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Once we attain heaven, we will be given a new nature, purged of our old sinful nature. 2 Peter 1:4 (NIV) Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. Once we escape this corruption, we will gain the ...


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In the Protestant traditions I am familiar with suicide is not an automatic exclusion from Heaven. However it must be said that there is a logical incompatibility between suicide and faith. A faith that aborts just when it has something to trust is no faith at all. First of all, suicide flies in the face of everything that we learn from Christ about what is ...


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This question is actually pretty cut and dry. At the core the main thing you ask is "Can I go to heaven even rejecting Christian belief by substituting some set of actions?" No. No amount of works of any kind will get you into heaven. There is no substitute for faith. Hebrews 11:6 (ESV) And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever ...


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I immediately thought of C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" upon reading this question. In the book, he puts forth the idea that separation from God is what sinners desire, and God gives them what they desire. I did some digging and found this blog (written by Bird) on the topic: "The idea of Hell being something of a choice for the damned fits hand-in-glove ...


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There are a couple issues here. First: Strictly speaking in a logical sense this is the best thing a person could do for themself. No. Suicide is never a logical solution to any situation. If anyone is in a position where they think it is, they would be best served by taking a time out and then seeking professional help. But this question is not ...


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I'm reminded of the story of two twins inside a mother's womb. They are discussing what things might be like on the other side of "birth". One wonders if there really is a "Mom". Neither can conceive of what life will be like, though, since neither has ever been there. They've heard that it's a painful trip, but that there's a wonderful world of ...


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In the Bible, the word for "spirit" is the same as "breathe." But there is ultimately a difference between the life of humans and the life in animals. In Genesis 2:7, God breathes into the nostrils of man and gives him life, but all land animals have this same breath as well. "And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the ...


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No. The general accounts of men, angels and the interaction between the two makes a pretty clear distinction that they are different KINDS of beings. Both are created by God but each has a different purpose and different destiny. We understand some things they do not. They are not bound by some of the physical limitations we are. One interesting note is ...


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As already mentioned, it is entirely possible for a rich man to go to heaven. The problem is that a rich man can more easily trust in his own merits or wealth. There are many proverbs that talk about that, like Proverbs 11:28 (ESV): Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. When we trust in ourselves and ...


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To my knowledge, neither the Catholic church nor most protestant denominations believe in multiple "levels" of Heaven. (Of course the Catholic church believes in Purgatory, which is a third locality, distinct from both Heaven and Hell). However, many Christians do believe in varying degrees of reward in Heaven (and possibly varying degrees of punishment in ...


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This answer is the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the "Mormon" Church). There are more than two places people ultimately end up after judgement. There are three Degrees of Glory (and there is Outer Darkness, see next section). The three degrees of glory (in descending order of glory) are the Celestial kingdom (compared to ...


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Before Elijah was taken away into heaven, he “crossed the Jordan,” and ever since, “crossing the Jordan” has been a metaphor for dying, or crossing over into heaven. By the time of Pilgrim’s Progress (1670s or so) this was an established metaphor for gaining entry into paradise. Now, having seen the Jordan River firsthand, I can tell you that it isn’t much ...


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Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God No one is righteous. Better is not enough. God demands 100% holiness. No one can achieve that. Therefore, we need the Blood of Jesus Christ. Only in Jesus, can we have salvation. Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through ...


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This verse is contrasting Jesus and David. Jesus ascended: Luke 24:51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. David went to heaven the old fashioned way: by dying first. This is evidenced by David's body being buried: Acts 2:29 “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was ...


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If we could envision exactly what Heaven is going to be like, it wouldn't be Heaven, just as if we could comprehend God, He wouldn't be God. Just as man should not create (in their own minds) a God made in their image, but understand that man was made in God's image. So too we must not make Heaven in the image of the earth, but understand that earth ...


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This is a question that is not really cut and dried. There is a huge amount of very accurate information in this article summarising different beliefs on it. Summarizing the summary: One viewpoint is the Restrictivist Position. Most Fundamentalists and many other Evangelicals continue the Restrictivist beliefs taught by traditional Christianity. They ...


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I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but the bible calls this necromancy and describes it as an "abominable practice": 9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, ...


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Memories: Romans 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God I am under the impression that yes we will have memories of our lives (because without such memories how could we give account?). We would not be able to give an account if we did not have consciousness. Conscious Experience: I think that this Scripture gives us a ...


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I must admit, I chuckled at This is the kind of question kids ask me in Sunday School.. Anyway... First off, Revelations 19 has a wedding feast. Revelation 19:9 (NIV) 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Emphasis ...


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These two lines of reasoning are, as you've presented them, problematic as you suggest. Ideally, they'd be used together and be founded in the true message of the gospel. First, the few details to be cleared up: I don't understand how can someone venerate Jesus for his act of ultimate selflessnes and love (the crucifixion) but at the same time try to ...


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According to scripture, hell is real, and anyone who was not born again will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you ...


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When the world was first created, humans (Adam and Eve) had free will and there was no suffering. It was through their decision to disobey God that they allowed evil to enter the world. I believe that there will be free will in Heaven. By trusting our souls to Jesus now, we are in the process of being changed. I believe when the time comes I will be ...


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I would have to say No. Jesus said in Matthew 6:20 (NIV): But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Here, he indicates that you should work towards heavenly treasures. Furthermore, he encouraged here, in Matthew 19:21 (NIV) Jesus answered, “If you want to ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas addressed this pretty deeply, and as I suspected, his answer was yes, Our Lord's risen body was a glorified one. Although it differed in glory in some way from His body in Heaven. I answer that, Christ's was a glorified body in His Resurrection, and this is evident from three reasons. First of all, because His Resurrection was the ...


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In the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus, Jesus says no: And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what ...


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Yes, people in Heaven will have true free will - but it will not be a free will that allows them to sin. People living under sin are described in the bible as being enslaved to sin. Thus true freedom is not freedom to sin but freedom to serve God and not sin. Be aware that freedom does not equal autonomy. Does God have a free will? Yes, otherwise he would ...


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The idea comes from Revelations 21 Revlations 21:1 (NIV) 1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. The problem with interpreting Revelations is that there's a lot of debate on what it actually means. Will we live on a new earth? Yes in the sense that God ...


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The book of 1 John was written for this exact reason. 1 John 5:13 NIV 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. Throughout the book of 1 John, the author gives many examples of how people doing things and then he tells us whether or not that person is saved. You can take ...


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Jesus Himself said Abraham was in heaven, in the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31 NIV1984 (I have highlighted the six references to Abraham.) “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell ...


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Aslan's Country is not Heaven - it is Paradise, it is important to read carefully The Last Battle if you want to make a comment on this part in particular. Aslan's country is not unconnected with heaven, as Eden of old and Paradise in concept are a type of Heaven. But if you pay attention to The Last Battle, Aslan's Country is itself only a figure -- Heaven ...



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