People have all sorts of ideas about life after death: heaven, hell, purgatory, reincarnation or nothing at all. Most beliefs are based on the idea that we possess an immortal soul that lives on after we die. But is that true? Is there life after death? Are heaven and hell real? Can you know what really happens when you die?
Our Creator God reveals clearly what happens when you die. As you will see, God has a plan for all who have ever lived—whether or not they knew about God during this lifetime.
Let’s discover what the Bible says happens after death.
Life After Death Video Series
Watch this short, six-part video series that explains the soul and what happens when you die.
The Immortal Soul in Humans: Is it Real?
What Happens After Death:
The Bible Compared to Popular Beliefs
You might be surprised to know what the Bible says about the topic of life after death compared to what you’ve always thought.
Are Heaven and Hell Real?
The common belief of an immortal soul going to heaven or hell immediately after death is not taught in the Bible. Read these articles to learn more.
St. Peter at the pearly gates. Cherubs playing harps. Fluffy white clouds. These are all images people have of heaven—but what is heaven really?
There are many ideas about what happens after we die. But the best place to find the truth is in the Book inspired by the One who knows the most about heaven.
I was recently at a funeral where the preacher boldly declared the dead person was going home to heaven. But is heaven really our destination after death?
What actually happens when we die? Do those who accept Jesus go to heaven immediately after death? The biblical truth may surprise you.
Going to heaven for eternity is the major goal for most who profess Christianity. But does God’s Word teach that is the destination for the saved?
Some fear the popular view of hell. Others wonder how a loving God could torture people eternally for their misdeeds in this life. What is hell really?
Many churches teach that the fate of evil people is an eternity of torment in hell. But did you know that Jesus actually contradicted that belief in 29 words?
Many churches firmly believe that anyone who has ever died without accepting Christ will burn in hell forever. But is this really what Jesus taught?
“And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night” (Revelation 14:11). Is torment the eternal destiny of the wicked?
What Happens When You Die?
So what is the future for those who have already died? What if they weren't Christian when they died? Read these articles to see what is God’s plan for us after we die.
Common Questions About Death
Sometimes we wonder about aspects of dying or life after death, such as suicide, cremation or reincarnation. What does the future hold for our loved ones? You’ll find comfort and help in these articles.
When considering burial or cremation, many have wondered, What does the Bible say about cremation? Would cremation interfere with the resurrection?
Many throughout history have believed in reincarnation in one form or another. What does the Bible say? After death, will we live again in some other form?
Suicide is a desperate act and a traumatic event for family and friends. What does the Bible say about suicide and the fate of those who commit suicide?
People who are legally dead for a short time sometimes report visions of the afterlife. Do these “near death experiences” give a glimpse of heaven? How can we know for sure?
My early experiences with death led me to consider some profound questions: Does the Bible teach every human soul has eternal life? Where do you go when you die?
To understand what the Bible says about death—and everything that happens after—requires us to first uncover four important facets of the afterlife.
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