Risen from the Dust
It's time to receive the truth about hell, heaven, and the Resurrection of the Dead.
Hell, what does the bible really say on this subject?
Hell: There is more than one hell in the bible. A current temporary hell, and a future eternal hell.
Do people go to Heaven when they die?
Heaven: Heaven is a real place, and the souls of the faithful have been going there from the beginning, even before the New Testament.
What does it mean to say that Christians have eternal life?
Spiritual Death and Life: There is physical life and death, but there is also spiritual life and death. Everyone dies in the flesh, but true Christians never die spiritually.
Does the bible say that heaven is literally in outer-space, and hell is literally underground?
Gateways: The bible teaches that hell and heaven are not of this world. However, it also indicates that the earth and sky act as "spiritual gateways" to heaven and hell.
Does the bible support the traditional view that we have a spiritual soul dwelling within a flesh body?
Spiritual Souls: Both the Old Testament and the New Testament teach that we have spiritual souls dwelling within our flesh bodies.
Do people go to heaven and hell, or do they fall asleep when they die?
Souls in Heaven and Hell: People's souls leave their bodies and go to either hell or heaven when they die. The dead continue to exist in either hell or heaven.
What is the Resurrection of the Dead, and who takes part in it?
Resurrection of the Dead: All souls, good and evil, will partake in the Resurrection of the Dead. In the Resurrection of the Dead, they will be brought back into the world as new spiritual beings.
In the resurrection of the dead, do people literally rise out of their graves?
Spiritual Bodies: The dead will not literally resurrect from their graves, but rather their souls will be changed into spiritual bodies.
When does the bible say that the Resurrection of the Dead will take place?
Resurrection Timing: The Resurrection of the Dead is a future event. The saints will resurrect when Jesus returns, on the Day of the Lord. The rest of the dead will resurrect after a time known as the millennium.
What is the millennium, and what will the world be like during the millennium?
Millennium: The millennium is a future thousand year period, when Christ and his Kingdom will reign over the world. During the millennium, many souls will accept the truth.
What is the Lake of Fire, and will the wicked suffer there forever and ever?
Lake of Fire: The Lake of Fire is a future hell-like place of damnation. The wicked will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire, not eternally tormented.
While life after death is a fundamental tenet of Christianity, on almost every detail of this subject there is confusion and disagreement among believers. This is because of an unfortunate tendency of churches to build their theologies around a few bible verses, often taken out of context and interpreted according to convention or popularity, as opposed to building their theologies around the entire Word of God. Thus, once again man's traditions interfere with the truth, because rather than finding confidence and encouragement in the scriptures, Christians find contradiction with what they've been taught.
In regards to this topic the Word of God does not contradict itself, nor does it contain an evolving conglomeration of ideas from ancient Middle-Eastern religions (as some so-called scholars will tell you). What it does contain are bits and pieces of information, often wrapped in figurative language and metaphor, concerning mysteries which have been hidden from the foundation of the world. "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory" (1st Corinthians 2.27 KJV bible). These bits and pieces have been revealed to us through God's prophets and apostles at the proper times and in the proper places. A complete and fair analysis of the relevant scriptures, in context, will reveal an astonishing level of consistency, logic, and insight amongst them.