What happens when we die?

Jesus told a story about two men who died:

‘There was once a rich man who dressed in the most expensive clothes. He lived in great luxury every day.

There was also a poor man. His name was Lazarus. He had sores all over his body.

Someone used to bring him to the rich man’s gate. Bits of food fell from the rich man’s table. Lazarus hoped that he would be able to eat them. Even the wild dogs came and tasted his sores.

The poor man died. The angels carried him to sit next to Abraham at the great dinner in heaven.

The rich man died, and people buried him. And in Hades he was in great pain. He looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, “Father Abraham! Please pity me. Send Lazarus to put the end of his finger in water and make my tongue cool. For I am in great pain in this fire!”

But Abraham said, “My son, remember this. You received all the good things while you lived on earth. Lazarus had all the bad things. Now he is happy, and you have pain. Anyway, there is a very wide gap between us. That stops people who want to cross from here to you. Neither can anyone cross over from you to where we are”.

The rich man said, “Father Abraham, please send Lazarus to my father’s house. Because I have five brothers. Let him go and warn them. Then they will not have to come to this place of pain”.

Abraham said, “Your brothers have a warning in what Moses and the prophets wrote. Your brothers should listen to what they say”.

The rich man answered, “That is not enough, father Abraham. But if someone were to rise from death. If they were to go to them, then they would turn to God”.

But Abraham said, “If they will not listen to God’s word, they will not turn to him. Not even if someone did rise from the dead” (Luke 16:19-31)

To find out more, about what the Bible says, Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians.

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