Where do we go when we die?

The scriptures are very clear on this subject. Christ, the apostles and prophets taught that when a person dies they are asleep in a state of inactivity in their grave until the time of resurrection. (See Ecclesiastes 3:18-20, Acts 24:15, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23.)

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0 #3 Where do we go when we die?Guest 2014-07-22 02:20
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0 #2 RE: Where do we go when we die?Bible Research - BAK 2012-03-25 17:46
Great question Randbiy-

I have included all the scriptures from the story of the robber who had died with Christ from Luke chapter 23 below.

Christ said to him "today shall though be with me in paradise". We believe he was refering to this man's resurrection into the kingdom of God which would occur over 2,000 years after the time of Jesus's death. After this man would die his next waking moment would be at his resurrection. He is sleeping at this moment. Also note that Jesus could not be refering to meeting him in heaven on the day of their death. Jesus was yet to spend 3 days and 3 nights in his grave and Jesus would be appear to his disciples for 40 more days before ascending to heaven, so he could not possibly be with this man on that day. He would however be there once this man wakes up into the kingdom of God.

We believe Jesus Christ said "this day" because of this man's heart and understanding. On that day he was considered one who would be with Christ forever.

There are many other scriptures that talk about sleeping until resurrection. Using all scriptures we can conclude what Jesus was refering to. Check out some of our other bible studies online that could help understand this subject better, "Death and Resurrection" "What is Hell?" and "Soul and Spirit".

Thanks for the great question.
-Bible Research

39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

44And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

46And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
+1 #1 RE: Where do we go when we die?Randbiy 2012-03-23 16:23
I thought then, the spirit wakes and either goes to Heaven to be with Jesus or to hell? When Jesus was dying on the cross, the robber beside him found faith and asked for forgiveness. Jesus told him that day that'll he'll be in paradise (Eden) with him. Only the body &/or soul stays asleep until the resurrection when we take on our new bodies. Our spirits, for believers, go to be with the Lord, & for unbelievers & non-repenters, they go to hell, hades, somewhere. The verses you mentioned above doesn't say anything about the spirit sleeping. As being alive on earth as we speak, our spirits are dead, yet made alive in Christ. Not to stir up conflict, but this is what i believe the Bible is telling us.

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