Where Are The Dead?

Written by Stephen Kingery

Death is a subject that most people seem to avoid discussing. It would seem that people fear death because ofrepparttar mystery that surrounds it. Onrepparttar 141344 other hand, whenever someone claims to have had an out-of- body experience, people will listen intently aboutrepparttar 141345 story. Television shows about people who have supposedly died and come back to life with these out-of-body stories are very popular. People are looking for something to comfort them concerningrepparttar 141346 here-after. We know thatrepparttar 141347 comfort lies in Christ. So, lets take a look at whatrepparttar 141348 Scriptures have to say aboutrepparttar 141349 dead and where they are. Our comfort lies inrepparttar 141350 resurrection of Jesus Christ, for He said, "I amrepparttar 141351 resurrection andrepparttar 141352 life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:25,26) This Scripture is not referring to eternal life inrepparttar 141353 physical state that we now exist. It is talking about eternal life inrepparttar 141354 spiritual since, in that our spirit shall live on for eternity with Christ if we obeyrepparttar 141355 gospel. However, we shall receive a new body (See John 14:1-4 & II Corinthians 5:1-5).

We must recognize that "death" does not mean cessation of life, but separation. Death inrepparttar 141356 physical since isrepparttar 141357 separation ofrepparttar 141358 soul and spirit fromrepparttar 141359 physical body. Life, inrepparttar 141360 real since, is contained inrepparttar 141361 soul. The capacity to experience love, joy, understanding, loneliness, excitement, and so forth isrepparttar 141362 expression of life. Our physical body is merely a place of residence (a house if you will) for our soul to stay while we are here on earth.

Where does our soul go upon death ofrepparttar 141363 body? To fully understandrepparttar 141364 answer to that question, we must first know where we are before death. Where we go after death depends upon where we are before death.

Those of us living on earth that are ofrepparttar 141365 age of accountability are in one of two places:repparttar 141366 church, orrepparttar 141367 world. The church was founded by Christ, "...on this rock I will build My church, andrepparttar 141368 gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18b) The church is made up of all those who have obeyedrepparttar 141369 gospel and are repentant baptized believers. These that remain faithful torepparttar 141370 end shall live for eternity with Christ as is indicated in John 11:25,26.

Those who have reachedrepparttar 141371 age of accountability and choose not to obeyrepparttar 141372 gospel are ofrepparttar 141373 world. They are subjects of Satan and reside in his kingdom (the world). They are sinners who enjoy and lust after things of this world. They refuse to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Baptism isrepparttar 141374 dividing line betweenrepparttar 141375 world andrepparttar 141376 church. By being baptized (immersion)repparttar 141377 repentant believer comes into contact withrepparttar 141378 saving blood of Christ. Salvation is thus realized throughrepparttar 141379 forgiveness of our sins and we are in Christ.

Where did souls go beforerepparttar 141380 death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ? To understand this we must realize that three different words are translated as "hell" inrepparttar 141381 King James Version. These three words are Hades, Gehenna, and Tartarus. Hades meansrepparttar 141382 abode ofrepparttar 141383 dead, not a place of eternal punishment. We can see this by reading Acts 2:27-31 where it is reported that Jesus went to Hades at death. We also see that Hades will be eventually cast intorepparttar 141384 lake of fire -- Hell if you will -- atrepparttar 141385 last day. (See Revelation 20:14) Gehenna means place of eternal punishment as seen in Mark 9:43-47. The word translated as hell in these verses isrepparttar 141386 word Gehenna. Tartarus is an intermediate state of punishment. "For God did not sparerepparttar 141387 angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement;" (II Peter 2:4) The word translated as hell in this passage is Tartarus.

Remember that we said that Hades wasrepparttar 141388 abode ofrepparttar 141389 dead. Paradise was a part of Hades. This is indicated byrepparttar 141390 fact that Jesus went to Hades after He died onrepparttar 141391 cross. He toldrepparttar 141392 thief that he would be with Him in paradise. Therefore, paradise must have been a part ofrepparttar 141393 abode ofrepparttar 141394 dead at that time.

So, we see that atrepparttar 141395 time Jesus was crucified, Hades consisted of Paradise and Tartarus. This fact is supported byrepparttar 141396 story ofrepparttar 141397 rich man and Lazarus told by Jesus. This account shows thatrepparttar 141398 dead were either in a place of bliss or paradise (Abraham's Bosom) or a place of torment with a gulf separatingrepparttar 141399 two. Tartarus will eventually be cast intorepparttar 141400 lake of fire -- Gehenna.

