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All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. Bible

“All go to one place.” That is, into the ground dead and eventually back to dust, as the rest of the verse says. Orthodox Christianity obscures the simple meaning of this verse by teaching that when a human dies their “soul” (or “spirit”) goes immediately to heaven or hell. When a person dies, they go into the ground and are dead in every way, their body turns back to dust and their soul is gone--dead—and stays dead until the resurrection.

[For more on dead people being genuinely dead and not alive in any form, see Appendix 4, “The Dead are Dead”].


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 3:20