Session Ten – What on Earth Happens to us When we Die?
Session Ten – What on Earth Happens to us When we Die?
In this session we explore the Christian hope that life after death includes a future bodily resurrection in a renewed creation.

What happens when we die? In contrast to the dualistic idea that we leave our bodies and become souls forever in an immaterial heaven, the Christian hope is of a future bodily resurrection in a renewed creation.

Discussion Points

Many religions have a body-soul dualism, believing that at death we leave our earthly body and become a disembodied soul in a heavenly eternity.

On p. 141, I explain that the biblical picture of a human being is not the dualistic idea of a soul waiting to escape from a body, but that, ‘God created us as integrated, embodied souls and that is also what we shall be in the new creation.’

On p.137 I argue that “The earth is not our temporary residence while we wait to escape to heaven, but the place where God created us to live and the place we will share for eternity with all of God’s creatures.”

The Apostle’s Creed states that, “I believe in the resurrection of the body.”

Look at this painting by Stanley Spencer titled ‘The Resurrection at Cookham Church’ (1924-7).

The Resurrection, Cookham 1924-7 Sir Stanley Spencer 1891-1959 Presented by Lord Duveen 1927

Down through the ages Christians have wondered what happens to them between the moment they die, and the time when Jesus returns, and the dead are raised.

The Christians in Corinth asked the apostle Paul, “How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have?” (1 Corinthians 15:35). To answer this question Paul used the analogy of a seed sown in the ground that ‘dies’ before giving birth to a mature plant.


Give thanks to God for the created goodness of being an embodied being.

Pray that he would give you a greater love for the created world around you through the hope of resurrection and new creation.