see concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged, “
“I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both the just and the unjust”
I do not think I can overstate the importance of the resurrection of the dead. The resurrection of the Jesus was the most important event of His first coming. And the resurrection of the dead, will be the most important event of his return.
Read to how Paul describes it significance. Now, if Christ is preached that he has been raised from the dead, how do some say that there is no resurrection of the dead. But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty, and your faith is also empty.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
“Yes, and we are Found false witness of God, because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ, whom he did not raise, if in fact, the dead, do not rise. forth the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, that your faith is futile, you are still in your sins, then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. In this life only we have hope in Christ. We are all men the most pitiable”
I truly believe that the resurrection is at the very heart of the gospel. If you shoot in our resurrect, then there is no salvation. If we do not resurrect there is no eternal life. Without the resurrection, we die. And that’s the end. If there is no resurrection, according to Paul, our faith is worthless, and we should be most pitiable. Above all people, the entire gospel message hinges on the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:20-23
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as an Adam all die, even so in Christ, all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order, Christ, the first fruits, afterwards, those who are Christ’s at his coming” We see that Paul preached the resurrection to the Greeks and wrote about the resurrection to the Corinthians. He was in prison and eventually killed, because of his teachings about the resurrection. He is so passionate about the resurrection, that he writes these inspiring words, the Philippines,
“Yet Indeed, I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith, that I might know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings being conformed to his death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead”
his great hope and desire is to attain the resurrection of the dead. He didn’t say how he desired to live in heaven. He said, that he wants to attain the resurrection. Jesus talked about the resurrection, his disciples preached about the resurrection. Paul wrote about the resurrection, the apostles were imprisoned because of their testimony concerning the resurrection. everlasting life comes at the resurrection, it seems the entire gospel message is all about the resurrection of the dead. The most significant thing in the Bible is the resurrection, the dead yet popular Christianity teaches that we go to heaven, instead of preaching the resurrection of the dead.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HEAVEN
How does this? Where did this teaching come from? The idea of going to heaven is very popular. We see it in movies, hear about it in songs, read about it in books, and learn about it from the pulpit. But what does the Bible actually say about it? as popular as this doctrine is, one might think there would be a multitude of scriptures to support his belief. But you might be shocked to find out that there’s not a single verse in the entire Bible that promises we go to heaven.
Let me say that again. God never promised we will go to heaven. Many people are familiar with what john 3:16 says, but few seems, are aware of what john 3:13 says,
“No one has ascended into heaven, but he who came down from heaven, that is the son of man who is in heaven”
Our Jesus clearly tells us that He is the only person who has ever ascended into heaven. is it possible that the majority is wrong about heaven? Is it possible that we have been taught a lie about going to heaven?
I truly believe this might be one of the biggest lies we’ve been told. Because it undermines the most important thing that the Jesus will do, namely, the great resurrection to everlasting life. This is actually the lie that the serpent told Eve in the garden, when he said you will not surely die.
It is the idea that we continue living in heaven, even after our body dies. The lie says that our body, our body dies, but our soul continues living in heaven eternally. But that is not biblical. The Bible says because of sin, we will die. And without the resurrection, we remain dead in our sins. Let’s examine what the Bible tells us about some of the people who have gone before us to see if any of them have gone to heaven.
read to what Peter says about King David
“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you about the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried and with us in his tomb To this day, for day if it did not ascend into the heavens”
if anyone was going to ascend into heaven surely King David would be on the list. After all, he was a man after God’s own heart. Yet Peter clearly tells us that he did not go to heaven, but is in fact still dead and buried in his to. This should already raised some serious questions about the popular doctrine of heaven.
Some people claim that Jesus was the first to ascend into heaven. And when he ascended, he took others with him. However, notice that Peter gave this message after the issue is ascended into heaven and he boldly claims that David is not in heaven. The book of Hebrews also provides us with a long list of names of people who are credited as great men and women of faith, who have not yet received the promise. The list of names includes people such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. And it tells us
“these all died in the faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were assured of them, embrace them and confess them, that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. And all these having obtained a good testimony through faith did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect, apart from us”
That last phrase that they should not be made perfect apart from us, it is such an amazing hope for us to know that those who have lived before us are waiting for us, and will not be made perfect. And then we will be made perfect together that they won’t be made perfect without us. They did they did not get a head start on the afterlife. We will all be raised up together when Jesus returns.
The Bible is very clear about death and resurrection. So why do so many people believe that we will go there? people fear death. And the idea of continuing to live in heaven is very attractive and popular. In fact, it is taught by most pagan religions.
