screams of the damned as they beg for water, then count me out.What if it were your son, your mother, or your spouse on the otherside? Does that sound like heaven to you? Taken literally, this storyproves that everyone goes to hell (hades) upon death, not heaven.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believesin me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes inme will
Do you believe this?"
(Jn. 11:25-26)"Never die" in this verse is misleading. Young's Literal Translation ismore accurate:
and every one who is living and believing in me shallnot die
to the age.
This probably refers to the yet future Kingdomage which Jesus will establish on earth.
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would havetold you.
I am going there to prepare a place for you
. And if I goand prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be withme that you also may be where I am.
(Jn. 14:2-3) The key to this verse is when Jesus says, "I will come back and takeyou...." Not "you will come to me when you die" There is nothing at allabout death here.
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and
at home with the Lord.
(2 Cor. 5:8)I've often heard this verse misquoted as "to be absent from the bodyis to be present with the Lord" It does not say that. Paul was adamantthat there is no hope without the resurrection of the dead. If everyonewent immediately to heaven or hell upon death then the resurrectionof the dead would be totally meaningless. Read 1 Corinthians, chapter15 and you'll see how the resurrection is about raising the dead, notanimating zombies with disembodied spirits or souls.
Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in
(Lk. 23:43) This was the promise Jesus made to the thief on the cross. If we takethis to mean that the thief will go to heaven with Jesus on that veryday, we have a problem. When Jesus rose from the dead, he explicitlystated that he had not yet ascended to his Father. When Jesus died, he