The Bible records several accounts of resurrections. A gotquestions' article titled How many people were raised from the dead in the Bible? lists several examples:
- The widow of Zarephath’s son (1 Kings 17:17–24)
- The Shunammite woman’s son (2 Kings 4:18–37)
- The man raised out of Elisha’s grave (2 Kings 13:20–21)
- The widow of Nain’s son (Luke 7:11–17)
- Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:40–56)
- Lazarus of Bethany (John 11)
- Various saints in Jerusalem (Matthew 27:50–53)
- Tabitha (Acts 9:36–43)
- Eutychus (Acts 20:7–12)
- Jesus (Mark 16:1–8)
If people remain conscious after bodily death, it stands to reason that the resurrected individuals from these stories had to be conscious while they were dead. Therefore, they had to get to experience the afterlife, even if it was only for a few hours or a few days. For example, Lazarus of Bethany (John 11) was dead for 4 days. That means 4 days of conscious experiences on the "other side". Or think about the resurrection of the various saints in Jerusalem (Matthew 27:50-53). These folks were probably in Abraham's bosom for a very long time, possibly hundreds of years. That is, hundreds of years of extraordinary conscious experiences in the afterlife.
With this in mind, a natural question to ask is: Where are their testimonies? How come we can't find even a single Biblical account of the afterlife experiences of any of these resurrected individuals?
If the dead are conscious, then why is the Bible silent about the afterlife experiences of those who were resurrected and had the chance to tell us about it, but for some mysterious reason didn't?