The Egyptians believed that when they died, they would go to be with their gods, they worship the God of the dead. In fact, their sacred text was called the Book of the Dead. The Greeks and Romans believed the same way. That is why they were so surprised when they heard Paul preaching about the resurrection. Read to what the Bible says.
“Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him and some said, what does this Babel or want to say? Other said, he seems to be at Proclaimers of foreign gods, because he preached to them, Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to era pagan, saying, may we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak for you’re bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore, we want to know what these things mean. And when they had heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said we will hear you again on this matter”
The Greeks believed that when you die, your soul goes to heaven or hell. And the idea of resurrection was totally foreign to them. So when Paul spoke about the resurrection, they were curious to find out more about it. The resurrection is what makes Christianity unique. Nearly all other religions teach heaven or reincarnation. But the Bible teaches everlasting life through the resurrection of the dead. Sadly, Western Christianity has actually developed the doctrine of heaven, based on Greek philosophy and theology.
the writings of Plato have been so influential in Christian thought, and seminaries that seminary students are often required to read from his writings, along with various other Greek philosophers.
As stated earlier, it was common among pagans to believe that your soul goes to heaven to be with your God. This is because they worship the God of the dead. But Jesus explains that we worship the God of the living,
“but concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God saying, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living”
Jesus was talking about the resurrection of the dead, He is the God of the living because we will rise up and he will give us everlasting life. Once you understand this, you will start to notice that everything points to the resurrection and nothing points to are going to heaven.
The Bible never promises that we will go to heaven, but we are promised the resurrection and everlasting life. It’s important to note that in the second century, it was considered a heresy to claim that we go to heaven when we die. One person who had a major influence on concerning the belief that we go to heaven, at death is the heretic, Marcin, he was considered heretic be by all of the early Christians. And this is what certainly had to say about it concerning heaven. And the resurrection,
“for Marcin does not in any wise admit the resurrection of the flesh. And it is only the salvation of the soul, which he promises”-(Tertullian, Against Marcion, Book v, chapter 10)
Marcin was proclaiming eternal life in heaven, and did not teach the resurrection of the dead. How is it that this heresy of Marcin has become the mainstream doctrine of the Church today? Nearly everyone preaches about heaven, and almost no one is preaching the resurrection.
Read to what the early Christian theologian Justin Martyr had to say concerning the subject.
“For I choose to follow not men or men’s doctrines, but God and the doctrines delivered by him. For if you have fallen in with some who are called Christians, but who do not admit to this truth, and venture to blaspheme the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, who say there is no resurrection of the dead, that their souls when they die are taken to heaven. Do not imagine that they are Christians. But I and others who are right minded Christians on all points are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead”-(Justin Martyr. Dialogue with Trypho. Chapter 80)
Do not imagine that they are Christians. Wow. Those are some very bold words, and is obvious that the early believers did not believe our soul goes to heaven, a death. And it was actually considered by them to be blasphemy. And I’m convinced that is one of the greatest lies Satan has, has committed the church of. He has distracted us from the truth and the power of the resurrection, with fables about going to heaven.
I know you’re probably already thinking of common objections like, what about Elijah or the thief on the cross, or Lazarus and Abraham’s bosom? Those questions are actually quite simple to explain. And I will address them each at the end of this teaching. But at this point, I want to transition into the topic of how we have all heard sermons about how sinners will burn in hell for it eternity, but the righteous will go to heaven. But we’ve already discussed how unbiblical the doctrine of Heaven is. So perhaps we should, we should also examine what the Bible says about hell.
What did our Jesus teach about hell, and do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. It’s obvious from this verse that the Jesus taught there is a place of destruction. And notice that the soul is destroyed and Gahanna, many people teach that the wicked are tortured eternally in hell. But that implies that the soul is eternal, and must continue to exist forever.
However, the words of Jesus indicate that the soul is destroyed. Again, let’s compare this with other verses to speak about Gahanna.
“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish net for your whole body to be cast into Hell. If your right hand causes descend, cut it off and cast it from you. For it is more profitable for you that one, one of your members perish, then your whole body to be cast into hell”
It is obvious that your hand is a very real place, and is it is not someplace that we want to go. Jesus makes it very clear that we should do whatever it takes to stop sinning, even going to extreme measures. Because it’s better to lose a hand or an eye, then is to perish. And go Hell. This is such an important message that he repeats it again in Matthew 18.
But this time you mentioned fire, read to what he says.
