The belief systems constructed to answer “what happens when we die?” are prime examples of myths that have replaced God’s Truth. The answer is not hidden, not shrouded in mystery, it’s right there in the Bible. We sleep! It’s that simple.
Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death… Psalm 13:3
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2
When Yeshua arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute-players, and the crowd in an uproar, he said, “Everybody out! The girl isn’t dead, she’s only sleeping!” And they jeered at him. Matthew 9:23-24
When he arrived at the house, he didn’t allow anyone to go in with him except Kefa, Yochanan, Ya‘akov and the child’s father and mother. All the people were wailing and mourning for her; but he said, “Don’t weep; she hasn’t died, she’s sleeping.” They jeered at him, since they knew she had died. Luke 8:51-53
He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Yeshua spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Yeshua said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.” John 11:11-14
For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 1 Corinthians 11:30
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Yeshua. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15
The myth I was taught to believe is that if you die without belief in Christ, you live eternally tormented in Hell. The funny thing about this myth, now that I know the Truth, is that the word Hell comes from the Old English “hel” which basically refers to a pile of potatoes buried in the dirt. So the modern term “Hell” just means a hole in the ground covered with dirt – otherwise the “grave”. Well, we all die, none of us is immortal. So ironically, we could say that “we’re all going to hell”, because all of us will someday die and be buried in the grave.
What’s not funny about this myth is that it misrepresents God’s character. It is not in God’s character to eternally torment His creation – “to burn alive their sons and daughters to Molekh — something I did not order them to do, it never even entered my mind that they would do such an abominable thing” Jeremiah 32:35. The very concept of this “eternal hell-fire” myth is abhorrent to God. To say that “Hell”, as the church preaches it, is part of God’s plan is to grossly misrepresent God. It actually violates God’s commandment to “not bear false witness”.
So if all those who have died in all of human history are simply sleeping, what’s next? What’s the plan?
What happens when you wake up is the question for which you should be seeking the answer.