(Pro 14:32 KJV) The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
Every once in awhile I come across someone who claims that the Jews did not believe in “heaven”. By that I assume we mean an eternity with the blessings of God. I am not sure how they work that out with verses like this.
The afterlife exists. It is obvious to anyone who does not start out with a need to deny it and there are people like that. They even occupy positions as pastors and teachers of theology. If you find yourself listening to someone like this in church or class, it is time to leave because they have nothing to say that will not be tainted by their own personal superiority to the word of God.
The afterlife for the “righteous” (6662) is a good place. Here the word used is “hope" (refuge NASB) (2620). I don’t think that would overlap with ideas of a holding tank eternity. Some people claim that there is a kind of Limbo that souls go to. This would seem to be better than that.
So? Certain details of the Christian faith are basic. Embrace them and accept no substitutes. It contributes to our strength in these strange days.