Originally posted by Monsoon X
I believe your spirit goes to either Paradise or Hades.
Read the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man in the Gospels. I believe it's in Matthew
You haven't been judged but when you die you do have an idea where you're headed.
This is for MadKat and JC and anyone else interested of course.
Paradise: A holding place for the saved prior to the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven (the completion of our atonement). When Jesus said today you will be with me in paradise, that is a true statement as paradise was not yet emptied but soon would be! Refer to II Peter for supporting scripture. When Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave he led those in paradise home to glory (heaven).
Hades: Temporary holding place for the LOST. In Revelation 20, speaking of the Great White Throne Judgement, the departed lost souls are brought before God in judgement, then to be flung into the ETERNAL lake of fire which burns for ever and ever.
NOW POST-DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION:
Here we are today (praise the lord) after Jesus and Calvary. When a believer dies today they go straight to heaven.
Scripture to study (many many more):
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
--Christ is in heaven on the right hand of God!
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
--Where is the Lord? In heaven!
But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
--Stephen before he died looked up into heaven and saw Jesus calling him home!
I hope this helps!