Continue reading to learn that your loved ones are currently sleeping a perfect sleep. They are not conscious of time or
space and are not in heaven now looking down at you.
Due to many churches teaching paganism that a person is awake after death they are responsible for the great growth in
spiritualism. How many psychics are on tv, how many ghost shows are being released all due to false doctrines about death.
“Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so” (Genesis 1:9).
God's words create matter and energy. He is so powerful that He must merely say something for it to become reality.
Yet the Bible tells us that God did not speak mankind into existence. Rather, He molded the first man with His own hands. “The LORD God formed man of the dust of
the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). God cares for mankind so much that He used His
own hands to make man perfect. Then, because the body must be animated to become alive, God breathed the “breath of life” into the body, and the man lived.
It is important to recognize this formula for life. The body without the breath is not alive; neither is the breath alive without a body. Only when the two elements are joined
together does life occur. When we look at the same passage in the King James translation, it says, “Man became a living soul.” The word “soul” has been used to
describe an intangible part of the human that is separate from the body and lives on after death, but the Bible defines a “soul” as the combination of a body and the breath,
or spirit, from God. A person does not HAVE a soul; a person IS a soul, according to the Word of God.
Life, then, comes from God as a gift. The Old Testament patriarch Job understood this when he said, “As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my
nostrils,” he would not commit sin (Job 27:3). He knew that the breath inside of him was truly the breath from God.
The author of the book of Ecclesiastes, most likely King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, demonstrated this equation in reverse. He wrote, describing death,
“Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
Therefore, we acknowledge that there is an invisible, intangible part of human life that exists apart from the body. However, the Bible tells us that it is not an immortal
human soul, but rather a spirit from God. God lends us a part of Himself while we are alive, but that part returns to God when we die because it was always on loan from
God to begin with.
The Bible records this same truth in the Christian era. The apostle James declares that “the body without the spirit is dead,” and thus recognizes that life is a combination
of those two elements and ceases to exist when they are separated.This concept is easy to understand when we consider the elements of artificial light. We create light
by starting with a light bulb and adding an electric current to it. The product of those two elements is light. When we break the bulb or stop the electricity, the light ceases
to exist. The light, like our lives, cannot exist in the absence of either of the two components that make it up.
This teaching obviously differs from what most Christian churches teach. While we respect their views and their faith, we encourage every person to take an honest look at
what the Scriptures say about the subject of death. Not only is its formula for life clear, as we’ve demonstrated, but it has an abundance to say about the human
experience after death as well. Consider these few thoughts on the matter:
“The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor any who go down into silence” (Psalm 115:17).
This tells us that death brings silence, and not praise, for God. Wouldn’t you praise God if you were in His presence in heaven?
“[A man’s] spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish” (Psalm 146:4).
Our plans do not continue beyond the grave because death means the cessation of life. Life stops at death.
“For in death there is no remembrance of [God]; In the grave who will give You thanks?” (Psalm 6:5).
How can we not remember God if when we die you go straight to heaven?
For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth” (Isaiah 38:18).
Death holds no thanks, praise, or hope for God.“Yet he shall be brought to the grave, And a vigil kept over the tomb” (Job 21:32).
The dead go to the grave and stay there.
“For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love,
their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6).
This speaks for itself, doesn't it?
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going”
The Bible is overwhelmingly clear that death means death. When we die, we return to the same state of consciousness we had before we were born: none.
Job 14:10-12: “But man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last And where is he? As water disappears from the sea, And a river becomes
parched and dries up, So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, They will not awake Nor be roused from their sleep.”
Job makes it abundantly clear that when you die you sleep awaiting for Christ to return when the dead will awake and the living will be also caught up with him.
John also harmonizes with Job:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I
go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be
also” (John 14:1-3).
1 Thessalonians 4:16. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the
dead in Christ will rise first.”
John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
1Co 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
1Co 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1Co 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
1Co 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
I'm hoping you are now starting to see a pattern the bible over and over states when you die you go to sleep. Christianity again shows a separation from the many pagan
cultures that teach that when a person dies they go immediately to heaven or become god.
Lets take a closer look at John and the very words of Christ that show any church preaching that you go to heaven at death preaches another gospel.