The last time, I looked at when people are judged. Most of these thoughts are sparked by my textbook, The Judgment Seat of Christ by Samuel Hoyt. However, Hoyt doesn’t have much to say about what happens between death and a person’s judgment. While he had a small section on purgatory, the main emphasis there was showing that that the concept isn’t justified by Scripture. Since he brought up the subject, and it appears from my previous post that there is a time between a person’s judgment and their death, I’ll post my thoughts on these various beliefs.
There are several options that have had various followings.
· Annihilation – there is nothing after death. This has two flavors.
o Everyone is gone after death and we cease to exist.
o Only unbelievers are extinguished from existence.
· Catholic Options Immediately After Death
o Hell – eternal punishment for those who are in a state of wickedness.
o Purgatory – this is the place where believers go who are not spiritually perfect to become perfected.
o Heaven – eternal reward for those who are completely purified when they die (or become purified in purgatory).
· Soul Sleep – this is the belief that when someone dies, he sleeps or is unconscious until his resurrection and then faces judgment. This applies to both believers and unbelievers.
· Instantaneous Resurrection – this is the belief that upon death a believer receives a transformed heavenly body.
· Disembodied Existence – this is the soul departing the body to go to paradise (believers) or Hades (unbelievers).It is possible to write a book on each of these topics so I’ll try to briefly express what each one is in a post and scriptural basis for it. My conclusions will come in the last post. I'll start with annihilation in my next post.
 Samuel L. Hoyt, The Judgment Seat of Christ: a Biblical and Theological Study (Milwaukee, WI: Grace Gospel Press, 2015), Chapter 4.
 Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology, 3 ed. (Grand Rapids, USA.: Baker Academic, 2013), 81-84, Kindle.
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