If you're a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, your soul goes to heaven after you die. But, if you reject God's free gift of salvation & do not accept Jesus as your Lord & Savior, then your soul goes to hell after you die. Your physical body rots & turns back to dust.
I'm a Roman Catholic. But I believe that we either go to heaven, if we deserve it, hell, or, if we really want to do something we didn't get to do in this life, if we ask God he might let us be reincarnated. Do you think I'll get puragtory for taht?
The Bible tells us quite plainly that man does not have a million lives. He does not even have two lives. "...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment..." (Heb. 9:27) Men die only once, not many times. And after death comes judgment, not rebirth. No matter how popular it may be to believe in reincarnation, there is no possible way to reconcile this pagan teaching with the words of Scripture. http://www.rj- anderson.com/docs/reincarnation.html
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No one knows. We do not know, we cannot say, whether death is a wall or a door; the beginning or end; the spreading of pinions to soar, or the folding forever of wings; the rise or the set of a sun, or an endless life that brings the rapture of hate of peace of love to everyone.
So, don`t let your imagination be decided for you upon authority and impositions. If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, we have no reason to trust it to tell us where we're going!
Note what the Bible says at Ecclesiastes chapter 9 and verse 5 where it says in the beginning of the verse: "For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all"
Notice that it draws a contrast between the living and the dead. The living are conscious that they will die, but the dead are not conscious of anything. Thus, the Bible is revealing the condition of the dead. Later, when on earth Jesus used this as a teaching point when talking to his disciples. He also revealed to them that soon he would bring and end to death and restore to life many who now sleep in death.
I believe what I have learned from the Bible in many texts, like Ecclesiastes 9:5,6 which states: "For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten. Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore to time indefinite in anything that has to be done under the sun." What I understand from these verses is that when we die it is like we are in deep sleep. We are completely unaware of our surroundings, our last memory is from the last moment that we were awake. However, the Bible gives us hope for the future in John 5:28,29: "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment." In these two verses, Jesus was letting us all know that God promises a resurrection of good and bad people.
After one dies - one is totally unaware of anything - it is as if one is in a deep sleep. - Ecclesiastes 9:5. Despite some teaching - when one is asleep - they are unaware of any events going on around them. The Bible also speak of a time when death will be no more. (Revelation 21:4)
When a person dies, he ceases to exist. Death is the opposite of life. The dead do not see or hear or think. Not even one part of us survives the death of the body. We do not possess an immortal soul or spirit.
Similarly, Psalm 146:4 says that when a man dies, “his thoughts do perish.” We are mortal and do not survive the death of our body. The life we enjoy is like the flame of a candle. When the flame is put out, it does not go anywhere. It is simply gone.
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I think it's going to be like before we were born. Meaning; nothing happens. The idea of reincarnation is awesome, but it is illogical. The same goes for the whole Heaven and Hell idea. But i don't fear death, because I won't be aware of myself being dead, when I'm actually dead. So I just try to live a good life, and do the things I want.
I believe that our souls go to what most people consider to be Heaven, I call it The Other Side! When you get to the other side, you go through a form of "processing", in which you and your guides go over what you accomplished while you were living, according to the plan you put together before you incarnated. After that I think you go to work, taking care of business on the other side! I definitely believe in reincarnation.
In God's Word, The Bible, he explains the condition of the dead. It's clear teaching is this: when a person dies, he ceases to exist. Death is the opposite of life. The dead do not see or hear or think. Not even one part of us survives the death of the body. We do not possess an immortal soul or spirit.
After King Solomon observed that the living know that they will die, he wrote: "As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all." He then enlarged on the basic truth by saying that the dead can neither love nor hate and that "there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave." - Ecclesiastes 9: 5, 6, 10
Similarly, Psalm 146: 4 says that when a man dies, "his thoughts do perish."
God's Word the Bible does teach of a real hope for our loved ones who have died. John 11: 39-44, Job 14: 13-15, John 5: 28, 29
(Information above quoted from "What does the Bible Really Teach?" - Published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society)
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When a person dies, they cannot think beyond their moment of death so their last thoughts are their "eternity". People have been dying for thousands of years and there have been many different belief systems. A person's last thoughts will be based on that person's upbringing, their society, religion, etc. During those last moments, a person judges themselves according to their beliefs thus defining their "eternity". American Indians: Happy Hunting Grounds, Vikings: Valhalla, Christians: Saint Peter and the Gates of Heaven, etc, and being with their loved ones that have died before. If a person judges themselves as not living up to the morals of their society or religion, they will visualize what they believe is Hell and that will be their last thoughts for "eternity". If the person's death is painful and their brain is unable to shut down cleanly, that person's "eternity" may be quite painful regardless of the life they had led. A person's death should be as peaceful as possible. Finally, I believe it also applies to all life, especially animals; ex: a favorite pet that is old or very sick or badly injured. So, think about this when you see a person or an animal being abused.
According to the bible, once a person dies all his/her thoughts cease until we are resurrected.
(Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6) “For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten. Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore to time indefinite in anything that has to be done under the sun."
After a certain period of time there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous.
(Acts 24: 15) “And I have hope toward God, which hope these [men] themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both righteous and the unrighteous.”
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As a Christian, I believe truths found in the Bible. There are many scriptures that shed light on this matter. I'd like to share four with you. The Bible makes clear that God didn't originally intend for humans to die. But Romans 5: 12 says "...as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin, and thus, death spread to all men because they had all sinned-" this is the reason we die. Also, what you stated,"...we just hang out for awhile..." is correct, but in a different sense. Eccl 9:5, 6 says "...as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages... Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore to time indefinite in anything that has to be done under the sun." And what Genesis 3: 19 says "For dust you are and to dust you will return", shows that when we die, we return back to that from which we came. But is that all? No. John 5: 28, 29 says "...all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment." These are truths that are set in my heart.
I'm a Christian so I believe that we will all go before God on Judgment Day, and either go to Heaven or Hell depending on if we really truly believe in Him and give our life to Him. Those who rejected God spend eternity in Hell.
you will either go to the spirit world or spirit prison depending on if u have accepted the true gospel... then after the resurrection you will be judged on how you havelived your life on earth. you will either go into the celestial, telestial, or terrestial kingdom. :)
Ecclesiastes 9:5,6 though says, "For the living are conscience that they will die, but as for the dead, they are conscience of NOTHING at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten. Also, their love, and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore to time indefinite in anything that has to be done under the sun." So it says here when we die, we are conscience of nothing. It did not say anything about going to heaven or hell. Also, Psalms 37:10,11, 29 says,"And just a little while and the wicked one will be no more... but the meek ones themselves will possess the earth and they will indeed fine their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside FOREVER upon it."