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After Death, the Souls of People Go Somewhere
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 1

Question Answer
At the moment a person's body dies, where does his soul go?

At death, a believer's soul goes into the presence of the Lord, but an unbeliever's soul goes to hell. 2 Corinthians 5:6b-8 – While we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When a person dies, his soul is instantly separated from his body. His body returns to dust for a time, but his soul goes somewhere
else immediately.

The Apostle Paul was confident that for him, as a believer, to be absent from his body was to be “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). So, if you know a Christian who has died, his or her body might be in the ground, but the soul itself is with the Lord.

The souls of unbelieving people do not enjoy the presence of the Lord. Instead, their souls immediately go to a place called hell. There are two stages to hell:

Temporary (soul only) – Hell is a place where the soul is in misery, awaiting a final judgment from the Lord. This is the temporary stage of hell. There are souls of people in this stage of hell right now. We can look at this stage of hell as the “first stop” for unbelievers.

Permanent (soul and body) – Hell is a place where both the soul and body of those who reject Christ are eternally punished. This is the eternal stage of hell (everlasting death) and is also called “the Lake of Fire.” We can look at this stage of hell as the permanent and “final stop” for unbelievers.