Where does the soul go after death?

The human soul is ‘me’ – the one who lives on even after my body is no more.

If I have been perfectly good my soul would go on to eternal joy. If I have any wickedness or shortcoming it would be headed for eternal punishment.

The Bible says that ‘all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God’. In other words, there is no one who has been perfectly good enough to earn heaven.

Some common views suggest that one could go to heaven, if my good deeds outweigh my bad deeds. But one bad deed (even in my thought life) makes me a law-breaker. Let’s consider a case when you have broken a traffic signal. The police officer calls you aside and tells you that you going to be fined for it. Suppose you argue with the officer that you’ve always kept the law – you’ve been wearing you seat-belt, your pollution under control documentation is intact, your number plate has followed the required lettering system etc. Can you demand that he let you off? No! In the eyes of the law. You are a law breaker and have to pay the penalty.

In like manner the Bible says that the ‘wages’ of sin is ‘death’. In other words, separation from eternal joy. So, as law-breakers in the eyes of God, we have been sentenced to punishment. Yes, everyone of us.

But don’t dismay. The good news is that Jesus Christ who became man lived among us as the ‘only good one’ without any sin, either in deed or in thought. He faced an unjust trial and died on the cross where he paid for our disobedience, rebellion, and sin. Those who put their trust in him can exchange their ‘bad deeds’ for His ‘eternal life’.

You can do the same too and have the certainty that you will have eternal life of joy in the presence of God Himself.


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