Do Christians go directly to heaven after they die?

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Do Christians go straight to heaven after they die? Or are we asleep until Jesus’s second coming? I’ve heard arguments to both with some scriptual basis so I don’t know what to believe.


I had the same question not too long ago but came to the conclusion that we go to heaven after death. Paul expected to be with Christ after death and Christ is in heaven.

“I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭

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Here are a few scriptures which answers your question.Psalms 6:5 In the grave there is no rememberance of you. Psalms 31:17 The dead are silent in the grave. Ecclesiastes 12:7 .the Spirit returneth to God who gave it. John 3:13 No man hath ascended to heaven except he who came down… Acts of the Apostles 2:34 For not even David has yet ascended to heaven. So, if, not even David has gone to heaven why would anyone think they are going to heaven? Why would you need to be resurrected if you were already there? Revelation 20:5 It also says those ancients, the first fruits, who have died will be in the first resurrection

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust off the Earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and contempt. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, the we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.2 PETER 3:4 And saying where is the promise of coming for since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were since the beginning of creation. Deuteronomy 31:16 Behold thou shall sleep with thy fathers…..

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