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When I Die

QUESTION: What will happen when I die? Where will I go?


When I die, will I move through a tunnel, or into another life, or towards the light? Do we cease to exist? Do we spend eternity in either heaven or hell? With so many views and so many answers, they can't all be right.

The answer to “What will happen when I die?” comes from the one person who died, rose from the dead and will live forever. The answer is Jesus, the one true answer, because He conquered death.

Let's look at the scene of Jesus dying on the cross. He tells the thief on the cross by him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).

When Jesus spoke to the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation, he said, "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7).

In the book of John in chapter 14, Jesus tells His disciples, "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

Jesus teaches that believers’ souls go to be with Him when they die.

However, Jesus is clear about what happens to non-believers, as well. "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched'" (Mark 9:47-48).

Scripture tells us in Revelation 20:14 that if anyone's name is not found written in the book of life, he will be thrown into the lake of fire.

If you believe in God and trust in Jesus, you will go live in a place called heaven. But for those who do not believe in God or who trust in their own goodness to save them, they will go to hell. Where will you go?

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