Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.
7) Part Personal Question. My answer: 1 Corinthians 15:42-44: Our bodies will be raised imperishable, in glory, in power, and spiritual.
1 John 3:2: We shall be like God.
Revelation 22:1-5: There will no longer be a curse. God and Jesus will dwell in the city and we will serve Him. We will see God’s face and His name will be on our forehead. There will always be light, never darkness. We will reign forever.
It doesn’t give me hope and I’m tired of being asked this.
8 ) Luke says “in paradise”. Philippians says “with Christ.” All of these passages are vague at best. See End Notes for a thorough analysis. The results may surprise you.
9) Personal Question. My answer: That it is eternal. That it is paradise. That Christ is the only way. Relatives.
Conclusions: Hope again. It’s as if I don’t have any hope so I have to be asked about it REPEATEDLY to find it. I have hope. Lots of it. Can we move on now? Again, sharing the gospel. This lesson could be used in that seminar.
Question 8 was actually good and it’s obvious where BSF lands on this one. Both sides have merit and I’m not a scholar so I go with my gut here: our souls go to heaven first while our bodies sleep. Unbelievers await judgment in a temporary location to await the Great White Throne room.
End Notes: So I decided to find out for myself where people go who have died. HERE is a great piece that actually dismisses BSF’s Luke 23 and why it’s not saying we go to heaven (which it doesn’t). This SITE has so many bible passages it’s ridiculous, but the conclusions are the same: when we die, we lie asleep in our grave until Christ comes again.
This SITE supports BSF’s assertion that we immediately go with Jesus/God, using the EXACT SAME passages BSF does to support this conclusion. This one says the same thing HERE. We go to heaven but await our physical bodies after the Second Coming.
So here we have two different beliefs. 1) Our body and soul lie in the ground, “asleep”, until Jesus’ Second Coming where both will be raised. 2) Our soul immediately goes to be with Jesus while our body slummers and rises again at the Second Coming, where body and soul shall be reunited.
So which is true? Both have biblical support. Obviously, the latter is more comforting and is commonly taught at churches. Here’s my view: does it matter when? I’m not going to worry about it. For one, I’ll be dead and I have no control over it anyways. And two, all that matters is at some point I shall dwell forever with God.
I have never heard of belief #1 before until just now. It totally changes what I would think of death if I believed it. Not sure if I do. To me, it makes sense that God loves us so much He wants us with Him immediately. So I think we all go to heaven and await for our physical bodies for the Second Coming. Other thoughts?