posted on Nov, 12 2006 @ 12:02 AM
The Bible is quite clear on what happens after we die-it's the medieval misinformation that has muddied the waters. "The soul that sinneth, it shall
die". "The wages of sin is death" (cessation of life-not life in eternal torment). The old Testament word translated "hell" is sheol (or
hades). It literally means a "grave" or "pit". In old English "helling" potatoes just meant putting them in pits. Helling a house meant
thatching or covering it.
There is no afterLIFE (in heaven or hell). Satan is still using his first lie to humans: "Thou shall not surely die..." and humans are believing
it. When you die, you're dead. There's no consciousness, regret, joy, etc. "There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave
(sheol), whither thou goest"; "in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave (sheol) who shall give thee thanks"; "the grave (sheol)
can not praise thee; death cannot celebrate thee" (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Psalms 6:5; Isaiah 38:18) "The dead know not anything"; "the dead praise
not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence"; "his sons come to honor and he knoweth it not, and they are brought low but he perceiveth it
not of them". Abraham and Israel in sheol are "ignorant of us". (Eccl. 9:5; Psalms 115:17; Job 14:21; Isa. 63:16) The soul is not eternal or
immortal-it CAN die or be destroyed.
Satan has deceived many into believing that the dead are not really dead, but that at death they live on, and, without waiting for the resurrection
day, go directly into heaven or into eternal torment which is in contradiction to God's word. If the penalty for sin had been eternal torment, Jesus
would be suffering an eternity of torment to pay our debt. The Bible says "the man Christ Jesus gave himself a ransom (a corresponding price) for
all (Adam and his race), to be testified in due time" (1Timothy 2:4-6). Since the wages of sin is death (cessation of any sort of life), "Christ
died for our sins," He tasted death for every man; and He "was raised from the dead".
The good news is that eventually "all that are in the graves shall hear his (Jesus') voice and shall come forth" (John 5:28-29); when sheol or
hades delivers up all who "sleep" ( a biblical term used to refer to the dead-good and bad), sheol (hades) will cease to exist forever. "oh grave
(sheol) I will be thy destruction". None can come forth until Jesus calls them in the resurrection awakening at His second advent when the apostle
Paul and others receive their crowns of life and rewards.
God's justice forbids His exacting a greater penalty than the one He declared-death. He told Israel that torturing children with fire in Molech
worship was an abomination which never came into His mind. (see Leviticus 18:21; 20:2-5; Jeremiah 19:5; 32:34, 35) "Shall mortal man be more pure
than his maker? Far be it from God that he should do wickedness" (Job 4:17; 34:10) Even mortal man wouldn't think of torturing a living thing in
fire (unless they were totally psychotic).
As for heaven the bible says "No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven". (John 3:13; Acts 2:34)
According to the Bible, after death we don't LIVE ON as "pure energy", "re-incarnated souls", etc. When we die we don't LIVE in any way, shape
There will be a resurrection of all souls good and bad during which time we will all have the opportunity (and duty) to learn how we are supposed to
live. "Judgment", in Biblical terms, is not just a sentencing but a time of trial, reprimand, proving. There are many who have died without so
much as ever hearing the name of Jesus. They will be given a chance. Only the fully informed who remain willfully disobedient will "taste of the
second death". Like Satan and his fallen followers, if those resurrected ones still refuse to obey the Father's will, they will cease to exist. It
will be as though they never were. It is both a merciful and just judgment.