What Happens After Death?

What Happens After Death?

Paradise, Reincarnation, Spirit, Heaven, Ghost, Hell, Angels. These ideas can't all be right!

Our free study guide will help you understand what the Bible says happens to your loved ones after they die.  It may surprise you, and at the same time, give you peace and encouragement.

Find out:

  • —whether human beings have an immortal soul
  • —if after-death experiences are real
  • —whether the wicked burn forever in hell fire
  • —how to cope with grief
  • —what the Bible really promises

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the encouraging and awesome truth that so few care to understand.

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Introduction - What Happens After Death?

Life is precious to us. We don't want to die. But what really happens to us after death?

The Wondrous Gift of Life

To understand death, we must first consider life. Where did life come from? Why are we here? What is our purpose? Are human beings any different from other living things?

The Mystery of Death

Death is one of life's greatest mysteries. Do we really die, or do we have a soul that lives on apart from the body?

Do Some Bible Verses Teach That We Have an Immortal Soul?

Some believe that various scriptures support belief in an immortal soul. Let's consider some of these passages and understand what they really say.

The History of the Immortal-Soul Teaching

Despite widespread use of the phrase immortal soul, this terminology is found nowhere in the Bible. Where did the idea of an immortal soul originate?

God's Plan of Redemption

The temporary existence that ends in death is not God's original purpose for mankind.

The Promise of Life After Death

God's Word provides assurance of life after death—though not in a heavenly afterlife as thought by so many!

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Ancient Pagan Belief in Heaven

The idea that souls go to heaven at death originated in pagan religion, not the Bible.

Words of Encouragement

Adjusting to the loss and loneliness caused by death takes time, we need to remember that even this most extreme experience does not separate us or our loved ones from God's plan or His love.

What About Reported Life-After-Death Experiences?

Is life after death experiences possible?

Are There Saved Human Beings in Heaven?

Have any human beings ever ascended to heaven?

Did Paul Expect to be conscious in Heaven Right After Dying?

Many have assumed from Paul's words here that he believed that at the moment of his death his consciousness would leave his body to join Christ in heaven. But is this the case?

How Eternal Life Will Ultimately Be Offered to All

What happens to those who, simply because of when and where they were born, never had an opportunity to hear of Jesus Christ and God's Word? Are they doomed to eternal torment? What exactly does the Bible teach about hell?

The Biblical View of 'Hell'

Is eternity in an ever-burning inferno the fate of the wicked? Many assume that it is, but is that what the Bible says?

Will the Torment of the Wicked Last Forever?

Rather than describing eternal torment of people in hell, from the context we see that this passage is actually describing specific events to take place on earth at the end of this age.

Are the Wicked Punished in an Ever-Burning Hell?

Did Jesus here warn of unending suffering in hellfire?

Are Some Tortured Forever in a Lake of Fire?

Any human being thrown into the lake of fire will be destroyed and will not be tormented for eternity.

Lazarus and the Rich Man: Proof of Heaven and Hell?

Many interpret one of Jesus' parables to mean that people have immortal souls that go to heaven or hell immediately at death. But does this parable really say that?

Steps in Dealing With Grief

We all have to cope with the loss caused by death. How can we deal with our grief and help others who are grieving?

How Can We Help Those Who Are Grieving?

Here are a few practical ways we can help friends and loved ones who are grieving.

Everlasting Life Conquers Death

Through a resurrection of the dead, God promises to reunite us with loved ones and offer eternal life to all.

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