- Religion and Philosophy
Where are the dead?
Many churches teach that when a person lives a holy life, he/she will be present at heaven, but for the ones living an evil life they will burn in a place of torture. Others teach that when people die, they pass on to the spirit life and unite with their ancestors. Others also teach that when a person dies, they go and to be judged, then afterwards to be reborn in another body. What do you think?
Such teachings all split one thing in common, and the idea is that there is a part of us that survives death of the physical body. Many of this teaching say that we somehow manage to live on forever, obviously having the ability to hear, think, and see. But how is this possible? All this ability are all linked to our brain which when a person dies it stops working. Our belief, feelings, memories and all senses linked with the brain stops working. So what really occurs at death?
Where can we find satisfying answers? God created everything, and it is clear that he knows about the condition of the dead better than we do. So it’s best we look at what was said and recorded in His word the Bible.
What does the Bible really teach about death?
When a person dies he/she no longer exists; it’s okay to say that death is the opposite of life. The dead do not hear or even think, not even one part of anything that we have survive death of the body. Humans do not have unending spirit or soul.
Regarding this Solomon wrote, “For the living recognize very well that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all,” he also went on and said their hate ,jealousy and even their love have all perished, they no longer know of anything that is being done under the sun (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10). Also according to Psalm 146:4, it records that when a person dies, his thoughts also expire. We are immortal, and therefore we do not continue to live after the death of our body. The life we enjoy is like a frame and when it’s put out, does the frame go anywhere? No, it’s simply gone.
Jesus's view on death
Jesus did talk about the state of the dead he did that regarding to Lazarus, a man who he knew very well and who had died. Jesus told his disciples “Lazarus our friend has gone to rest and am going there to arouse him from sleep”. Disciples thought that Lazarus was may be in a rest as in sleeping recovering from may be illness. So they said to Jesus, “Lord if he has gone to take rest he will get well”. (John 11:11). But they were wrong they did not understand what Jesus meant so he said it clearly to them “Lazarus has died”. (John11:14).
Note that Jesus compared death to sleep, Lazarus was not in heaven nor in a burning hell was not uniting with the ancestors or angels and he was not reborn as another human. Simply he was at rest in death like in a deep sleep with no dreams, because after he was raised up from death, he didn’t tell stories of how good heaven is, or how hot it is in hell, he was simply asleep. Other Bible scriptures also compare death to sleep include (acts 7:60 1corinthians15:6).