What happens to people when they die? Where do they go ? Are they in heaven or hell? Let's try to answer these questions by looking to see what the Bible says!
God made us from dust. Genesis 2:7 says: " And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,and breathed into man the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul." Our body will return to dust when we die.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 says : " Then shall the dust return to earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." What is the spirit that returns to God? It is the breath of life that God gives us!
James 2:26 " For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
Job 27:3 " All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils." The spirit is the breath of life. We cannot live without that breath that God gives us. The spirit does not have any life, wisdom , or feelings after a person dies. Body + Breath = Life. Without either one there can't be life!
Do people go to heaven when they die? There will be people in their graves when Jesus comes again! John 5:28,29 says: " All that are in their graves shall hear his voice , And shall come forth."
Acts 2:29, 34 says:
" David is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." "For David is not ascended into the heavens." People do not go anywhere after they die. The "sleep" in their graves waiting for Jesus to come again.
Do people know anything after death? Ecclesiastes 9:5 says : " For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they anymore reward, for the memory of them is forgotten." Psalms 115:17 says : " The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence."
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