When You Die Where do You Go? That is a question all of us will ask at some point in our lives. The good news is that you can know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die. Want to know how to have that assurance? Click here now or read on to find out more.
“He who believes in Him (Jesus) is not condemned. But he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).”
Will I Go to Heaven When I Die?
If you are in Christ, you’re going to heaven.
Jesus came to earth to save us. There is no way to God, or heaven, except through Jesus. The Apostle Paul writes:
“While in the body we are absent from the Lord…I prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
Immediately after believers die, they are in Jesus’ presence.
While the Apostle Paul was alive, he longed to be with Christ. He said that’d be much better. But he also wanted to continue ministering to the Christians coming to faith in Jesus:
“But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart (by dying) and be with Christ, for that is very much better (Philippians 1:23).”
There isn’t one resurrection at the end of the world. There are several different judgments. And God resurrects some groups of people, all believers, at various times and before His last review (called the Great White Throne Judgment). Only unbelievers will appear at that judgment.
You Can’t Earn Your Way to Heaven by Being Good Enough
But no matter how well you lived, it won’t be good enough. That’s why Jesus became human and died for our sins. He is our Savior. He purifies believers in Him so they can go to heaven. Believers are good enough–not on their own merits–but because they are in Christ. When we believe, Jesus adds His righteousness to our account, and forgives our sin.
Jesus had this discussion with the thief on the cross who they crucified next to Jesus:
One of the criminals who were hanged there…was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” And He (Jesus) said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise (Luke 23:32-43).”
The thief had lived a sinful life. Yet, he became a believer, and Jesus promised he’d be with Jesus that same day (after they both died).
Jesus is the Only Way to Go to Heaven When You Die
If you’re not a believer, the answer is different.
“Jesus said… “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me (John 14:6).”
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells a parable about a rich man and Lazarus. A parable is like a figure of speech, so not all details of the parables are meant literally. However, the features must be true enough to life so that Jesus’ listeners can understand His teaching. Here’s what Jesus said about the rich man’s destination after he dies:
“(Lazarus died and)…the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame (Luke 16:22-24).'”
Will I Go to Hell When I Die?
In this parable, Jesus said that Hades is a place of torment. In Revelation 20, the Apostle John sees the eternal state of those not found in the book of life.
“Then I saw a great white throne.…And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds….Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).”
These dead are all unbelievers who appear before the Great White Throne for the final judgment. God will judge unbelievers according to how they lived their lives. The unbelievers’ cause is hopeless because no one is good enough to stand before God dressed in their deeds. People can only stand before God if they’ve placed themselves in Jesus Christ by believing in His Name.
When someone believes in Jesus, God signs their name in the Book of Life. But if God never writes their name in His book, they are thrown into the lake of fire. The Bible also calls this condemnation the second death, and there is no escape or recovery.
So, Where Will You Go When You Die?
here are two options, and you have full control over your destination:
- Those who believe in Jesus’ Name will go to heaven.
- Those who don’t will be in torment and eventually thrown into the lake of fire.