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Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?

Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?


What occurs to a Christian right now of fatality? From among our Ask R.C. occasions, R.C. Sproul analyzes what it indicates for the spirits of followers to be “far from the body and also at house with the Lord” (2Cor 5:8). Do you have a scriptural or doctrinal inquiry? We welcome you to ask Ligonier at https://ask.ligonier.org/. Do Christians go promptly to paradise when they pass away?
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29 COMMENTS

Rachel4Yeshua - posted on March 2, 2020 7:30 am

Amen. I can hardly wait to be with the Lord forever and leave this sinful place. This world and my flesh. Praise God!!! Thank You Jesus!!! 🙏✝️❤️ We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8

Vincent Ho - posted on March 2, 2020 8:26 am

Sproul is absolutely right. Very clear and concise. Based on the "whole counsel of God".

Nordic Snowhammer - posted on March 2, 2020 9:36 am

As I get older (and I'm getting older!) I find a part of me is looking forward to this. Afraid, yes. But anticipating as well.

Miles Coverdale - posted on March 2, 2020 11:29 am

This man did not, but went to his place with Judas

ala ska - posted on March 2, 2020 1:20 pm

Only if they give money to Religious Scam Artists.

Desire Of All Nations - posted on March 2, 2020 1:43 pm

Jesus Himself said NO ONE has went to Heaven after they died in Jhn 3:13. So either Jesus lied or Churchianity is trying to make Him look like a liar. I'm willing to wager that the latter is the case, since the apostle Peter went on to confirm this in Acts 2:29,34 where he clearly says David himself is IN HIS GRAVE, not Heaven. Paul also goes on to state in the faith chapter(Heb. 11) that the named figures were STILL WAITING for their inheritance. That's not possible if a person can go to Heaven, nvm the fact that the Bible doesn't even legitimately teach going to Heaven is a Christian's reward in the first place.

BaseballJaZZ - posted on March 2, 2020 2:27 pm

Yes

Jeremy McGuire - posted on March 2, 2020 11:54 pm

According to Hebrew thought, the soul is synonymous with the person. It is not a separate part of the person that can be detached like is portrayed in pagan mythology. It doesn't survive death. A person dies, their body goes to Sheol, or the grave, and the person is later resurrected to new life with a body suited for immortality. If the soul survives death and goes immediately to heaven and can exist in heaven independently as is so often taught, why does it need to be reunited to the body, any body, later on? Death as the enemy and resurrection as the hope of believer have no meaning if any part of man survives death. The immortal soul idea comes from Egyptian and Greek pagan thought and is part of the Lie, not the Truth.

susan Foret - posted on March 3, 2020 6:53 am

Thank you Lord Jesus!

Absolute Zero - posted on March 3, 2020 12:12 pm

No they go straight to Hell for violating the first commandment. One GOD!

Elijah Rose - posted on March 3, 2020 6:20 pm

Love you R.C. Sproul.

suporta tabang - posted on March 3, 2020 7:44 pm

Did enoch’s body died or was it in glorified body when he caught up to heaven?

David OGD15 - posted on March 4, 2020 3:10 am

This mainstream "immortal soul" lie is not biblical, there is no separate "soul" inside humans that continues to live on after death. The confusion comes because Christians don't understand the biblical definition of what a soul is. Let's get back to the basics:

Genesis 2:7 "And 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 soul."

Do you see this? Every creature that has received the breath of life is a living soul, no where the bible suggests that there is a human spirit inside of us. I will tell you where this immortality doctrine comes from, SATAN!

Genesis 3:4 …'And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.'

Life only continues to carry on after the first resurrection, this is what Jesus had to say:

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

Now tell me why would Jesus need to say that when He returns He will get us so that we can be with Him if we are already with Jesus immediately after death? Makes no sense. That's because It is at the second coming that we go to heaven, not before.

dru sauza - posted on March 4, 2020 11:26 am

I really appreciate Sprouls and how God used him to guide me back into the Bible and a renewed relationship with Christ. However it is unfortunate that he starts out this video talking about classical Christian theology and not what the Bible teaches. The only text he refers to is Philippians 1:23 where Paul states that he would rather be with the Lord than to be here in the flesh. I can relate with Paul as I too would rather be with the Lord and escape the pain and suffering here on earth. The Bible states that “the dead know nothing” Ecclesiastes 9:5. In 1 Corinthians 15:52 Paul mentions the last trumpet in connection to the dead being raised. In Revelation we find the last trumpet in Revelation 11:15, and in verse 18 it states, “and the time has come for the dead to be judged.” This is a judgement of the wicked and the righteous. If the spirit of man went up to heaven the moment he died then judgment would have to occur the moment he died but the Bible does not teach that. For a clearer picture of death and resurrection look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. Also consider Jesus did not ascend to his Father during the three days he was in the tomb John 20:17. Neither did Lazarus’s spirit ascend to heaven during the four days he was dead in the tomb. Scripture does not support the belief that the spirit goes up to Heaven the moment you die. What Scripture supports is that death is like sleep. You go to sleep/or die and “in the twinkling of an eye” or what seems like no time at all you raise up, either to the resurrection resulting in life or the resurrection resulting in condemnation (see John 5:28,29). The intermediate state is like sleep.

