I do not believe in heaven or hell, or god in general. I believe, however, that every person has a spirit, a personal god inside them. When we die, I believe that this spirit will leave a person's body, and go on a journey of exploration, learning everything about our world. Since knowledge is infinite, this journey is one that would take forever. Sometimes these spirits might be felt (such as when people remark upon the sitings of ghosts or angels or whatever else). That is what I believe.
A Christian can know for certain where He/She is going. That is why we have faith. This is why Christ came and died on this earth, so that we who believe in Him, may eternally be in the presence of God, not only on the earth, but in the life that is to come.
Christians need to grasp this. If you can't understand this, then you will struggle with all aspects of being a Christian.
Where will I go when I die? I'm rather sure that my body will go to a funeral home, to my church, and then probably a cemetery in Saint Joseph, MO.
However, answering the question as intended... Because I have trusted Christ as my savior, I believe that the words of Christ would be appropriate, that on that day, I would be with Him in paradise. I believe the words of Paul, "absent from the body, present with the Lord."
Thus, to answer the question, "heaven. Until my body is resurrected, and the new heaven and new earth are brought to pass (Revelation 21); then back to earth."
@hilonesomesound - I am atheist. I was asked once what I think happens after death, and I couldn't give a reasonable answer besides, "we sit in our graves and rot." So I thought, and came up with something that might be slightly more interesting. As far as I'm aware, yes, my ideas are original.
I am trusting in Jesus Christ (who He is and what He has done) alone for my salvation (from sin and to eternal life with God). Just a few of the better-known verses that teach this:
John 3:16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
Ephesians 2:8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
As far as a glimpse of what life in heaven and God's eternal kingdom in the new heaven and new earth is going to be like...check out Revelation 20-21.
I think I will sleep as Samuel did before Saul had him summoned up. After the sleep, at the end of this era we will all be judged and I will join those who have given themselves completely to the Lover of Our Souls in the new Heaven. Once there I will see Him face to face and sit ready with complete joy to do as He pleases.
@hilonesomesound - I do not believe in any god. I suppose that my earlier statement about how we all have gods inside ourselves, our spirits, would make me seem in some way theist... However, the definition of a god in most religions includes something like "all-powerful" and "all-knowledgeable" and so on... But my view of a personal spirit is nothing like that.
@musterion99@xanga - Why do you believe Christianity rather than what I have said? The idea of a Christian god and heaven and hell was also something made up by one man (and transported around by him and his disciples) 2000 years ago.
Because I didn't make up what Jesus said. He did. It's like... I have an invisible friend Bob, so of course I believe what Bob says. But you might have an invisible friend Sally, who you say exists but I can't see... So why would I believe anything that Sally supposedly says?
@hilonesomesound - First off, I'd like to point out that the question asked what everyone believes will happen. It's my belief, and if you don't like it, that's your own problem.
Second off, duh Christianity was made up. Someone had to think of the ideas and so on in it. Or multiple people - Jesus and his disciples. Judaism and Islam and Buddhism and Hinduism and Wiccan and Scientology were also all made up by someone who decided that that's what they thought was a good explanation for how the world works. Christianity didn't just pop up out of nowhere. Someone had to think of it.