I'm sure I'll find out that at least one of you is passionate on this subject I'll deal with today and will be shocked (and sorely disappointed) that I am not :). So, in advance and anticipation, sorry.
I've listened in on and studied for years the "raging" debate of what happens when one dies. Do they go straight to heaven (aka Gus Nichols teaching I believe) or to a waiting place (aka Guy N. Woods). Frankly both positions make some good points with various scriptures and both make some arguments I can poke some holes in. So, frankly, I don't care. It's not because I haven't had anyone die who was significant to me, I've had several. "I don't care" may sound a little strong but I mean it. I see it this way, when I die if I go to a waiting place I'm willing to wait but if I go straight to heaven I won't protest and ask to be removed. I just don't want to feel any heat - that's my only objection to cremation :).
That said I heard an interesting thought today that I've never really related to this subject before. Christ told His disciples "I go to prepare a place for you." The obvious reference is to Heaven. Now, I suppose it's possible that some of the place was already ready to "move in" but I don't get that from the text. So if one goes straight to heaven at death - what about those who died before Christ - or as it's been called the Christian age?
There are many good arguments on both sides of this discussion. And this does not trump some of what I've heard it's just another thought.