“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed rather than having two hands or two feet, and it be cast into everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes and be cast into hell fire”
there are some teachers who say there is no hell or fire or punishment or judgment. They teach that a loving God would not send anyone down. However, that is not what the Bible says. That’s not what Jesus says. We just read the Jesus, his own words, describing Hell is a place of fire and punishment, a place that we should do our very best to avoid at all costs. The Book of Revelation also talks about this fiery death, and also gives us very clear timeframe. For when these things will happen.
“Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who works signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worship His image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone”
“The devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night, forever and ever”
“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire”
It is very clear that no one is cast into the lake of fire until after Jesus returns, and the first to be cast into the lake of fire or the beast and the false prophet, next to Satan himself, then death. And lastly, those whose names were not written in the Book of Life, the Bible is clear that there is a place of fire punishment and destruction.
And it is equally clear that we do not want to be among those who go there. Here are a few of the most common objections concerning this teaching. I hope this will help you better understand what the Bible says concerning these things. Did Elijah go to heaven?
2 King 2:11
“Then it happened as they continued on and talk that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses a fire and separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven”
It is a common teaching that Elijah went into heaven in a chariot of fire, but which happened did enter. The Bible actually talks about three different heavens. It mentions the birds Heaven, referring to the sky, it talks about the sun, moon and stars and heaven, referring to the solar system and the universe. And it also speaks of the highest heaven, the dwelling place of the Almighty. Did Elijah actually enter into the highest heaven? Or was he simply carried up into the sky? Remember that Jesus said,
“No one has ascended into heaven, but he who came down from heaven, that is the son of man who is in heaven”
Many people are not aware of the fact that Elijah wrote a letter to King your horn approximately 10 years after his chariot ride, which means he was still on Earth at that time. This letter is recorded in Second Chronicles 21.
1 Chronicles 21:12
“And a letter came to him from Elijah the Prophet saying, Thus says the Lord God of your father David, because you have not walked in the ways of Joseph that your father,
or in the ways of a set king of Judah”
This letter proves that Elijah was not taken to the highest heaven, but was simply taken into the sky, it transported to another location on earth, where he lived out the remainder of his life and eventually died like everyone else. Elijah, still waiting for the resurrection. He has not received the promise. So what about Lazarus and Abraham’s bosom,
“there was a rich, there was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine land, and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of stores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So when it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom, the rich man also died and was and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom”
The first thing we need to notice the Bible never describes heaven as Abraham’s bosom. Yet for some reason people think that this story is speaking about heaven. according to Jewish religion, there is, there are actually compartments and shield or hell in the Greek, and the righteous go to be with Abraham, while the wicked are tormented. Also notice that the story is speaking about Hades, but some translated as hell. But we saw earlier that the place of fiery tournament was actually called Gehenna.
Now at this mistranslation of Hades has been one of the reasons why so many people think the story is about heaven and hell, when it is actually saying that both the rich man and Lazarus went to Hades, the place of the dead. Lazarus was in the compartment of Abraham where are the rich man was elsewhere. If you continue reading to the end of the story, you will see that it actually brings us to the topic of the resurrection.
Abraham said to him “they have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them. And he said, No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent. But he said to him if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead”
We know that this was actually prophetic about the Jesus who rose from the dead, yet, there were many who still refused to believe.
What about the thief on the cross?
“Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom? And Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you, today, you will be with me in paradise”
Many people believe that this verse proves that the thief went to heaven with Jesus that day, we need to realize three very important things when we look at this verse. There are no commas in the original Greek text. They are all added by translators, punctuation can make a huge difference in how we understand a text. If the comments place in a different location. It might say something like this, assuredly I say to you, today, you will be with me in paradise.
Do you see the difference? by moving the comma it becomes today I tell you, instead of today, you will be. Also notice that it says paradise, not heaven. These are two very different Greek words. paradise refers to the garden, while heaven refers to the sky, the universe or the throne of God.
However, if we look at the context of this verse, it becomes clear what paradise actually is.
According to Luke 23:42-43, The thief said, “Remember me when you come into your Kingdom, and Jesus assures him you will be with me in Paradise. It’s the kingdom that he’s calling paradise. However, the most important thing to consider Jesus was not in heaven, the day he died, he died and was buried for three days. And he rose from the dead on the third day, and had not yet ascended to heaven. Remember that he told Mary, do not touch me because I have not yet to send it to my father. So if Jesus had not yet ascended into heaven, then it is impossible for the thief to been with him the day he died, because Jesus wasn’t in heaven.
In summary, the Bible tells us we will all die because our sin, but God has provided a way for us to live in eternally through the death and resurrection of Jesus. If we believe in Him, we will have everlasting life. But if we do not believe we are, we stand condemned already.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord”