The Truth About Death

Meet the Hanson clan. Like any typical family they have their issues.

George the father of Jennifer and Sebastian is an



His wife Suzanne is into the

New Age


Suzanne's sister Mary is a

born again Christian

married to Tom.

Tom's mother recently died in a car accident.

When Rosealyn died, Tom really wanted to know what happened to his mom after death.

His friends and family had many different views on the subject.

George said "death is just the last step in our

evolutionary process


When you're dead, you're dead that's all. Enjoy life today, it's all you've got".

Suzanne told Tom "this is just a new beginning for your mother.

Now her soul is set free and she can come back again.

Perhaps as a cow or a human in the never-ending

circle of life


No one ever really dies.

Tom didn't like that idea too much since he's not a vegetarian.

The idea that he might be eating some relative or even his mom some day didn't sound right to him.

Tom's wife Mary said "my dear husband, I know you must be sad but your mother is now in


watching over you."

At first that sounded real good to Tom but then he wondered how much he liked the idea of his mother watching his every move now that she was in heaven.

It was bad enough when he was a child.

Tom's ever so sarcastic coworker said "perhaps she went to


or the

flames of hell

. Was she a good



As Tom thought about these conflicting views he felt an overwhelming desire to know the truth.

How could he know for certain

what happens once you die


The apparent darkness beyond the


troubled him a lot.

He thought,

if I die then what


I like my life and the idea that I might cease to exist


is rather terrifying.

So Tom set out on a journey to discover the

truth about death


He scoured the internet looking for answers, read articles, and watched videos of the subject.

But the more he read and the more he heard about


, the more confused he became.

Perhaps like Tom you've wanted to know

what really happens after death


Unfortunately you can't pick the after death version you most prefer.

Going up, going down, coming back around, or staying in the ground forever.

You can choose to believe what you want, but that doesn't make it true.

There aren't many truths on the subject, just one.

Since we believe the Bible is God's Word to us, we're going to discount the staying in the ground forever and coming back around ideas.

The Bible doesn't support those theories.

The secret to solving the

mystery of death

is found in the truth about the



Are you a soul or do you have a soul?

If you are a

living soul

there is nothing that leaves your body when you die.

The truth about death is important to understand because if you have a soul separate and distinct from the body, the door is thrown wide open to the world of







only has



If the soul never dies it must be


, but that idea is not found in the Bible either.

At the

tree of the knowledge of good and evil


said, "You shall not surely die". (Genesis 3:4)

Thus the first lie about man possessing immortality was told to Eve.

But God said, "if you eat the fruit of the tree you will die". (Genesis 2:17)

Who was right?

Satan or God


Adam and Eve and every human being since have fallen under the

hand of death


Everyone eventually dies.

No one will argue that fact, but what then?

A correct view of the soul is found in the book of Genesis.

It says the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

Notice the word "became".

Man "became" a living soul.

It took the body and the breath of life to make a living soul.

The word soul in hebrew means, "being" or "creature".

With the breath of life man became a living creature, or living being, or living soul.

Now the question then follows, did Adam have a creature or did he become a creature?

Did he have a being or did he become a being?

Did he have a soul or did he become a living soul?

A simple reading of the text makes it clear he became a living soul.

He did not have a soul distinct and separate from the body.

Take away the breath of life and man is no longer a living soul.

Simple. All that is left is the body without the breath of life.

Now he is a

dead soul

, a

dead creature

, or a

dead being


According to the Bible the word breath and spirit have the same meaning.

The Bible says "the breath returns to God who gave it"

It is the same as saying the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)

Some Christians believe the spirit is separate from the body.

That when a person dies his spirit goes to heaven as a conscious entity.

But is this true?

Note what solomon says, "The living know that they shall die but the dead know not anything.

Their love, their hate, and their jealousy have long since vanished.

Never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the Sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:5,6)

Tom's mother didn't go to heaven the day she died which means he can breathe a sigh of relief.

She won't be watching over his every move.

The breath of life returned to God who gave it and her body returned to the dust of the earth.

God said, "Dust you are and to dust you shall return". (Genesis 3:19)

God banished Adam and Eve from the tree of life so that man would not live forever.

It makes no sense then to say that when they died they would live forever. (Genesis 3:22-23)

Either in the flames of hell or go directly to heaven as a



The prophet Ezekiel said the soul that sins, it shall die. (Ezekiel 18:20)

And David said when a man dies in that very day his thoughts perish. (Psalm 146:4)

Jesus and many other Bible writers compared death to a



When his friend Lazarus had been dead for four days Jesus said, "he is asleep". (John 11:11)

His disciples didn't understand so Jesus said plainly, "Lazarus his dead". (John 11:14)

When people die they sleep in the grave until the resurrection.

When you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning eight hours seems just like a moment in time.

So it will be with the

sleep of death


But what about people who say their loved ones came to them in the night and told them about heaven?

Once you understand the simple truth about death it becomes apparent that all spiritual manifestations of people who have died are illusions,

evil spirits

posing as

deceased friends

and family who really are still in the grave.

It's not difficult for evil spirits to appear as someone from the past.

It happened to King Saul when he went to the

Witch of Endor

and an evil spirit impersonated the prophet Samuel. (1 Samuel 28)

The truth about death exposes the lies of Satan and reveals the many ways he has deceived people.

Paul wrote to Timothy, "the Spirit clearly says but in later times some would abandoned the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by


." (1 Timothy 4:1)

Tom finally discovered the truth about death.

It's just a sleep until the



He doesn't go up, down, or come back around, and he doesn't have to worry about his mom watching over his every move or eating a distant relative someday.

Best of all because of


he won't pass into oblivion.

He can have

life after death


Eternal life


And that my friend is the truth about death.