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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that there are humans in heaven now?

Most Christians believe that Enoch, Elijah, Moses, the thief on the cross who was pardoned by Jesus and all the saints who were resurrected during the crucifixion were all translated to heaven. What ...
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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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Do animals go to heaven/hell? [on hold]

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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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that a living person may visit heaven or hell?

As you may know there are many books where people have said they had been in hell and in heaven, and that even Jesus guided them. And that sounds a lot like Divine Comedy. I'm pretty sure that's not ...
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Did Jesus mean that heaven and earth would actually pass away in Matthew 24:25?

In Matthew 24:35 (KJV) Jesus says: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." How can heaven pass away, since it is the abode of God? (See, for example, 1 Kings 8:49; ...
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Is Heaven up and Hell down?

Ever since I was a little tyke I have heard people say go up to Heaven or down to Hell. Up and down would seemingly have its relationship to the surface of the Earth, and while down in that case can ...
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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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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question addresses the first part of the passage. The second part is the phrase Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes ...
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How do these parables explain time in Heaven?

In many of the parables, Jesus speaks of a time span completing some event. Examples include: Mark 13:34: For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave ...
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The lake of fire and the New Jerusalem as two different perspectives of God

Has there been such a doctrine in Christianity that would put forth the idea that the sphere of eternal torments prepared for those who have rejected God, the sphere that is depicted as the lake of ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Will there be more people in heaven or hell? (interpreting Matthew 7:13-14) [closed]

I have read Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is ...
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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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What is the Biblical basis for death being the last point for repentance?

Death is seen as a point at which our eternal destiny is decided or the last point for repentance, at least in most evangelical circles. What is the Biblical basis for this belief?
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From where does the doctrine that there is no time in heaven originate?

I'm quite familiar with the fact that God himself is outside of time, this is very easy to show through scripture. However it seems to be an increasingly popular conception that there is no time in ...
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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 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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Does it state ANYWHERE in the Bible that pets can or can not go to heaven? [closed]

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 type of Sabbath rest is Hebrews 4 talking about?

Hebrews 4 refers to the Israelites previously "not entering their rest" (verses 11, 5) and also that we should "make every effort to enter into that rest." (verse 11) Verse 9 states: But God has ...
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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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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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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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Are Catholics obligated to follow the 4th Commandment in Heaven?

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to The Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, ...
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Don't believe Bible would forgive Hitler! [closed]

I'm beginning to wonder about the interruption of the Bible. Why is because the forgiveness of sins as I've read here can also pertain to Hitler and serial killers and whatever other evils in the ...
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Did Jesus ascend to Heaven twice?

While studying the book of John I came to: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your ...
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What's the Biblical basis for “all Christians will be together in heaven some day”?

Christians often say that "some day we will all be together in heaven." I'm wondering if this idea comes from scripture. The closest I can think of is the end of Revelation, which discusses a "new ...
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Are there multiple levels to Heaven, for different levels of reward?

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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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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How do people who believe in immediate heaven for believers at death explain Tabitha?

In Acts 9:36-41 is the story of Tabitha (a.k.a. Dorcas) who died and was raised to life through the prayer of Peter. That would seem to conflict with a commonly held view among theologically ...
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Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire

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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Is one who is “least in the kingdom of heaven” still in heaven?

Recently I read something that quoted this verse from the bible: Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of ...
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We might find Judas in Heaven?

We all know how Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. The thing is he hanged himself before Jesus died on the cross so he went to (supposedly) hell. But after Jesus died on the cross he went to ...
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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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What is the basic Protestant understanding of oneness in these Scriptures?

While it is quite evident Jesus is making reference to the Spiritual realm in the following Scriptures: John 17:20 through 24 NKJV "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will ...
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What is Heaven like according to Catholics?

What does a person experience who is saved, after their death? Are they going to have a bodily resurrection in the New Jerusalem, in the real world, or is it a spiritual existence? If in the real ...
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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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According Catholic theology, what does the joy of heaven consist of? [duplicate]

According Catholic theology, what does the joy of heaven consist of? If there is a principal joy, what is it? Anecdote: I remember riding on a bus and a man going of saying to the effect that if ...
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How does mainstream Christianity's perception of Heaven differ from the Mormon perception of the Terrestrial Kingdom?

Unless I am mistaken, it seems to me that the Mormon definition of the Terrestrial Kingdom (the second highest kingdom of glory) is essentially identical to mainstream Christianity's definition of ...
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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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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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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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Jesus said no one had gone into heaven except the Son of Man, but what about Elijah?

I've found two verses which seem to be contradictory, so I'm hoping someone can explain how they can be reconciled. No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of ...
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What happened to the resurrected after death? [closed]

In the Bible (primarily the New Testament), we see numerous people who were raised from the dead. Drawing from this link, we see the following were raised from death: Widow of Zarephath's son (1 ...
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Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?

Dante's Divine Comedy, the 14th century epic poem describing a journey through the various levels of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven and the persons or types of persons who inhabit each level (including ...
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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 ...