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Heregoes
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Date Posted:08/04/2009 10:41 AMCopy HTML

I have often wondered about what we used to preach regarding christians when they die.  We used to say they just 'slept' until the Lord's return, and then were raised.  I know other denominations (well, AOG anyway), believe when christians die they go straight to heaven.  What does everyone think?
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Re:Heaven or sleeping??

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When Christians die, they die, just like everyone else!




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Re:Heaven or sleeping??

Date Posted:08/04/2009 10:58 PMCopy HTML

Good morning, HG.

Put simply 'sleep' is used as a euphemism for physical death within the Scriptures. We all know that the various Revivalist groups promote the idea of 'soul-sleep' (the theological term for such a belief is psychopanychism); however, such a concept was completely foreign to not only the Hebrews/Jews, but to the early Christians as well. Consequently, and in keeping with Paul's clear teaching on the matter, orthodox Christianity has always maintained that upon a person's death, conscious existence continues albeit in a disembodied state until the "resurrection of the flesh".

'Soul-sleep' is simply another doctrinal error in the extensive list of such errors promoted by Revivalism.

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"resurrection of the flesh"     Eeeewwwwww!!!!  Sounds very 'Tim Burton'!  lol
"for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so" Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)
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Re:Heaven or sleeping??

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Thanks Ian - so, forgive my ignorance, but what you mean is when we die, our spirits go straight to heaven (whatever that is) but our body waits for the Lords return?  That being the case, if non-christians die, do their spirits go straight to hell?
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Date Posted:09/04/2009 12:28 PMCopy HTML

HG,

In a 'nutshell', our eternal states become irrevocably fixed at death. The destination, then, is either 'heaven' or 'hell'; forever present with God, or forever absent from God.

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