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Is there life after death?....  Let's tell you what happens

What happens after death is a vital piece of knowledge 

At death, what happens to your body, soul and spirit?

Is there a destination for people after death?


Human beings are firstly spiritual beings, who have a soul and live in a body. Whilst all parts of a human being are important, the soul is immortal (lives forever).

These three parts of human beings are mentioned in the Bible. More explanation on that in other places.

1st Thessalonians 15:22-23. "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Here is what happens to all three parts of the human being at the time of death.

1. The body goes to the grave (or is cremated). The Bible says in Gen 3:19,...In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return...

2. The spirit goes back to God who gave it.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 12:7,...Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it....

The Bible says in in James 2:26, ...the body without the spirit is dead... (meaning that we die when the spirit leaves us)

3. The soul goes to heaven or hell, depending on what decision was made about Christ, whilst the person was alive

(Acts 24:15) "I have hope in God, ....that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust". 

So, all souls are resurrected, but only some go to heaven.

(John 5:29 ) " ....those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation".

This means that those people who have known Jesus Christ whilst they were alive, will be resurrected into newness of life - others into condemnation.

(2 Cor 5:10-14 ) "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad".

All are judged.

(Mat 25:46 ) "And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life".

Those who do not know Christ before death, go to hell and all others will live forever.

So, in summary, believers in Jesus Christ go to heaven to be with Him.

Others await the Judgement Day. 

How many lives do we have?

Has anyone escape death, or will anyone escape death?


Question  How many lives do we have?

Answer   Man lives once only! All men and women are to die just once.

(Heb 9:27 ) "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment". (Beliefs like reincarnation are false and are meant to mislead people into wrong beliefs so they do not find the truth through Jesus Christ).

However, three people are known to have escaped normal earthly death. The Bible tells us that three people did escape death, because God took them to Himself in heaven. These were all special cases. The three were Enoch in Genesis 5:24, Elijah in 2 Kings 2:11 and Jesus Christ in Acts 1:9-11. The details are given in file now25.html

Somewhere in the not too distant future, life on earth will end another way. All true believers in Jesus Christ will be taken from the earth in an event called the rapture. This event can happen at any time. Believers alive at the time of the rapture will not die a physical death on earth. More details given in file now25.html

So, believers who are alive at the time of the rapture will be taken to the safety of heaven just as Enoch, Elijah and Jesus were taken.

Those believers who are already dead at the time of the rapture will be taken to the safety of heaven.

Unbelievers who are alive at the time of the rapture will remain on earth to face the greatest time of tribulation on earth that has ever been experienced.

Those unbelievers who are already dead at the time of the rapture will await a time of judgement and punishment at a later time. 

Who gives human beings life? Where does life come from?

God alone gives life. He gives us a body in which our soul and spirit dwell.

God is not only the originator of the life of all people, but it is written of the process of forming the human being that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Not only that but because of Him, we are able to live and move - because we are the offspring of God Himself. These three verses indicate those things.

(Gen 2:7 ) "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".

(Psa 139:14 NKJV) "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well".

(Acts 17:28 ) "for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring".

So, we owe our life to the creator God who created all things. But human being are the crown of His creation. 

Does God like us dying?

No God does not! God has no pleasure in seeing people die who do not know Him (through Jesus Christ) God's own words say that.

(Ezek 33:11) "As I live, says the Lord GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways".

Ezekiel 18:23 "Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the Lord GOD, "and not that he should turn from his ways and live"?

And the reason is simple. God provided a way by which every person could go to heaven. Here is the most famous verse in all the Bible which says exactly that.

John 3:16-17 "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".

God sent Jesus into the world, not that He might condemn it, but that He might save all those who lived on earth. The next verse says exactly that.

John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved".

God sees the death of believers in Him (through Jesus Christ) as precious. He actually says so.

Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints".

So, God sees as precious those who die and go to heaven but takes no pleasure at all in those who die without knowing Him through Jesus Christ. 

What does the Bible say about the difference between going to heaven or going to hell?


The Bible teaches that if we have been granted eternal (or everlasting ) life then we go to heaven to live with God forever.

However, there are conditions. The condition for eternal life is that we believe in Jesus and what He has done. Here are two verses that explain that.

John 17:3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent".

John 3:15 "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life".

However, notice the alternative - those who do not believe (perish) in the verse above and in the verse below have the wrath of God abiding on them.

John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him".

The next two verses describe the speed with which this will all happen, and the nature of the suffering.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 "For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape".

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 "....when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power".

This last verse summarizes the difference between going to heaven and going to hell.

Daniel 12:2 "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt". 

Finally, this parable that Jesus told, tells the story of two people, one who went to heaven and one who went to hell - and did not like it.

A vital parable! (Luke 16:19-31 NKJV) "There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, 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 it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.

And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'

"Then he said, "I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, 'for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' "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 rise from the dead".

From this we can see that:

1 There is a great gulf fixed between heaven and hell and no one can pass from one to the other.

2 The rich man who happened to go to hell, was living in torment and wanted to switch to heaven, but found it was impossible. (in themselves, riches do not predestine anyone to hell, any more than being poor means going to heaven).

3 Lazarus is in heaven with Abraham.

4 Abraham tells the rich man that he received all he was worth during his life on earth. He probably cared little for the poor. Lazarus, on the other hand, who did not receive much during his lifetime, apparently loved God, because he was taken to heaven when he died.

5 The choice between loving God and going to heaven compared with not loving God and going to hell must be made whilst we are alive here on earth. No switch is possible after death.

Can it be any clearer? 

God loves what is right and will do everything possible to save us, consistent with justice.

But He will not do anything inconsistent with justice, because there is something more terrible than sinners going to hell, and that is a God who is no longer committed to justice.

To say that God should not punish sin is to ask Him to say that sin does not matter. It is to ask Him to say that holiness does not matter.

It is to ask Him to no longer be committed to justice. It is to ask Him to no longer be committed to right or wrong. It is to ask Him to become an evil God, like Satan, not committed to what is right and just.

So, God has to differentiate between good and evil, right and wrong, heaven and hell.

So please consider! 

How can I be sure of going to heaven? What is salvation?

Follow what the Bible says about salvation

(John 3:16 ) "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".

(1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 ) " turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

(John 3:36) "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him".

Notice that the above verses say. In simple terms, believing in Jesus Christ gets you into heaven. It involves turning away from other things in life, instead of the opposite, of not believing and having God's wrath abide on you, which is another way of saying you are not in heaven but in hell for all eternity.  

Is salvation simple? Yes, although it is also profound

Notice the important elements of these next verses.

A verbal calling out to God to save us.

Repenting, which means turning away from your previous life and following Jesus Christ.

(Acts 2:21) "...whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved".

(Acts 2:38 ) "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit".

Finally, notice the difference between the attitudes of the two thieves who died on a cross beside Jesus. One of them trusted Jesus that He could take him into His kingdom when he died, but the other, just wanted to save his own life from dying on the cross. The first dealt with eternal things, the other, just with the immediate things of life on earth.

(Luke 23:39-43 ) "Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." 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".

In these two criminals we are all represented. Which one will you be?

More details are given about salvation elsewhere - so read on