Kate B - posted on March 4, 2020 6:57 pm

He was so special. Great message

AlvieC - posted on March 4, 2020 7:48 pm

How does a man go to heaven when they die if they never knew heaven before they died? The kingdom of heaven is at hand and you people still don't know where it is? You are willing to die the physical death to try to find out? God is a God of the living not the dead. He dwells within you and you don't know that? Hypocrites! Let the dead in Christ rise to know their living God who dwells within.

Arne Cruz - posted on March 4, 2020 8:51 pm

Heb 9:27-28
(v.27) Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, (v.28) so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The Bible is clear (v.27) after man dies, judgment, meaning he either goes to heaven or to hell. And on the next verse (v.28), the destiny of man after death is connected to the one-time sacrifice of Christ. So for a Christian to question verse 27 is to question verse 28, which speaks of the one-time sacrificial work of salvation of Christ.
So to those asking this question, how dare you question the wonderful work of salvation of the Lord! Read your Bible, believe in Christ not on mere men.

Juan Rodriguez - posted on March 4, 2020 9:12 pm

Wrong.
Humans does not have inmortal souls that fly to heaven, is not in the Bible.
The only way to be with the Lord will be by resurrección, not by death. Read carefully, "to be present with the Lord" is a third option in the context of Paul’s discurs.

gregormann7 - posted on March 5, 2020 6:07 am

I appreciated Spoul, and learned a lot from his lectures. But never did he get it more wrong. This was entirely unbiblical nonsense. I would admonish Bible-believing Christians to ponder the express terms of “the gospel” itself as concisely stated by Paul: death, burial, resurrection. THAT is always, and consistently, the EXPRESS view of the NT and its writers. Nowhere does any writer ever give the slightest “indication” that he conceived of a so-called disembodied “state” of continued, conscious existence. For anyone. It’s just not true. From the timeframe reference of each individual believer death will be followed by being in the presence of the Lord. But that is always clearly indexed to His Second Coming and the rapture/resurrection of the saints, ALL of whom will meet Him on the very same day. Not a personal attack on RC, but on the widespread, long held false conception of eschatology which he, and countless others have naively endorsed. A weak inference, never explicitly confirmed, from two random passages is simply insufficient to establish this notion. The essence of the gospel is always rooted in the hope of the resurrection from the dead.

Richard Haver - posted on March 5, 2020 10:03 am

Was the world created in 7 days?😁😁😁😁. No

Gary Williams - posted on March 6, 2020 2:06 am

What a STUPID question. Why would "Christians" be any different from the other 3.2 billion people living on the planet? The title of the video seems to indicate that "God" only loves Christians and most especially fundamentalist Jesus freaks. Never mind the rest of the earth´s population. But dash off a few bible verses written thousands of years ago by ignorant scribes to make yourself feel superior. The title of the video should be Do PEOPLE go to heaven when they die? The answer: if a person has strong ties to the earth, dies in an accident or dies suddenly he or she is more than likely earthbound for a short period of time. But this is only temporary. There will always be others who will come and fetch him. If a person dies from a long illness like cancer or passes in their sleep it is likely they wake up on the Other Side immediately on passing and are met by relatives or friends. A good example to answer this question would be Terry Smith, a sailor who went down on the Hood, a battleship in WW2. There were no survivors. His recording to researchers George Woods and Betty Greene in 1966 is a remarkable account of life after death. He thought he was still on the ship. What is the most annoying is this idea that if you are a Christian that you are better than everyone else on this planet and that "God" has singled you out for some special place in heaven because of your beliefs and everybody else is just fucked.

Jesus Christ, Bible, Bible study - posted on March 6, 2020 11:41 am

Yes.
"Absent from the body, present with the Lord."
Amen

shadomst - posted on March 7, 2020 12:40 am

Makes sense.

Sandra H - posted on March 7, 2020 8:53 pm

it's simple , the Lord said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Nick De Rooy - posted on March 8, 2020 5:52 am

Hope I can become taller with more hair.

simpson simpson - posted on March 17, 2020 7:41 pm

Jesus's to the thief on the cross today you will be with me in paradise?

Liwanag Bautista - posted on March 24, 2020 12:51 am

Not our body but given a new body in Christ. In a twinkle of the eye! Imagine, death then paradise! Although, judgement first….I pray our Savior comes soon!

Shawn Mendes - posted on March 26, 2020 8:46 am

Can you prove it to me right now… if you have prove please upload it here on youtube ok…… I would love to see it with my own eyes

Hey Now - posted on April 20, 2020 12:48 pm

You Fing delusional idiots. Your nothing more than an animal, there’s no god dummies, see you in the ground


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