FAQ: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory? What Happens When We Die?

Warm Up Question

Do you believe in: Heaven? Hell? Purgatory?

Questions for Christians

When we die do believers go to Heaven immediately?
Are Heaven and Hell physical places?
Do people experience different “heavens” or “hells”?
Can my loved ones see me?
Can someone repent after death?
What about “The Resurrection”?
Is Heaven the New Jerusalem?
What about those who’ve never heard the Gospel?

Questions for Non-Christians

Do you believe people have souls?
If so, does the soul survive death? If not, is death the end?
If you don’t believe in an afterlife, Why not? If you do, why?
What about near-death experiences?

Some Scriptures on Life After Death

The inevitability and finality of death: Gen 2:17; 3:19; Job 1:21; 16:22; Ps 39:5; 49:10; 89:48; 90:10; 104:29; 146:4; Eccl 9:10; Isa 40:6–8; Hos 13:14; Rom 5:12; 6:23; 1 Cor 15:21; Heb 9:27; Jas 4:14

The place of the dead before judgment. Sheol / Hades / the Grave / the Pit / Abraham’s Bosom / Paradise: Num 23:10; 1 Sam 2:9; Job 14:13; Ps 6:5; 16:10; 30:3; 49:15; 86:13; 88:11–12; 116:15; Prov 2:18–19; 30:16; Eccl 9:10; 12:7; Isa 14:9–11; 38:18; Dan 12:2; Matt 11:23; Luke 16:23; 23:43; Acts 2:27–31; Rom 14:8; 2 Cor 5:8; 12:3–4; Phil 1:23; 1 Thess 5:10; Rev 14:13; 20:13–14

Judgement and the resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous: Gen 22:4–6; Eccl 3:17; Isa 24:21–22; Ezek 37:1–14; Dan 7:9–10; 12:2; Zeph 1:14–18; Matt 13:39–43, 49; 25:31–33, 46; John 5:22, 28–29; 12:48; Acts 17:31; 24:15; Rom 2:16; 14:10–12; 1 Cor 4:5; 15:52; 2 Cor 5:10; Phil 3:21; 1 Thess 4:16; 2 Thess 1:6–7; 2 Tim 4:1; Heb 9:27; 1 Pet 4:5; 2 Pet 3:10; Rev 20:11–15

Gehenna / Hell / the Abyss: 2 Kgs 16:3; 2 Chr 28:3; Isa 66:24; Jer 7:30–32; 32:35; Matt 5:29–30; 10:28; 13:40–42; 18:8–9; 25:41; Mark 9:42–48; Luke 8:31; 12:4–5; John 3:36; Heb 10:26–29; 2 Pet 2:4; 3:7; Rev 9:1–2; 17:8; 20:1–10, 15; 21:8

New Jerusalem / New Heaven and New Earth: Lev 26:3–13; Ps 14:7; Isa 2:2–5; 11:6–9; 65:17–25; 66:22; Ezek 36:8–12; Amos 9:13–15; Matt 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 12:32; 20:35–36; 22:28–30; John 14:2–3; 17:2; Acts 3:21; Rom 6:23; 11:25–27; 2 Cor 4:17; Heb 11:16; 12:26–28; 13:14; 2 Pet 3:12–13; Rev 2:7; 3:12; 21:1–4, 10, 22–23; 22:1–5

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