Heaven is a place of eternal life, in the presence of God.

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Biblical reference that if someone is saved through someone else, that creates a “reward” or “treasure” in heaven?

So, I'm trying to find a passage which I believe exists somewhere in the Bible (possibly written by Paul, but maybe not), where the writer rejoices in those who have been saved through his works ...
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Does the Bible support the idea of a temporary holding place?

A friend once told me about the idea that there are two temporary "holding places", so to speak. If a person died and would go to Heaven, but that time had not yet come, they would go to a temporary ...
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What can we speculate from scripture about our resurrection bodies? [closed]

If we will have physical resurrected bodies that are immortal, indestructible, incorruptible, perfect, strong, healthy, everlasting, ever living, my question is how much can we expect to be capable ...
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Mark 10:29-30 vs Matthew 19:28-29: when will we receive our reward?

Why is there a difference between Mark 10:29-30 and Matthew 19:28-29? Matthew 19:28-29 (NIV) Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on ...
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Does it state ANYWHERE in the Bible that pets can or can not go to heaven?

I've heard it both ways , but can't seem to find it. Some have told me dogs have no soul so they can't go, but I am sure my dog feels guilt when he steals food from the cat. Is that not a sign of a ...
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What is the minimum amount of action required to get in to heaven? [closed]

I've had this discussion with a number of my Christian friends, and have never managed to get a definitive answer. There may not be just one, but I'd like some scriptural backings for each opinion, ...
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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question: Is one who is "least in the kingdom of heaven" still in heaven? addresses the first part of my question. Please feel free to go there ...
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Will there be “new people” or reproduction in heaven or “the next life?”

I'm looking for a Biblical answer to this question: will there be any new people in heaven? An equivalent question: are the people created in this life (on Earth) the only people who will ever exist? ...
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Was Jesus' resurrected body the same as his glorified body that he now has in heaven?

Most people understand that the Scriptures teach that the body in which Jesus was crucified was the same body that came out of the grave, but that the body in which He now dwells in, was that  changed ...
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Can people come back from Heaven or Hell? [closed]

Is it possible for a person to come back to earth (e.g. as a ghost) from Heaven or Hell? We have had some weird happenings at our house, and I am trying to figure out what is going on. Our room mate ...
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Moral implications of heaven and hell doctrine [closed]

Many Christians believe that when a person dies, they go to either heaven or hell. Catholics believe in purgatory, but most Protestants seem to not believe in this doctrine. Furthermore, the vast ...
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Christian denominations that believe in salvation for non-Christians [duplicate]

Are there any denominations in Christianity that believe that one can get to heaven without actually being a Christian?
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According to Christians who will go to hell? [closed]

According to Christians: Jesus died and rose again to save the world from all their sins. Based on this, do all people go to heaven and no one go to hell? If not who will go to hell?
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Can a gay/lesbian person get to heaven? [duplicate]

Assuming that a gay/lesbian person is genuinely kind, religious, and follows the Ten Commandments. Is it possible for them to go to heaven after death? And when they go to heaven will they still be ...
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How do i find out if I am in Abraham's house? [closed]

Abrahams descendants have a room for them in heaven. So how do I figure out if I am a descendant?
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What is the view of Jehovah's Witnesses on John 18:36 “My kingdom is not from this world”?

A lot of people don't consider JWs to be Christian, usually for the reason of their view on the Kingdom of Jesus to be a kingdom here on Earth. I respect the guidelines of this site, so I do not wish ...
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Does anyone know where CS Lewis said (or maybe implied) the following…?

"Several times, then, Lewis suggests that heaven will be a place where thinking and experiencing come together. On earth we think about what love is; in heaven Love is a Person we can experience. ...
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What's our afterlife really like?

I've heard and read that when we die, and we go to heaven, we won't have bodies. We'll be spirits only, but so happy that we won't need bodies or objects. In School we were taught that when we go to ...
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Do Jewish people go to heaven?

I believe some prophets of God, such as Moses and Elijah, are in heaven, yet they lived and died before Christ came. How is this possible? What does this mean for the other Jewish people?
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What did the Early Church Fathers think about pets (animals) going to Heaven upon death?

Many people believe that a pet goes to Heaven upon its death. I was curious, what did the Early Church Fathers (e.g., Augustine, John of Damascus, Tertullian, etc.) say about this?
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Were humans once angels? [closed]

Are humans fallen angels who are being given the chance to earn their place in heaven again? I was reading somewhere that this is true. The source gave no scripture references, however. Please give ...
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Why can't there be another fall?

Some disagree on whether a Christian in this life may fall utterly and lose or forfeit eternal life. However, most Christians do agree that after death, the Christian is eternally secure in heaven ...
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What is the “paradise” that Jesus references in Luke 23:43?

Luke 23:43 - Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." At first glance, I casually assumed "paradise" was referring to heaven, but if Jesus was dead for 3 ...
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Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?

Ok related to this questions Will people in hell be able to remember people in heaven? , either some individuals or indeed whole groups believe in some form of (for lack of a better term) "heavenly ...
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What is meant by a new heaven and new earth? [closed]

I often hear people talking about going to heaven but it seems more like we are destined for a new earth.. From my understanding in John's revelation, the afterlife consists of a new heavens and a ...
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How does our work on this earth transfer into the new earth when God returns?

