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What does it mean to “Believe in Jesus”

Pastors state that one must believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven. What does "believe in Jesus" mean and how do you support your answer? I've asked Christians, but they most often respond that ...
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Does the Bible say anything about our human relations being kept after death?

Does death separate us from the people we love forever ? do we keep our human relations or do we start over ? I'm looking for any scripture passages that backup this claim or the contrary.
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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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Can humans fall in love with each other in heaven?

How does falling in love work in heaven? Do we still fall in love? Is it possible to fall in love with more than one person? Or are we set to love just one person or none at all? Are intimate ...
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What does the bible say about people who see dead people on earth?

I have a friend who sees people who have passed away. Like she can see, hear, and talk to them. This isnt fake, she really can. She recently told me that she sees my deceased grandfather at our ball ...
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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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How do we know that when we get to Heaven we humans won't disobey again somehow? [duplicate]

After the rapture and when we as a church are finally all in Heaven, what happens then? Can we somehow mess up things by being sinful? When Adam and Eve were created, there didt seem to be a sign like ...
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Can I just sin my whole life and in the end receive forgiveness and go to heaven?

And sit with Him on His throne? To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Rev 3:21 ...
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Is/will there be time in heaven?

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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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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Does Jesus eat food in heaven?

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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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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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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What of all those who just don't know

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. ...
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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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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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Why did God create man with an evil nature?

I've read a highly favored answer here in the forums that when people get to heaven they are no longer capable of sinning yet they still have free will. So my question is simple, why did he ever ...
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How does one make the doctrine of heaven and hell consistent? [closed]

Most forms of Protestant Christianity seem to say that there are only two outcomes after death: heaven or hell. The idea is that all people are born under "original sin" and are not good enough to ...
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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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Which doctrine supports the idea that Daniel 2:44 is the Millenium Kingdom

After looking at Clarence Larkin's charts, I noticed that some (chart1, chart2) of them associate the Kingdom in Daniel 2:44 with the Millenium Kingdom. Is there any doctrine that supports this? I ...
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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?

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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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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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?

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?

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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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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Are there multiple levels to Heaven?

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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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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Does the Bible support the idea of a temporary holding place?

A friend once talked 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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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?

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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Why didn't David ascend into Heaven?

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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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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Will suicide keep me out of Heaven?

First of all, 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 ...
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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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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 ...