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This is actually the dominant view of Christianity: the doctrine of an intermediate state after death and before the resurrection. "Going to heaven" means being with God in a non-bodied but conscious spiritual way after we die, before we experience resurrected bodily life in the New Heavens and New Earth. The main alternative view is that of Christian ...


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The Biblical basis for using the expression “to be with the Lord” comes from the Apostle Paul who had this to say about his desire to be united with the Lord after death: Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would ...


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First, I would quote from the Hebrew scriptures in the Tanakh: “You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory.” (Psalm 73:24) “But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.” (Psalm 49:15) "The days of our years are threescore and ten...or if fourscore yet their strength is labour and ...


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Since the term "predestination" in your question specifically refers to God's choice of individuals for blessed eternal life or eternal damnation, after death, and with that understanding, I would like to make short comments: First, is it knowable? The answer is a "binary" one: if you are "in" then you are "not out." And the best place to find the ...


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Some Protestant Christians take Jesus' words in Luke 16:19-31 about the rich man and Lazarus to show that after the body dies, the soul exists in a conscious realm while awaiting the resurrection. The rich man didn’t ask for his brothers to pray for his release from some purgatorial middle ground, thereby expediting his journey to heaven. He knew he was in ...


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The other answers include many of the quotes I would cite. Here is one I do not see listed: When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge ...


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Hebrews 9:27, as cited by Caleb in his answer, is the single Bible verse that succinctly rejects Reincarnation for a person holding a Christian worldview. However, to really tackle the issue, you need to know what people mean by their terms. Miscommunication In that famous Hindu text, THE BHAGAVAD-GITA, Chapter 2, we have the Song Celestial. Here are a ...


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