But, there is less disagreement in regards to what happens immediately upon our death, before Christ's Second Coming.
Jesus himself tells us. The first time, He tells us through a parable in Luke 16:19-31 known as the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. (The Rich Man went to Hades and was in torment; Lazarus went to Paradise.) Then during the Crucifiction, in a conversation with the other two men on the cross (Luke 23:41-45) “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Two possible outcomes: Paradise or Torment. We get to choose.
Dr. Charles Stanley expands on it in his sermon: (click on link)
Dr. Charles Stanley Sermon on What Happens after Death
This subject took on a special significance for me in March, this year (2016). I was diagnosed with colon cancer. After my diagnosis, I had to wait until my surgery to find out whether the cancer had spread or was contained. The question in my mind was: "Will I live a few more years, or is my death just a matter of a few months away?"
Unless our life is taken by an unexpected and tragic accident and/or our life ends suddenly, almost everyone will confront that same question. No matter what the answer, your mind will invariably focus on a more important question: "What Happens When I Die?"
The Bible answers the question. Whether you believe what it says depends on whether you believe Christ's own words. And the credibility of His words depends on which of the three descriptions you accept about Him:
X) He was a liar. Or the people who wrote the Bible made things up.
Y) He was a lunatic. Crazy. Out of His mind.
Z) Everything He said was and is TRUE!!!
Happy to report that my cancer was contained and removed totally by the surgery. (Praise God!) But, understanding where I was ultimately headed (as a Saved Born Again Follower of Christ) gave me great Peace and Courage. I was not afraid. Everything that Jesus said is true: