Well then... how do you see heaven? What is heaven to you?
If you died today... where would you go? (don't just say heaven, describe the place as best you can).
Now I realize, none of us have been there yet, and we don't know everything about it. But you must have some idea
of what you think it is. As Hal Lindsey says... "we must go 'somewhere'".
A great many people believe in something called "soul sleep". You just 'sleep' in the grave until the resurrection. But even if this is the case, eventually you go somewhere else.
...or.... do we simply just return to the dust, and our spirit ceases to exist?
We don't have to debate or argue about it. I am just curious as to your perspective.
If I would die today or the rapture takes place -- there's a verse that says that being absent from this body is being immediately present with the Lord. I was just trying to find it. 11 Corinthians 5 talks about our earthly body / tent/ that becomes burdensome to us. And that "as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord..." At the moment of our salvation, the Holy Spirit came and indwelt us -- the sealing of the Holy Spirit -- until we are safe with Jesus Christ for ever.
And, you're right -- no one who's died has come back -- except, of course, Jesus Christ. He rose bodily with a glorified body.
And, then there are those who've had their 'near death experience'. Highly debatable.
The believers' 'hope' -- that which we're looking forward To --is being present with the Lord Jesus. Our body will be in the process of deteriorating. But the believer will be 'with Christ'. Where ever Christ is Is where we will be.
The alternative is being a non-believer -- according to Scripture -- Abraham's bosom still has a compartment where a person will be in torment. Waiting for final disposition in the lake of fire and brimstone.
The believers from the Old Testament were in a different part of Abraham's bosom -- I'm thinking that That was called Paradise. When Christ died on the cross, He went to Paradise to get those believers. And I've also heard it said that He also gave one last chance to those in 'torment' -- and maybe That is simply the RCC version of purgatory. And there are those who believe that life on this earth -- in This world -- Won't be our 'last chance' to accept Christ. It's like After the fact -- 'we' find out the Bible was really True and Now we'll accept it. But That isn't placing your faith in anything.
I don't believe God's Word teaches 'soul sleep'. Because That would not place the believer with Christ or in 'torment'.
Our spirit does not cease to exist. The non-believing world would like to Think that -- because then there would be no suffering to anticipate. Or that the fire in the lake of brimstone would quickly burn them up and they'd be non-existing fairly quickly.
At the time of resurrection -- we Will have our either glorified body (believers) or the body that we died in -- or what ever shape it was in when they died. That's one thing a born-again believer doesn't have to be concerned with.
The only place Scripture gives us a description of is the New Jerusalem -- in Revelation 21 or so.
And John 14:6 " In my house there are many mansion -- I am going to prepare for you. When He comes back for us -- He will have that prepared for us." yes, paraphrased.
So -- my perspective -- in a nut-shell.