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What happens the moment after you die?

“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side."  Luke 16:22-23

The minute we die, there is a separation - our spirit from our body and us from the earth.  We also are separated from loved ones which causes grief.

For those that love God and profess a true faith in him, they are escorted to a place referred to in the Bible as "paradise," "Abraham's side" or sometimes "heaven."  It is a spiritual location where the spirits are aware and in relationship with other believers, as seen in Luke 16 where the beggar was with Abraham himself.

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  2 Corinthians 5:8

For those that rejected God, they go to a different spiritual place called "Hades" or "Hell."  Their spirits are tormented and apparently alone.  They too are aware of their surroundings and not happy about it.

So the minute we die we are transported into a spiritual state to a spiritual place where we are awaiting the resurrection, the reuniting of our spirit with a new body that will last for eternity. 

For those that love God, that new body will enter a new heaven and a new earth, surrounded by relationships with fellow believers and God himself.

For those that rejected God, they too get a new body, but are sent to hell where they are separated forever from God and without any meaningful contact with others.