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Death of Man: Intermediate State

Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative

Because the Bible does not say much about what happens to one’s soul upon death, there is considerable confusion and debate on the question of an intermediate state. The intermediate state is defined as the time between a person’s physical death and resurrection. Is there a place that a person’s soul goes to for a period of time before going on to heaven or hell?

1. Where is Sheol?

a. Nowhere. It is simply the grave.

b. Heaven.

c. Hell.

d. A place for the souls of Old Testament believers until Christ returns.

2. Purgatory is necessary because:

a. A Christian must make amends for his venial sins.

b. Penance has been inadequate.

c. It is the final stage of sanctification.

d. It is not necessary because it is a concept without any biblical basis.

3. Upon death, does the soul merely go to sleep?

a. Yes.

b. No.


To learn more about the answer to question #1, see:

What and Where is Sheol?

To learn more about the answer to question #2, see:

The Intermediate State: Purgatory… Does it exist?

To learn more about the answer to question #3, see:

The Intermediate State: Soul Sleep… Does it exist?

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