Q. I read in your answer to Where Were Their Spirits posted on 4-10 that you mention Tabitha’s spirit having not departed. And that Eutychus’ spirit also had not departed before he was raised from the dead. But I’ve always understood that (2 Cor. 5:8) “absent from the body, present with the Lord” meant just that. Once a believer dies their spirit is immediately transferred to Heaven and does not linger around for even one second much less a few days. Have I misunderstood this? And if I have where can I find evidence for this in scripture.
Q. If there are no marriages in heaven, where does that leave the family unit? I lost a baby at 6 weeks old, How will she be in heaven? What about all the family reunions everyone looks forward to in heaven? Will we even be know as we are here? Continue reading…
Q. I know we are not to contact the dead, and I do not seek to do so. Two hours after my husband died, however, I felt that his spirit walked through my body. That is, his spirit approached me from behind, briefly was “in” my body, making me feel that he was now healthy and walking, and then walked onward swiftly. It lasted only seconds. I did not ask for this contact. But I believe it happened. Is this permitted by God? If this is not permitted, I am troubled, because I believe it happened.
Q. I come from a family where the women have big hips and some are just plain fat all over. I am over weight and I know the Lord wants us to take care of our bodies. My question may be insignificant to some but to me it is important. I have had to deal with being made fun of when I was over weight and then had to deal with negative comments for my wide hips when I was at my perfect weight. No matter if I was fat or skinny I always had negative comments made about my shape. So, when I get to heaven is God going to give me a perfect shaped body? Or will I still look like an hour glass that was blown up a little to much. I know I shouldn’t even worry about that but after being treated this way it would be nice to finally be proportioned positively.
Q. During a recent discussion about the Apostles Creed, the question came up as to why Jesus descended into hell before He rose from the dead. One of the proposed answers was that it was so that Jesus could take the keys to hell and death from Satan. However, we are unable to locate any scripture to support this proposed answer. We do find that in Revelation 1:18, He has the keys to hell and death. When and how did He get them?
Q. Where do believers go after death? Do they go straight to heaven, or a lower level of heaven, or a waiting room? In 1 Thessalonians it talks about the dead in Christ rising.Where do dead believers rise from ?
Q. Reading “Is Only God Immortal?” today and I have a hard time understanding how our soul is eternal already and the eternity of life in hell. If God grants us eternal life through a belief in Christ’s gift to us, then it would be safe to say we don’t have it yet, or before our belief. Reading John 3:36 seems to say to me that you will either have life, or not have life. Wouldn’t an eternal life in hell still be a life? Could Paul in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 have meant that the fire is eternal, the destruction is eternal, not the time some spend there?
Q. Because I have accepted Christ as my savior I know that I am going to die and be in the presence of Christ. What about people who die in sin, who were in denial and attempted to understand salvation by Grace,or who believed in something that was totally false. When they die and go to Sheol till the Great White Throne Judgment will they know immediately upon death that they were wrong and that Salvation by Faith was the true way. Will their eyes be opened or will they be in limbo until the Great White Throne?
Q. I once heard a speaker who said he had died (or was taken away on an amazing trip – he’s not sure which) while suffering a heart attack. He saw Satan’s heaven, and the outside of God’s heaven. He was instructed and informed about many things and came back to consciousness in the hospital. He spent the rest of his life (he may still be alive) traveling the world to tell his story. I met him in Hawaii in 1990 or so and heard him tell his story at least twice. I was a new Christian then and I’m sorry that I can’t really remember too much about his story due to my ignorance then. One of the things he said he was told was that there is no age, sex or race in heaven. Have you ever heard that said before or do you have a teaching about that subject?
Q. I’m very, very thankful for your site! I’d like to ask you a question about the Great White Throne of judgment. My mom use to say that believers would not be at the judgment of the unbelievers, because it would be too painful for them to see people they knew, being thrown into the lake of fire. I believe we will be there, because we will forever be with the Lord. Would you tell me what you think about this?