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Why does Paul say “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” if he doesn’t believe that souls go to heaven? (Philippians 1:23)

This is a very famous verse precisely because it appears to contradict Paul’s other teaching on death, sleep in the dust, and a future resurrection at the return of Christ. 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 […]

What is the rapture? : “Caught up . . . in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

“Rapture”, although the word in English now means an emotional state, something akin to a frenzy or trance, originally just meant “snatched away”. It occurs in several Bible verses, but the one that is the base of some Protestant churches’ teaching about a “rapture to heaven” is based on a misreading of these two verses: […]

Will the earth have room for all the resurrected in the Kingdom?

“The world’s living population now stands at about eight billion. With the return of Christ, many people who are dead will awake. The population of the world will multiply.  Question: How would Christ judge so many people? Please explain Christ’s judgment on the resurrection.” There are two parts to this question – firstly how many […]

What happens after death?

This is a very basic Bible topic, and perhaps the most basic building block of all other Bible questions, so it probably requires more than a quick answer. However the short answer is this: after death men return to dust (Genesis 3:19 etc.), after which men sleep, knowing nothing (Isaiah 38:19 etc.), and those who […]

What does it mean Jesus is the first and the last?

Jesus is of first importance in God’s plan with humankind and the universe.   Consider Colossians 1:15-20: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  (16)  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were […]

Will our bodies be resurrected like Jesus was?

Yes. This is a wonderful, important (1 Cor. 15:12-19) part of the Christian faith that the apostle Paul writes about in 1 Corinthians 15. Two of the relevant parts of that chapter are: In 1 Corinthians 15:23 Paul says that Christ is the first of those to be raised: his resurrection is the forerunner, the […]