Explanation of “Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:8

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. This phrase is commonly used to teach that at death a Christian transcends this world to be with Jesus in a bodiless state. But a bodiless state is definitely not what Paul … Continue reading Explanation of “Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:8

Demystify the Meaning of Sheol and Hades in the Bible

Introduction In our English bibles Sheol (Hebrew) and Hades (Greek) are seen as only something physical. However that is not how the Jews understood these terms. Christians today use words like hell, Hades, Sheol and Gehenna interchangeably but they are not the same. This post will address the difference between Sheol and Hades as they … Continue reading Demystify the Meaning of Sheol and Hades in the Bible

Greek Philosophy’s Impact on our Understanding of Death

Much has been written on the subject of death, primarily because so many Christians have been led to believe that we don't really die but go on to live with Jesus in Heaven. In John W. Schoenheit's book "The Christian's Hope,*" chapter 7, The Origin of Orthodoxy he says, The vast majority of Christian denominations … Continue reading Greek Philosophy’s Impact on our Understanding of Death

Lazarus and the Rich Man – Luke 16 a Short Explanation

This teaching is an explanation of the parable as a teaching tool and illustrates that every parable has a main point. In this case, the point is not that people burn in hell forever. But that even if someone from the dead came back and told them about Jesus & God and the salvation plan they would not repent. Jesus stated that they have Moses and the Prophets to learn from. Verses: Luke 16:19-31 and Revelation 20:14

After Resurrection Comes the Judgment

It is because people are dead and not alive in any form that we eagerly await the coming of Jesus, who will raise the dead. Also, it is because people are dead and will be raised at either the first or second resurrection that the Bible speaks of “the Day of Judgment” (cp. Matthew 10:15; … Continue reading After Resurrection Comes the Judgment

Why people think the Dead are Alive – Near Death Experiences

One reason people believe that the soul or spirit goes on living after a person dies is because of what is referred to as “near death” experiences. In these experiences, people who have clinically “died,” or been close to death, have seen what they report as the afterlife. There are a number of explanations why … Continue reading Why people think the Dead are Alive – Near Death Experiences

Annihilation in the Lake of Fire

One of the most powerful truths about God in the Bible is “God is love,” but some Christians teach that God tortures the unsaved in the flames of hell for all eternity. How could that be love? Thankfully, God does not do that. The Bible says that the saved will live forever and the unsaved … Continue reading Annihilation in the Lake of Fire

The Hebrew word Sheol shows us Dead People are Dead

The Old Testament made it clear that when a person died, he went to sheol. Neither Greek or English has a good equivalent word for sheol, because it is not a “physical place” where dead people go, like the grave, but rather it is a “state of being;” it is the state of being dead … Continue reading The Hebrew word Sheol shows us Dead People are Dead

Death is like “sleep”

“Sleep” is a common biblical euphemism and metaphor for death, and the Bible compares death to sleep many times (cp. Daniel 12:2; John 11:11-14; Acts 7:60; 13:36; 1 Corinthians 7:39, 11:30; 15:6, 18, 20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13). For example, Psalm 13:3 says, “Consider, and answer me, O Yahweh, my God. Enlighten my eyes, lest I … Continue reading Death is like “sleep”

In the Beginning…The Devil’s Lie

The belief that when a person dies they are not totally dead started in the Garden of Eden when the Devil lied to Adam and Eve. God told Adam that if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die (Genesis 2:17), but the Devil said that he would … Continue reading In the Beginning…The Devil’s Lie