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

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Why did the pope say gender is a property of essence?

In his 2012 Christmas address, Pope Benedict XVI said: According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. The ...
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Is there a 'Third Heaven'?

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (New International Version) 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—...
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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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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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What is the “paradise” that Jesus references in Luke 23:43? [closed]

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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What Place was Jesus going to prepare

In John 14 Jesus tells the disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. Isn't it that heaven was already founded from creation? So, what place was he referring to? Was this just a figure ...
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Is it possible to get into heaven, but then be cast out at a later date? [closed]

People struggle to enter Heaven, but what guarantees you that once you get there you won't be cast out from Heaven? In the Bible there is no guarantee about that. What will prevent you from making bad ...
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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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We're only in heaven for a short time? [closed]

Will we really go to heaven but it's only until the new Earth comes as described in Revelation (when we're to return to Earth)? Revelation 21:1-2 NIV Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] ...
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Do Jewish people go to heaven? [closed]

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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How should a Christian object to those who say Paradise may be a little boring?

From time to time while reading fiction or poetry or whatever I stumble on a certain kind of, so to say, 'satire' of the Paradise the main point of which is that the everlasting live would be ...
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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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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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Do Calvinists believe that Heavenly Rewards are predestined?

Assume doctrine of predestination Calvinism Context 10 Talents (Matthew 25): For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered ...
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Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?

In my little knowledge I believe any form of punishment is a way of curbing crimes or wrong doings and for others to learn not to do wrong. When this life ends some would be in heaven and the rest in ...
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Does suffering in this life really matter? [closed]

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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Does Jesus eat food in heaven? [closed]

Jesus said there will be no marriage in heaven, but after He rose He ate food. Does Jesus eat food in heaven? Is there any reason for us to suppose He does not? This is the kind of question kids ask ...
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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 regarding the body in which He now dwells, was that ...
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Does God exclude loving your neighbor as a basis for being accepted into heaven?

The Bible says:  16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[a]...
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Christian significance of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?

It is interesting that both of the most prominent Christian fantasy authors (not as in "Christian Fantasy" but Christians who wrote fantasy) put paradise across the sea. I realize that Tolkien's ...
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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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Will we experience heaven (or hell) with our consciousness?

In Christianity, is heaven something we will comprehend with the consciousness we have now? Will we be the same consciousness, brain and memories of this world, or is it just the energy of our soul ...
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Is the phrase, “Heaven is the presence of God, but Hell is the absence of God” an orthodox viewpoint?

Is the phrase, "Heaven is the presence of God, but Hell is the absence of God" an orthodox viewpoint? By orthodox I mean orthodox with a lower case o, not an upper case O, as in Orthodox. I used ...
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Will we be perfect in Heaven?

I think most (if not all) Christians would agree that there will be no sin in heaven. However, we often make mistakes that aren't sinful: accidentally spilling a glass of milk isn't a sin. We don't ...
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Indications that Enoch and Elijah have never gone to Abraham's bosom?

In the Old Testament we can see at least two people that didn't seem to ever die: Enoch (Gen. 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11). The Scriptures say that the first one was taken by God, and the second ...
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Is/will there be time in heaven? [closed]

An answer suggests that "time is meaningless in heaven." Do we know this to be true? It seems like an easy conclusion to draw, based on the following: God created the entire universe, including ...
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Will there be “new people” or reproduction in heaven or “the next life?” [closed]

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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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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Does my monk go to heaven? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? I have found this very basic question perplexing to different pastors, rectors, and members of churches: If there ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, what effect does the Last Judgment have on those who are already in heaven?

Catholics believe we are judged immediately after we die (Particular Judgement). Some of us will go to heaven. Then there is still the Last Judgement (or Final Judgement). What effect does the Last ...
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How do we reconcile the futility of Ecclesiastes with the reward of heaven? [closed]

There's no question that Christianity believes in heaven. We have a tag here heaven filled with questions about it. Having said this, there are many places in the Old Testament that speak of the ...
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What is life in Heaven going to be like? [closed]

How is life going to be once you get to Heaven? ie: What activities are you going to perform every day, for all eternity? I am interested in responses that are backed up by verses from the Bible, ...
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Why didn't David ascend into Heaven? [closed]

Acts 2:34 NKJV: “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘ The LORD said to my Lord,“ Sit at My right Why didn't David ascend to heaven? Is this past tense? Is David in ...
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Is it a sin to do “works” for the sake of “rewards” in heaven? [closed]

I was reading up on an article that was talking about rewards in heavens. Then it struck me, is it a sin to do "works" for the sake of "rewards" in heaven ? What does the Bible have to say regarding ...
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What Bible verses suggest that humans can become angels? [closed]

There a number of biblical passages (such as 1 Corinthians 4:9) that are worded as such indicating angels were created separately from and and are different from humans. For it seems to me that ...
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Can an atheist go to heaven? [closed]

The question of who goes to heaven and who to hell seems to result in very different answers depending on which tradition the Christian answering belongs to. Some traditions, especially evangelical ...
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What happens to marriage on the New Earth [closed]

I think I can safely say that humans were designed not to operate as a single solitary person but as part of a unit of two -- both as referenced by Gen 3:16-17 (see mentions of husband and wife in ...
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Do animals go to heaven/hell? [closed]

If animals don't have eternal souls, then it seems they would not be present in heaven or hell. Is heaven devoid of animals? Growing up I frequently saw art depicting the lion and the lamb together ...
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Will suicide keep me out of Heaven? [closed]

I don't want to set off any red flags here. I am not pursuing a suicidal lifestyle, nor do I have the desire to end my life. That being said: Perhaps the greatest thing a person can hope for is to ...
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Can there be free will in heaven? [closed]

The most common explanation I heard from Christians for the theodicy is that suffering is caused inevitably by the free will of humans. The argument is essentially that a world without suffering is ...
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What exactly do we know about Heaven? [closed]

Most of us probably have a lot of vague ideas about Heaven, the place where the faithful are said to spend their afterlife. But when I really start to think about it, I can't back most of my ideas ...
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How can I be sure someone I know is going to Heaven? [closed]

I am sure that through my faith my sins have been forgiven and I will get into Heaven. However, how can I be sure someone else will be forgiven and allowed in Heaven? Are there any good questions I ...
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Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire [closed]

What is the difference between Heaven/Paradise/Sheol How about Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire? Are they synonyms, are they different places?
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What is the Bible basis for 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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Are there multiple levels to Heaven, for different levels of reward? [closed]

1 Corinthians 15:39-41 (KJV) 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also ...
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According to the Bible, do animals have souls? [closed]

Randy Alcorn claims in his book Heaven (page 374) that animals have souls, though not necessarily like humans. Is there any Biblical support for this?
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Is Hell eternal, or do some/all escape it? [closed]

In his recent book, Love Wins, author and pastor Rob Bell caused quite a bit of controversy (and anger) by making the argument that Heaven is the state that we are in when we follow God's will and ...