What is death? And who die?
According to the Bible 'all die'.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
All die! But what did JESUS say death was?
Matthew 9:24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
The people knew that the girl was dead. So they laughed at JESUS. Let us see if JESUS mentioned that the dead sleep in another verse.
John 11:11-14 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
JESUS had to explain to the disciples that Lazarus was dead, when He said that he was sleeping. When we sleep we don't know anything. We don't go anywhere, as we wake up in the same place we went to sleep.
The Christian world says that when you die you go to Heaven or hell. You have an immortal soul. How can this be? The Bible does not teach this. It is only pagan religions that teach this!
Psalm 115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
If one goes to Heaven when they die, then how come the Psalmist says that 'the dead praise not the LORD'? If the dead praise not the LORD, they have gone nowhere. They are still in their graves.
Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
Isaiah 38:18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
Even Isaiah says that death cannot praise GOD. It is only the living that can praise GOD.
Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
Solomon, one of the wisest men that lived says:
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
'The dead know not any thing'. So how did the Christian world come up with this false doctrine that comes from paganism? And yet the Christians mock those that believe in the Word of GOD. Just as the Jews 'laughed JESUS to scorn'. JESUS never mentioned that the dead are in Heaven or some other place. He said to the Sadducees:
Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
When do the dead rise? It is at the first and second resurrection. There would be no need for these resurrections if the dead are already in Heaven or a place called 'hell'.
John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
If as the Christian world says that you go to Heaven (or 'hell') when you die, then why will the dead hear the voice of the Son of GOD? Would they not be in Heaven hearing JESUS speaking to them? This doctrine of the dead from the majority of the Christian world does not line up with what JESUS is saying. Yet at the same time they teach that you must do as JESUS did. Must you not also believe in the Words of JESUS? Of course!
Who has immortality?
So why do you believe that the dead have an immortal soul when there is not one Scripture to prove this?
1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This is the only verse that comes up in a search for the word 'immortal'. No mention of man been immortal. We are made from dust and we go back to dust when we die.
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.
Genesis 3:19 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.
Here are GOD's Words about what we are, DUST! No mention of some immortal spirit that is taught today in the Christian world. The only One with immortality is GOD!
Where are the dead then?
Where did JESUS say the dead are?
John 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
JESUS never said that their fathers where in Heaven or 'hell'.
John 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
So how too we live forever? Strange question that JESUS asked considering that this is not what is taught in the majority of Christian denominations. The belief is that the soul lives forever. Yet JESUS says that to live forever is to eat the bread, His Words. How so we get eternal life?
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
JESUS never taught that the dead are anywhere, except in the grave. If JESUS taught that death is sleep, than why is there a teaching contrary to His teaching today?
Study the Word of GOD so that you can have eternal life as well. Check to see if what you have been taught is according to the Word of GOD!