The answer to that question has divided the Christian world for years and the only verse that is confusing and seems to say you go to heaven the moment you die is found in Luke 23:43 were Yeshua answers the sinner on the cross next to him and he says
"Verily I say unto you, Today you will be with me in paradise".
If we look at Luke 23:43 in detail we can see some problems 1 The original Greek text did not have any punctuation marks because the Bible was written in uncials with no spaces and in all uppercase JUSTLIKETHISANDTHIS the Bible was not written LIKE THIS OR THIS OT THIS with spaces between each word and did not have chapters or verses or punctuation OR commas until, they were all added by men who made allot of mistakes.
So remember Luke 23:43 was written like this VERILYISAYUNTOYOUTODAYYOUWILLBEWITHMEINPARADISE.
Reading Luke 23:43 with the comma after the word YOU,,,, leads you to think you go to paradise straight after you died.
"Verily I say unto YOU,,,, Today you will be with me in paradise".
Reading Luke 23:43 with the comma after the word TODAY,,,, means you will be with me in paradise in a time in the future, as part of the resurrection of the dead..
"Verily I say unto you TODAY,,,, you will be with me in paradise".
I believe and the Bible agrees the verse should read with the comma AFTER the word "TODAY" "Verily I say unto you Today,,,, you will be with me in paradise". The verse would even read better if the word today was removed and most scholars do not know why the word today is even used? Maybe an overzealous translator wanted to break up the 2 words YOU and instead of using a comma put in the word today? There are many grammar and punctuation errors in the Bible ..
The Bible written in "uncials".
If you believe that when you die you go straight to heaven then you also believe in fortune tellers who speak to the dead and in necromancy = communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future which are all part of sorcery and black magic.
The necromancy of the RCC teaches you can pray to 10,500 saints for answers and that you can give your life to one of these saints and make them you patron saint.. When you talk to a medium who talks to a dead relative you are talking to a demon called a familiar spirit who is familiar with the dead person and ghosts are demons who you allow to make contact with you are familiar with you and your family..
You might notice in the word familiar that the words family and Liar are mixed FAMIL LIAR !!
WHO ARE SAINTS IN THE BIBLE.
Saints, in the New Testament, are NEVER! Deceased individuals who have been canonized by the church and given sainthood. They are LIVING individuals who have dedicated themselves to the worship and service of the one true God Yahweh as revealed through his Son, Yeshua / Jesus.
Six of Paul's letters to churches are addressed to saints (Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians)
“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy…
” The words “sanctified” and “holy” are part of the same Greek word hagios,(pronounced hag'-ee-os) which means “consecrated to Yahweh (God), holy, sacred, and that is also translated “saints.” Christians are saints who have an intimate relationship with The Creator God through the son Yeshua / Jesus who when we made him our Saviour Yeshua is now our intercessor!!
Catholic indulgences the goose that laid the golden egg.
If you are part of the RCC you will find yourself spending a small fortune over decades paying to have mass said for dead friends and this practice has been the biggest money spinner for the RCC since it started in the 4th century and praying to get people out of purgatory has brought in trillions for the pagan RCC .. Purgatory is not found in any Bible.
Purgatory came from an ancient pagan belief of the Jew and was called Abrahams Bosom a belief that the Jew was special and they did not go "hell" as the Roman Church teaches OH NO NO NO we the Jews go to a nicer place than you christians, that is just at the right temperature we go to Abrahams Bosom !
The RCC stole the idea and made it their own and called it purgatory and have made Trillions on it ever since.. If you believe the dead are in heaven and are alive you believe in a very disorderly world with the dead roaming around telling us secrets, and that the dead do not rest in peace but are tormented to roam the earth alone looking for a home.. That Idea of the dead being alive is confusion and complete disorder and all things done by Yahweh God are decent and in order and have no confusion..
The RCC is full of confusion who speak from both sides of the mouth and teach
1/ when you die you go straight to heaven
2/ and also teach that Jesus will come back one day to raise the dead ?
Please understand that saints in the RCC are treated like gods because a god is someone you pray to for answers and The Creator God makes it clear "You shall have no other gods except ME " (Exo 20)
The Creator makes a big deal about who lived on earth and is now in heaven.
WHO IS IN HEAVEN NOW!!
