The Bible presents a vastly different picture. It speaks of an ultimate Judgement Day "when the books shall be opened and the judgement set". It does not speak of life after death, but rather of life after Judgement Day.
The following statements are typical of a recurring theme throughout the Old Testament: "Our days on the earth are as a shadow and there is no abiding." (1Chr 29:15) "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." (Ps 146:4) "For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything at all...whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, whither thou goest." (Ecclesiastes 9:5-10).
Step by step we see:
- There is no abiding on the earth
- When we die our thoughts perish
- There is no reward of any kind immediately upon death
- There would be no need to open the books on Judgement Day if judgement had already been carried into effect.
More to come...