Well, do they? No. The problem is they think they do! So what! I hear you say, why don't you just leave them alone to think whatever they want? I would if they kept their silly notions and ideas to themselves but they don't, they teach them as Truth when they plainly are not. They even teach their own children this garbage. All this stuff and nonsense amounts to is just more religious mumbo jumbo and yet more fairy tale mainstream Christian myths, deceptions and lies.
This idea, and that is what it is, just an idea, is not Scriptural at all, as is their belief that Christians go to heaven. All these things, like Good Friday to Sunday morning taught as three days and three nights, Easter and Christmas as Christian festivals, are all deceptions of the Christian religion. (Please see all my articles on all these subjects) They are beliefs that have been handed down by a counterfeit church from generation to generation to generation and accepted without question by people who behave more like automatons and/or lemmings than inquisitive free thinking individual sons and daughters of God. Why do they not question anything? Delusion and non-Biblical obedience is the answer to that. The evidence to prove themselves wrong is right there in the Holy Scriptures, if only they really wanted to know of course. The strange contradiction here is, being deluded is more ‘comforting’ and ‘comfortable’ than being set free and living in The Truth or in The Light. All they have to do is carry on believing blindly what the men of religion tell them, and there is no way these men are going to encourage them to leave their ‘comfort zones’. They know if they do that, they will walk away from them; and so it goes on in perpetual motion or should I say in perpetual inertia?
Ok, where shall we begin with the evidence to prove Christians die and are still in their graves - dead? Let's start with the New Testament where Luke and Paul refer to dying as “falling asleep"
Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. The Apostle Stephen at the point of his death when stoned by an unbelieving mob, falls asleep. (He Died)
1 Cor 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep (have died). (All brackets mine)
From Strong's Concordance: koimaō koy-mah'-o From G2749; to put to sleep, that is, (passively or reflexively) to slumber; figuratively to decease: - (be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead.
In both these examples sleep means death and in both these examples we are talking about saved, born again believers who have died, not the unsaved. Hence we have the expression “They all died in Christ". We now need to know what happens when we die, because this is where all the fairy stories, myths and lies kick in. This time we will turn to the Old Testament for our evidence:
Eccl 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Psalm 115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
There we have it, the dead know nothing, the dead do not praise The Lord, they go down into the ground in silence and no one gives them any thanks. Quite plainly, Holy Scriptures tell us that the dead go into oblivion - a silent coma - nothingness. None of us are conscious of anything before our conceptions and when we die we return to that same unconsciousness, and the nearest thing that describes death is sleep - a very deep lifeless sleep.
What about spiritualists and mediums I hear you say? Yes, quite what about them? Don't they have contact with departed souls? To give them their proper title they're Necromancers which means they're dealers in evil spirits. They never make contact with dead human beings because they cannot - they're dead and this is all part of their lying deception. They only make contact with demons or demonic spirits who then play tricks on the silly, naive, gullible people in attendance with the medium. The real evil of this is that these charlatans take advantage of people when they are often still in their grief over the loss of a loved one. Take this article as a warning for these people are a representation of evil, it's all lies and tricks which the Devil is the father of.
Here below The Lord Jesus Christ admonishes the Pharisees in no uncertain terms: John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. The Devil is the father of lies and necromancers (mediums and spiritualists) being servants of the Devil are liars too.
What about ghosts and poltergeists? Again just tricks of the Devil's demons and these occurrences have nothing to do with departed dead people. Dead people are dead - period. They do nothing, they suffer nothing, they fear nothing, they sense nothing, they see nothing, they hear nothing, they say nothing and they have no thoughts - they're dead!! This is death, death steals life from us completely and that is why The Lord Jesus Christ came to conquer and defeat its hold over us. Ok, here's a question, if that's the case and people are dead how has He conquered death? He's conquered death because He's done it; the precedent has been set; no other human being has done what The Lord Jesus Christ has done. The Lord Jesus Christ is only the first to be resurrected and hundreds of thousands of people will eventually follow Him:
Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the first begotten or first born of the dead. All His Prophets, brothers and sisters are either dead in their graves awaiting the first resurrection when The Lord Jesus Christ returns or they are still alive today in this life. If any of us are still alive at His return we will be changed:
1 Cor 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. There it is for all Christians to see, the last trumpet shall sound. This trumpet is one of the trumpets spoken of in Revelation and angels blow these trumpets in fanfare style to announce things. These trumpets will sound at the triumphant return of The Lord Jesus Christ. What happens next? The dead are raised incorruptible which means as Spirit Beings. Ok, which dead people are raised? Those who died in Christ; faithful true believers, many of whom who were murdered for their belief in Him. Then what happens? Those who are alive at His return will be changed and notice, in the twinkling of an eye. In a split second those that are alive at His return will change from a physical being into a Spiritual Being.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
As an aside in this verse, notice, we are sons of God now and don't let any blaspheming son of the Devil tell you otherwise with their self-improvement ‘salvation’ and sanctification by process non-gospel.
Notice too we do not yet know what we will look like. What we do know though is what John tells us here, that whatever appearance or manifestation The Lord Jesus Christ has we shall be of similar appearance - we shall be like Him. We shall also see Him as He is. I trust you all realise how awesome all this real evidence is and how it makes a mockery of traditional mainstream Christian thinking? To prove it I will leave you with this vivid description of what the Lord looks like in His Heavenly guise:
Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps (chest) with a golden girdle.14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
In part two I will explain the origins of this lie that we all go to be with The Lord when we die.