If people go straight to heaven or hell when they die, then explain these bible verses...?
" And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrels the breath of life, and man became a living soul ". Genesis 2:7
To rightly understand what happens when a person dies, we need to start with how God gave life to man in the beginning.
The bible plainly says, that God made man from dust, from the elements of the earth, at the beginning of earths history. Notice it does not say God gave man a soul, but that man " became " a soul after God conbined the body with the breath of life.
What happens when a person Dies?
The bible says:
" then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it " Ecclesiastes 12:7
At death the reverse of creation occurs: the body returns to dust, and the spirit goes back to God, the one who gave it. The spirit of every person who dies - wether righteous or wicked - returns to God at death.
There is nothing mysterious about this spirit - nowhere in the bible does it say this spirit has life, wisdom, or feeling when a person dies.
" The spirit of God ( the breath that God gave him ) is in my nostrils " Job 27;3....which means it is the " breath of life " and nothing more......it sure dosnt mean we have a conscious spirit living in our nose that mysteriously goes floating off to heaven or hell as soon as we die......the spirit is the breath of life.
Also read Ecclesiates 9 5, 6, 10....Job 14:12, 21....Psalms 146:4
Last but not least.....Satan was the first to lie about what happens when we die... Genesis 3:4
Satan, speaking through the serphant, told Eve that sin would not bring death. " ye shall not surely die " he said, even though God told Adam and Eve that they would surely die. The devil is the first one who said man is immortal despite God's clear teaching.
And why does Satan want us to believe we dont really die?
Throughout history Satan has worked powerful miracles through people who claim to receive their power from the spirits of the dead ( Examples; Magicians of Egypt, Exodus 7:11...Woman of Endor, 1 Samuel 28: 3 -25....Sorcerers, Daniel 2:2.
And in the end times, Satan will again use sorcery to deceive the world ( Revelation 18: 23 ). Sorcery is a supernatural agency that claims to receive its power and wisdom from the spirits of the dead. So posing as godly loved oneswho have died, Bible prophets, or even the apostles of Jesus ( 2 Corinthians 11: 13 ). Satan and his angels will deceive billions. Those who believe the dead are alive , in any form, will most assuredly be deceived.......are you going to believe what the bible says or will you believe a lie?