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

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Where was God prior to creating the ***Heavens*** and the Earth? [closed]

Genesis chapter 1:1 says: Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That verse has always been an enigma to me. It clearly states that God created more than one ...
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Does suffering in this life really matter?

So, recently I had the thought: suffering is irrelevant. I arrived at this conclusion using the idea of limits in Math. Say that suffering could be measured in units as a function of time (frowns ...
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What are the “heavenly realms”?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) Paul talks about God blessing us in ...
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Communion of Saints and Our Relationships in Heaven

We as Catholics believe in communion of saints after the resurrection. Such communion means that we will be in the complete union with God, and with all the other saints in heaven. When we are saying ...
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From a Catholic perspective, what do family relationships look like in heaven?

According to Matthew 22:30, people in heaven do not marry. What do the family relationships look like there? Will our relations to parents, kids, wives and husbands disappear? The Catholic position ...
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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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What is the biblical basis for the JW belief that only 144,000 go to heaven?

The JW book "What Does the Bible Really Teach" asserts that (the blood of the) "covenant, or contract, makes it possible for 144,000 faithful Christians to go to heaven (p207). and "These 144,000 ...
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Who says, “If you are going to Heaven, you will know it”?

I heard from some preachers(not prominent) that assurance of going to Heaven is a self-consciousness. You yourself will have the evident, proof or confident that you are indeed going to heaven. If you ...
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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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Are the souls in heaven conscious of their previous earthly existence? [closed]

Is there any continuity between both stages of existence? Or does resurrection mean a complete new begin on a completely different level?
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Does purgatory have a symbol?

I haven't found it on the internet. Are there any symbol for purgatory, or related to purgatory?
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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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Will we be able to eat anything in Heaven? [closed]

Eating meat and potatoes for lunch after missing breakfast, I was thanking God for such delicious foods. Then I came up with a question; will we be able to eat in Heaven? I love eating, and I wouldn't ...
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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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What happens to Hell after Revelation 21:1?

This question popped into my head after reading this question. God states, quite specifically, in v.5 that He would make everything new, "for the old order of things has passed away". Which leads to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Mary and/or other saints are in heaven? [duplicate]

The Assumption of Mary states that after she died on Earth she went to Heaven. What is the Biblical basis for the idea that she, or any other person who died after Jesus' resurrection, is already in ...
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Will (or “do”) people in heaven get to interact with Jesus, independent of massive crowds?

When one considers the example Jesus set during his time on earth, and compares it with how individuals often treat each other, the sharp contrast between "how the world works" and "how things should ...
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How old will we be in heaven?

William Lane Craig has argued that after the end of this world our bodies will literally be resurrected in a physical sense. We will then be united with our physical bodies. My question then is ...
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What would the Jews of Jesus' time have known about heaven?

Looking at the cross references for John 12:34, 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? ...
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Are my feelings altered when I enter the Kingdom of Heaven? [closed]

5th Commandment: Honour thy father and thy mother Hypothetically speaking, say my father has sinned, he doesn't believe in God and won't repent on his deathbed. By all of the standards of ...
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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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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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Can you go to heaven if you believe in the wrong God or Religion? [closed]

I'm 16 years old and am terrified of death only because I've always worried what's on the other side if there is one. And I've gone my whole life wondering what religion to believe in, what if it's ...
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For those who view Israel typologically, what is the significance of the 12 tribes?

Many Christians view the historical nation of Israel that we read about in the Old Testament as a Divinely designed type of the Church, and their inheritance in the Promised Land as a Divinely ...
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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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If I die before I can confess my sins, can I just confess them to God in Heaven?

When packing for a trip, sometimes we forget something small: a toothbrush, shaving cream, or socks. In order to compensate, we simply make a quick pit stop at a nearby convenience or department store ...
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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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According to reformed theology, is there any valid reason to desire to be saved besides it glorifies God?

Question: According to reformed theology, is there any valid reason to desire to be saved besides it glorifies God? As a result: According to reformed theology, is it valid to desire to be saved ...
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According to Catholicism, when exactly were the souls of those who died before Christ conducted to heaven?

My understanding of Catholic teaching is that after the original sin, man was not only kicked out of paradise, but heaven was closed to him so that the after death, the souls of the just were in limbo ...
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Is it possible to just visit heaven? [closed]

My church had a guest speaker that said he died and was at the gates of heaven for 90 minutes. Can someone tell me where to read in the bible about seeing if this is possible? I just have trouble ...
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Will there be sex in Heaven (the new Earth)? [duplicate]

I have heard many people ask and now I have been considering the question myself. Will there be sex on the new Earth? What is the reasoning for either position?
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According to Catholicism what does it mean for every relationship in heaven to be perfect and fulfilling?

The Catholic church teaches that every relationship in heaven will be perfect and fulfilling (for example, see this American Catholic reflection written by Friar Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M.). What does ...
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Phileo/Storge love in God and heaven?

My friend and I were talking about the four types of love the Greeks distinguished, and my friend said God's love is purely Agape. But doesn't God wants to be friend with each of us? And doesn't God ...
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Can we still work for rewards in heaven? Will the treasures ever be exhausted? [closed]

I've been searching Google and forums for years but have never ever heard of this being asked... So I finally decided to ask it myself. Can we still work and earn rewards while we are in heaven? ...
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Is Thomas of Aquinas's idea of 'beatification' still held? [duplicate]

If so, how can we agree that man will only reach the end he was meant to enjoy by achieving the highest happiness, where there is nothing left to want or can be had...if we assume we shall remain ...
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Who will go to Heaven according to Bible? [closed]

Has God put anybody already in hell? (Maybe Pharaoh?) If Yes to question 1, why did God put him into hell? What are the biggest sins? Is hell permanent or there is a time limit? Has God awarded ...
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Do we retain our gender in Heaven? [closed]

The Bible tells us repeatedly that our earthly actions will impact our ability to enter the gates of Heaven. Some Biblical passages say that our earthly actions can improve or lessen our experience of ...
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Can a human ever be happy in the afterlife while not loving God? [closed]

I'm talking about the afterlife cause you can easily experience moments of happiness during your life on earth, with any kind of attitude towards God. But after we die, do we have any other choice ...
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What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus?

What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus? I was informed that their names were Dismas and Gestas. When I searched on the Internet, I got similar info. Is it true that ...
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What is “jubilee(s)”?

My Mother in her 90s and in treatment for Alzheimers would frequently go into a state of trance and chant about going to jubilee. Does "jubilee" or "going to jubilee" refer to heaven or eternity in ...
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What does John 3:13 mean, NO MAN has ASCENDED to heaven? [closed]

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him. (Hebrews 11:5) And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, ...
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When was the third heaven where God dwells created [closed]

When was the third heaven where God dwells created? Was it created during the creation week?
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Was there a war in Heaven?

There seems to be an idea among some Christians of a metaphysical timeline that goes something like this: All the angels are created sometime before or during the 7 days of creation in Genesis. ...
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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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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, do infants go to heaven?

According to Emanuel Swedenborg, or the New Church, do infants who die young go to heaven? If not, do they go to hell?
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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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CS Lewis said time would probably continue in Heaven…But how?

(See 'Letters To Malcolm') CS lewis said, because mankind is by definition finite, that we shall always be in a situation of successive time, with the present becoming past. In 'The Problem Of Pain' ...
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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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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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What is the logic of salvation? AND or OR? [closed]

There are many Bible verses talking about when someone "will surely not enter heaven" or "will surely enter heaven". Now, let's say I fullfil 99% of requirements to go to heaven, but 1% that I don't. ...