Will I go to heaven when I die? Does anyone go to heaven when they die?
Many people question whether they really will go to heaven when they die. The bible is clear that the dead are unconscious in the grave, not enjoying bliss in heaven.
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People do not become angels when they die and watch over thier loved ones, they sleep in the grave. Some sleep waiting be be brought back to life when Christ returns, and some will sleep for all eternity, never to live again. Accepted believers will be made like the angels after the resurrection, not before.
The only hope for man to live again after they have died, is by being baptized into the name of Jesus Christ with a correct understanding of who he is. Baptism is what brings us out of the grave.
You see, in the very near future, Jesus Christ will return back to earth to set up a world-wide kingdom that will never end, and will fill the earth with righteousness. This has been the plan of God since this world was founded. This plan cannot be delayed, circumvented or stopped. It is as sure as the sunrise every morning and just as unstoppable.
When returns, Christ will raise the dead who have been baptized into his name. The dead who have been brought back to life, will then face the great Judgement seat of Christ and will have to answer for the conduct of their lives. Those who are found acceptable by Christ will be given eternal life, thier bodies changed to the appearance and constitution of the angels.
Even then, the promise that God has made to men, is embodied within the promises made to Abraham Isaac and Jacob (booklet) (Specific Promises in Bible verses). God has promised Abraham paradise on earth, a planet permanently changed to be free of sin and death, not heaven. The earth, this earth is the reward of the righteous. Those who claim that God will destroy the earth are misusing prophetic verses referring to the change that will take place when Christ returns and replaces all the kingdoms of this earth. As the verses below show, God has promised eternal life on the earth to the righteous.
As for heaven, the bible tells us that heaven is the abode of God, and instead of telling us all men go to heaven, it tells us "No man hath ascended up to heaven":
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
To finish this article, I suggest you read the booklet "The Key to Understanding the Bible" to understand what hope you have for eternal life. There is hope for life after death, but it's not found amongst the fairy tales of the churches of Christianity. These churches changed the gospel of the good news of the coming kingdom of God to philosophies of error taught by men. The true gospel can only be found by a diligent study of the word of God. We invite you to join us in your journey to search out God and the hope of the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob which are mentioned all throughout the bible.
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