1/ Yeshua (Jesus) is the ONLY person WHO LIVED, DIED and was RAISED by Yahweh (God) and was taken up / ascended to heaven (Mark 16 19:20, Acts 1:6-12, Luke 24:50-53)
2/ Elijah DID NOT DIE and was taken up to heaven on a chariot of fire (Kings II Chapter 2, Verse 11)
3/ Enoch DID NOT DIE.
The Book of Genesis says Enoch lived 365 years before he was taken by God.
The text reads that Enoch "walked with God: and he was no more; for God took him" (Gen 5:21–24)
4/ We are not told if Moses died but Matthew 17 says Moses appeared to Yeshua with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration. Moses is in heaven now and appeared to Yeshua with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration taught to have taken place on Mount Hermon (2814 metres or 9,232 feet high),for two reasons: It is the highest in the area (and the Transfiguration took place on "a high mountain" (Matthew 17:1)), and it is located near Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13), Jude also says the archangel Michael tuck Moses body.
5/ There is controversy about Melchezidek who the bible says "never had a beginning or end"
Heb 7:3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
6/ Methuselah son of Enoch also courts controversy but no proof can be found OR is given that he is in heaven now BUT we are told he died the oldest man in the world aged 969.
7/ The "righteous" who died in the OT and were visited by Yeshua who witnessed to them during his 3 days in Sheol is a complicated study that will be covered later in full as a companion to this study..
1 Timothy 2:5
MIRIAM / MARY
Mary is never mentioned going up to heaven, even a righteous man like King David, whom God called a man after His own heart, is not in Heaven. The Bible teaches that Yeshua / Jesus is our ONLY intercessor!
“For David did not ascend into the heavens” (Acts 2:34). (Matt 1:1) Yeshua (Jesus) was called the "Son of David" while he was here on the earth. He was born in David's city, Bethlehem.
The gospel of Matthew records that various people, on six different occasions, acknowledged Yeshua as the Son of David. This is a messianic title. Acts 2:29 makes it clear again that King David is not in heaven ""let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried"".
The teaching that Mary is in heaven now is part of Catholic catechism which is the made up teachings of the pope and ALL catechism is EXTRA doctrine NOT FOUND in the Bible. The teaching that 'at the end of her earthly life , Mary was assumed into heavenly glory, body and soul' was dogmatically defined by Pius XII in 1950 in Munificentissimus Deus. The Catholic Church is NOT a Bible based Church it is a catechism = doctrines of the pope based church. THE BIBLE DISAGREES WITH ALL CATHOLIC CATECHISM!
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE DEAD.
“Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
We were formed from dust (Gen 2:7) and the body returns to dust again, and the spirit goes back to God, who gave it.
The spirit of every person who dies—whether saved or unsaved—returns to God at death.
WHAT IS "THE SPIRIT" that returns to God at death?
“The body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26)..
Nowhere in all of God’s word the Bible does the “spirit” have any life, wisdom, or feeling after a person dies.
The “spirit” of a person is also their “personality” because a person can be described as being or having “a high spirit” or be of a “low spirit” clearly meaning “personality.
WHAT IS A "SOUL"?
“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” (Genesis 2:7 KJV).
A soul is a living being.
A soul is always a combination of two things: body plus breath.
A soul cannot exist unless body and breath are combined.
God’s Word teaches that we are souls—not that we have souls...
Our body is not encased in a soul or given a soul WE ARE A LIVING SOUL..
When we exhale our last breath our body goes back to being "DUST" ..
DO LIVING SOULS DIE ?
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20 KJV).
“Every living soul died in the sea” (Revelation 16:3 KJV).
According to God’s Word, souls do die!
We are souls, and souls die.
Man is mortal (Job 4:17).
Only God is immortal (1 Timothy 6:15, 16).
The concept of an undying, immortal soul is not found in the Bible, which teaches that souls are subject to death.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE DEAD.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
So the Bible clearly says when you die you are dead BUT the hope of glory is to come when we are raised in the last day to be forever with Yahweh..
WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THE DEAD IS COMFORTING.
THEY HAVE NO FEELINGS NO THOUGHTS AND ARE ASLEEP UNTIL THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT.
WHEN WILL THE DEAD BE RAISED?
I Corinthians 15:52:
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
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