Is There A Third Option After Death?

19 10 2013

Question: Is there a third option after death?

 

Answer: The answer to this question is no there is not. When we die the Bible makes it clear that we go either to Heaven or to Hell. Let me show you a few of the verses commonly used to teach this heretical doctrine.

By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Peter 3:19) This verse came up to me just the other day and the person asking me about it was told that this prison was a temporary place between Heaven and Hell.

This idea is taught no place else in Scripture and is easily disproven by looking right down at the next verse, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

The people being spoken of are those who perished in the flood and the prison they are in is Hell. There is no reference being made here to some third option or some temporary holding place.

Another passage used is Ephesians 4:8-10, “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”

 

This passage is talking I believe about those who were taken to Heaven upon Christ’s resurrection. Before Jesus died on the cross no one could enter Heaven because their sins were not forgiven. The Bible says that the old sacrifices could not take away sin, “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:1-4)

These were kept waiting in a place the Bible refers to as Paradise or Abraham’s Bosom. This is where Jesus went after His death because He told the thief who believed, “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)

This place is also referred to in Luke 16:22, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.” This place most likely in the center of the earth was separated from the tormented in Hell by a great chasm, “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” (Vs. 26)

When Jesus went there according to Peter He preached to those who were on the torment side. It is unknown what He said to them. My guess would be He was pronouncing their eternal fate sealed by His sacrifice for sin.

The passage in Ephesians is in reference to Jesus leading these redeemed to Heaven after making the sacrifice for sin on the cross and opening the way into Heaven for all those who died waiting for the Messiah. I believe we see another reference to it in Matthew 27:52-53, “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that there is a place called purgatory where we must go to pay for our sins before going to Heaven but Scripture gives this idea no place and the thought that we could pay for our own sins not only cheapens the sacrifice of Jesus but it denies it’s sufficiency.

 

 

 

 

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