I recently read Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller and also Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright. Both are amazing books, focused on the resurrection theology that God will raise up a new heaven and a new ...
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Will people in hell be able to remember people in heaven?

I've heard many times that once you go to heaven, you'll no longer remember your past life, or those that never made it to heaven. Does the same apply in hell?
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Can we visit loved ones in Hell?

According to an answer on this site, we can still be happy while knowing that people are in Hell and suffering. Growing up, they've always told us that the Bible says that when we enter Heaven, we are ...
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How do JW's scripturally support the idea that humans will live on earth after death?

A Jehovah Witness and I spoke the other day and he explained to me that JW's believe that we'll live on earth after we die. Is there any scripture to back this up? Any point of view from any ...
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Which denomination(s) believe(s) there are many heavens?

Which denomination(s) believe(s) there are many heavens?
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Is the idea that the pleasures we experience now are mild foretastes of Heaven Biblical?

Several authors1 have suggested that the pleasures we can experience in our lives are but a small foretaste of the pleasure we could experience in Heaven. "It is a sudden and miraculous grace that ...
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Is there anything in the Bible that suggests joy in Heaven is greater than best of Earthly joy? [duplicate]

Writer Randy Alcorn suggests we CAN imagine Heaven. In fairness to his viewpoint the 'Eye hath not seen nor ears heard..." quote from Corintheans (if fully read through) does NOT mean we cannot ...
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Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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If loves/desires 'point' to something beyond our imagination…what of enjoyment for fictional villians?

In The Great Divorce, The Weight of Glory and Surprised By Joy, C. S. Lewis explained the concept sehnsucht, this mysterious desire for something we-know-not-what, something beyond this world. As it ...
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Is God setting us up for failure? [duplicate]

In the age old tale of Adam and Eve God place Adam and Eve in the garden with all the trees and the one they can eat off of. But God is omnipotent and omniscient so wouldn't he have known before hand ...
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How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?

I have always been puzzled by this in Scripture. Can someone clarify these points: If Jesus was speaking of reality then 'The End' had technically already come. Is this correct? From Hell it would ...
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Fall Like Lightning from Heaven [closed]

Why did Christ not say cast Satan like lightning from Heaven and instead used "saw fall"? This seems to imply that Satan voluntarily fell like lightning from Heaven instead of being cast by God from ...
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If Satan fell because of sin, then was there sin in heaven at that point?

Assuming that God cast Satan out of heaven because of his sinful pride and attempt to dethrone God, then doesn't that mean that there was, at that point in time, some sin in heaven? This seems like it ...
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Where is my miscarried baby? [closed]

I had an early miscarriage when I was 20. I found out I was pregnant at around five weeks' gestation and lost the baby shortly thereafter. My question is: is my baby in Heaven? Will I see him/her ...
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Is it a good guess that Heaven's joy surpasses even the keenest felt here? [duplicate]

Jonathan Edwards said terms like 'joy' and 'ecstasy' were too meager to describe the greatness of the happiness in Heaven. Was Edwards right in saying our strongest words come nowhere near the ...
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How can Heaven exist if we know that people in Hell will suffer? [closed]

Suppose for the following scenario that both the Christian Heaven and Hell exist. My mother is a good Christian and loves me dearly. I am an atheist, and will therefore go to hell upon death. [If ...
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Why is it hard for a rich man to go to heaven?

Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven. Why would this be? Does this mean that it will be hard for e.g. Warren Buffett to go ...
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How widely accepted is platonism in Christianity? [closed]

How widely is it thought everything in 'this World' reflects a greater reality where those things are perfect (in God)? That we might reach this perfection via beatification? And how widely might we ...
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Where the soul will go after death? is there life after death? [closed]

Few people believe that the soul after death will come back to life on earth in different body or form. Some say it will go directly to the heaven and some believe in the immortality of the soul. I ...
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Do spirits/souls make decisions/think?

Today I heard an instructor (a monk) saying: At The Third Council of Constantinople, counted as the Sixth Ecumenical Council by the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church and other Christian groups, ...
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How many Christians believe there is time in Heaven?

"It seems that the idea that created beings become timeless in heaven is not one that is widely held. God, as the Creator of time, space, and matter, is the only Being that exists outside of time, ...
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Is the experience of God the fulfillment of all our desires here…or an unknown quantity? [closed]

I love the British sci-fi series 'Dr Who'... also films, movie monsters and statues of film characters, film collectables and so on...some love golf...others flower arranging etc. Now I've heard it ...
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Can humans aquire 'infinite' joy when they are finite beings?

I read CS Lewis say that the Beatification is an "infinite good" and, hence, "infinitely outweighs the negations" (the stuff we shall leave behind here). He also argued, in Letters to Malcolm, that we ...
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Where is Heaven?

Prior to Scientific findings of an expanding Universe a survey showed that most Scientist believed the Universe was eternal (without beginning). Now Scientists understand that the Universe had a ...
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Why is there so little written on the greatness of the happiness in Heaven? [closed]

Jonathan Edwards said that terms such as 'ecstacy' and 'joy' were too meager to describe Heaven but were 'low shadows' of the reality. This (if so) is obviously hugely exciting and, for me, (as a ...