When Christians die, do they go to the bosom of Abraham or heaven?

The theif on the cross was to be this day in paradise but others are asleep in the bosom of Abraham until Christ comes back in the clouds. What is what here. Some one explain please.

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  • BJ
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    do they go to the bosom of Abraham or heaven? Neither one.

    Jesus Christ spoke about the condition of the dead. He did so with regard to Lazarus, a man whom he knew well and who had died. Jesus told his disciples: “Lazarus our friend has gone to rest.” The disciples thought that Jesus meant that Lazarus was resting in sleep, recovering from an illness. They were wrong. Jesus explained: “Lazarus has died.” (John 11:11-14) Notice that Jesus compared death to rest and sleep. Lazarus was neither in heaven nor in a burning hell. He was not meeting angels or ancestors. Lazarus was not being reborn as another human. He was at rest in death, as though in a deep sleep without dreams. Other scriptures also compare death to sleep. For example, when the disciple Stephen was stoned to death, the Bible says that he “fell asleep.” (Acts 7:60) Similarly, the apostle Paul wrote about some in his day who had “fallen asleep” in death.

    The Bible teaches that the dead “are conscious of nothing at all.” They are not alive and have no conscious existence anywhere. The account of Lazarus confirms this. Upon returning to life, did Lazarus thrill people with descriptions of heaven? Or did he terrify them with horrible tales about a burning hell? No. The Bible contains no such words from Lazarus. During the four days that he was dead, he had been “conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) Lazarus had simply been sleeping in death.

    The account of Lazarus also teaches us that the resurrection is a reality, not a mere myth. Jesus raised Lazarus in front of a crowd of eyewitnesses. Even the religious leaders, who hated Jesus, did not deny this miracle.

    Think about this too: If Lazarus had been in heaven for those four days, would he not have said something about it? And if he had been in heaven, would Jesus have made him come back to earth from that wonderful place? Of course not!

    Yet, many people say that we have a soul, and they say that the soul lives on after the body dies. They say that Lazarus’ soul was alive somewhere. But the Bible does not say that. It says that God made the first man Adam “a living soul.” Gen. 2:7, Adam was a soul. The Bible also says that when Adam sinned, he died. He became a “dead soul,” and he returned to the dust from which he had been made. The Bible also says that all Adam’s offspring inherited sin and death too.

    The Scriptural teaching of the resurrection, however, is not compatible with the doctrine of the immortality of the soul. If an immortal soul survived death, no one would need to be resurrected, or brought back to life. Indeed, Martha expressed no thought about an immortal soul that was living on elsewhere after death. She did not believe that Lazarus had already gone to some spirit realm to continue his existence. On the contrary, she showed her faith in God’s purpose to reverse the effects of death. She said: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” Likewise, Lazarus himself related no experiences of some afterlife. There was nothing to report.

    Clearly, according to the Bible, the soul dies and the remedy for death is the resurrection. You enjoy the best sleep ever, until Jesus resurrects you, sometime in the future.

    Source(s): Reasoning
  • 1 decade ago

    The story in Luke 16: 19-31 sounds like an actual account of

    someone called Lazarus a beggar, who it portrays in Abraham's bosum, a place of comfort for the righteous dead.

    There is also an odd account in Matt 27:52-53 that tells of saints, who had died, arose & were seen in Jerusalem &

    appeared to many, maybe someone recognised a loved one or two. You cannot make a doctrine of it, but it does seem out

    of place & no one else mentions it, so perhaps those ones were re-located to Paradise the place the Messiah Yahshua

    told the theif he would be in that day.( Just a thought)

    The resurrection of the dead had not happened, so if this is true, it was a temporary thing, as they had to go somewhere, to await the Resurrection after being seen. Debatable.

    They seemed to be around at the time of Yahshua's resurrection, He did say I am the Resurrection & the Life &

    when he raised Mary & Martha's brother Lazarus, He did call

    out Lazarus come forth.

    Some of these things are hard to explain & some consistent

    study is needed, clouds could be just that, like the pillar of cloud in the desert, or i have heard some people say its the

    angels, others saints, so,its all debatable.

    I think we must concentrate on preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of YHWH God, as Messiah Yahshua instructed

    the disciples in Acts 1:6-8 & as Peter said in Acts 2:38-40,

    for the time is short & the Kingdom is near & Messiah will return, of that I am sure.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    "The thief on the cross was to be this day in paradise but others are asleep in the bosom of Abraham until Christ comes back in the clouds. "

    What is your Scriptural basis for this?

  • 1 decade ago

    According to The King James Bible, Christians go to paradise. Abrahams bosom was in reference to Jesus teaching about "The rich man and Lazarus", in Luke 16:!9-23.

    The rich man wanted Abraham to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his brothers not to come to the place of torments that he was in, but Abraham said they have Moses and the Prophets, so I believe that was under the Law. When Jesus was on the cross He told the theif," This day, ye shall be with Me in paradise", this was and is under Grace. I pray this has helped you to understand better....

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The thief was one of those like Lazarus who went to

    Abraham,s bosom,,because they had not heard of the

    Grace that was to come,so Christ went to the middle of the earth and preached to them,,and they all came out of their

    graves when Christ did and walked in the city before they

    went to Heaven.

  • 1 decade ago

    when we die we are in an unconscious state of mind. The Bible says that the "dead knows nothing." We only receive everlasting life when Jesus makes His 2nd Advent. Only the spirit (breath of life) goes to God when you die. Paradise in our English language means cemetery, not heaven. Keep in mind that their was no punctuation used when the scrolls were written. There was no such of thing called a comma, period, question mark, etc. It could be that the comma was put in the wrong place. As far as the dead we will just die and that's it. What would be the point of Jesus' 2nd Advent if we are already judge when we die to determine if we go to heaven or hell. By the way hell in English means grave, pit, hole.

  • 1 decade ago

    Neither...when people die they are in the ground or where ever they are when they die. The life force (spirit) which makes them alive returns to the Giver of Life...it is not a conscious entity. When that pneumos or spirit is separated from the corpus or body the living soul ceases to exist until resurrection day. No bosoms around...lol.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    What happens to Us as quickly as we Die? WHY THE question ARISES: lots of the worldwide’s religions prepare that something interior a guy or woman keeps residing after loss of life. some carry that the lifeless can injury the residing or that God punishes the depraved by utilising condemning them to eternal torment in a fiery hell. WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES: At loss of life, people quit to exist. “The lifeless . . . are wakeful of no longer something in any respect,” states Ecclesiastes 9:5. as a results of fact the lifeless can't comprehend, experience, or adventure something, they can't injury—or help—the residing.—Psalm 146:3, 4. See additionally Genesis 3:19 and Ecclesiastes 9:6, 10.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ecc.ch.12 v.6-7 and 2 Cor.ch.5 v.8 also reread Luke 16,22-31 pay attention to verse 26 which explains what divides heaven and hell and can't be crossed,,

  • 1 decade ago

    "...the bosom of Abraham" is a metaphor and like much of the Bible can be confusing or misleading if taken literally.

    Chloe. if you live a good life as defined by the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments, the eternal life of your soul will be happy and peaceful one.

    God Bless,


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