When Jesus ascended into heaven He took paradise and allrepparttar 141401 Old Testament faithful with Him.

Why I Don't Speak In Tongues - Part II

Written by Stephen Kingery

In part 1 of "Why I Don't Speak In Tongues" I discussedrepparttar purposes of tongues given inrepparttar 141343 New Testament. Speaking in tongues (or being able to speak a language in which one has not been trained) was given torepparttar 141344 apostles and certain others inrepparttar 141345 New Testament to do two things: (1) to establishrepparttar 141346 authority ofrepparttar 141347 person workingrepparttar 141348 sign, and (2) to confirmrepparttar 141349 Word ofrepparttar 141350 Lord. Signs were credentials from God showing thatrepparttar 141351 person was speaking with His authority, and wonders wererepparttar 141352 effects on those hearing or being witnesses ofrepparttar 141353 signs. (For a full explanation, see "Why I Don't Speak In Tongues, Part I.")

I have several friends who practicerepparttar 141354 "speaking in tongues" as it is taught today byrepparttar 141355 Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. As a result of discussing this with many of them, being "taught" by them inrepparttar 141356 doctrine of "speaking in tongues," and in attending church services of Charismatics, I have decided on some personal reasons and observations why I don't want to participate in this kind of conduct. In part 2, I would like to share some of my thoughts concerning this.

(Forrepparttar 141357 purposes of this article, when it is given as - speaking in tongues -, I am referring torepparttar 141358 Biblical meaning; and - "speaking in tongues" -I am referring torepparttar 141359 Pentecostal/Charismatic meaning.)

Charismatics will tell you that if you "speak in tongues," it is evidence that you have receivedrepparttar 141360 baptism ofrepparttar 141361 Holy Spirit. It is evidence (or proof) then, thatrepparttar 141362 one who "speaks in tongues" is a true Christian. The logical conclusion is that anyone who does not "speak in tongues" is not a true Christian. This is of course a misinterpretation ofrepparttar 141363 Scriptures concerningrepparttar 141364 baptism ofrepparttar 141365 Holy Spirit, however I will save that discussion for a future article. So, let's examine what is really being taught here.

God is not a respecter of persons. In other words, we are equal (if we are children of God) in His eyes. What He has promised to one, He has promised to all. If God has intended forrepparttar 141366 sign of speaking in tongues to extend beyondrepparttar 141367 time ofrepparttar 141368 apostles, then all Christians would be able to perform this sign.

"Speaking in tongues" has no practical value. I said in part 1 of this article that speaking in tongues as was practiced byrepparttar 141369 apostles was to show with what authority they (the apostles) spoke, and to confirm thatrepparttar 141370 Word ofrepparttar 141371 Lord was true. What practical value or for what purpose does "speaking in tongues" have for us today? We haverepparttar 141372 Holy Bible which has been preserved by God and passed down from generation to generation to us today. Is it impossible for us to acceptrepparttar 141373 Bible asrepparttar 141374 Word of God? Do we need it to be confirmed again byrepparttar 141375 sign of speaking in tongues? I had a Charismatic friend tell me thatrepparttar 141376 reason I could not "speak in tongues" was because I did not have enough faith. Believe me when I tell you that I can fully acceptrepparttar 141377 Holy Bible asrepparttar 141378 Word of God and Jesus Christ as His only Son without "speaking in tongues." Jesus said, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29) So who hasrepparttar 141379 stronger faith, one who needs a "sign," or one who hearsrepparttar 141380 Word of God and believes?

Is "speaking in tongues" a sign for unbelievers? "Speaking in tongues" is practiced by many conflicting doctrines, even some pagan religions practice a form of "speaking in tongues." There are many Scriptures which tell us in no uncertain terms that there is one doctrine which is true, not many. Paul tells us, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4:4-6) If "speaking in tongues" is a sign for unbelievers, how is one to know which doctrine isrepparttar 141381 "one faith" that Paul speaks of?

The Charismatics claim thatrepparttar 141382 gift of speaking in tongues is still in existence today. However,repparttar 141383 speaking in tongues as practiced byrepparttar 141384 apostles and other New Testament people was being able to speak a language, a known language, which was foreign torepparttar 141385 one doingrepparttar 141386 speaking, andrepparttar 141387 one doingrepparttar 141388 speaking having NOT been trained in that language. (See Acts Chapter 2) The "speaking in tongues" as practiced byrepparttar 141389 Charismatics (and others) is a supposed heavenly or spiritual language used only by angels and others inrepparttar 141390 spirit realm. The Charismatics also claim that there are some who haverepparttar 141391 gift of being able to interpret "tongues."

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