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Questions tagged [heaven]

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

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Does the Anglican Church teach that faithful are immediately reunited with loved ones?

Watching the days of news coverage following the death of George HW Bush (41st President of the USA) has me asking for the Anglican Church’s view on what happens upon the death of a faithful member. ...
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Heaven and Earth shall pass away but my word will never pass away

Hmmmm "In the beginning was the WORD and the word was with God" "Heaven and Earth shall pass away but my word shall never pass away" Does this mean that the whole universe shall be destroyed and ...
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According to Preterists what happens next?

Is there an end of the world? Or does it pretty much continue on like this forever, ever populating heaven (and "hell"?)?
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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

I was taught that Saint Peter is at the gates of heaven, and you have to pass him to get in. Answers to a recent question suggest this is not true. What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter ...
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According to Calvinist, are there another kind group of people besides “they” in Revelation 22:4-5?

Revelation 22: (2) and flowing down the middle of the city's street. On each side of the river was the tree of life, which bears fruit twelve times a year, once each month; and its leaves are for ...
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(Catholic view) Why do we pray for God's Kingdom to come if good people go to heaven when they die?

Here I wanted to find the Catholic view as to why we are told, e.g. in the Lord's Prayer (from Matthew 6:10) to pray for God's Kingdom to come when, on another hand, our immortal soul will end up in ...
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Is there a bad part of heaven?

From what I understand, by Catholics, everyone who believes in Jesus goes to Heaven, but most people go to purgatory first. When they leave purgatory, everyone is worthy of some level of Heaven. ...
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Is there any clue/hint in the Bible that tells us *why/how* we won't sin on heaven?

Preferable denomination: Eastern Orthodox So I have this (strange) question about heaven. Please bear with me. When we die, we either go to hell or heaven. Let's assume (hopefully, God mercy us) ...
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How do various Christian traditions view the expression “crossing over Jordan”?

John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim’s Progress' (published 1678) makes reference to "crossing the River" in order to get to the Celestial City. Chapter 20 mentions that only Enoch and Elijah did not have to ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that believe in sex and marriage in the afterlife?

After an interesting set of articles put forward in the chatroom, I'm curious to know if any christian denominations have said a marriage can continue in heaven, and if the conjugal act continues in ...
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Will Agnostics and Atheists go to Hell? (Catholic)

Does it state anywhere in the Catholic Doctrine that non-believers and doubters will go to hell?
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Job and the Heavenly Host

In the beginning of the Book of Job we are presented with a scene in heaven. In Job, the heavenly host is said to have assembled before God: "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to ...
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If only those who died after Jesus death are among the ones that go to heaven, how do JWs view the ascension of Elijah?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that only 144000 (the group mentioned in Revelation 14:1-3) have a heavenly hope, while the rest of humankind have the hope of living forever on earth. This is for example ...
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What do mormons believe about eschatology? [closed]

As I understand, mormons affirm some sort of final judgment where people are judged according to their works. I'm curious what that looks like. Is it a balancing scale, where if you did more good ...
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Can Saints in Heaven Refuse to Pray for us?

Specification : When we deliberatly ask them to pray for us. I would like explanations which take into account the state of mortal sin as well as the scenarios in a state of grace.
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Who made the distinction between heaven vs. sky explicitly

Maybe not a precise distinction, but I use it for asking the question. Heaven: place where God is. Sky: where sun, moon, and stars are. Many biblical references indicate that God's place has ...
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Is there a Catholic council that established the dogma that the eschaton is in “Heaven” rather than in the Promised Land?

I imagine that the details of the afterlife were disputed as have all points of doctrine. Was the matter settled into dogma at a particular Council? I'd like to find out the details of who championed ...
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Are all humans in Heaven equal or is there also a kind of hierarchy? (Roman Catholic perspective)

If so what determines what their position is? What is equal is that all human would see God from face to face. But Jesus made an implication that one could sit on either of his site. Are these place ...
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According to Mormons, what is the benefit received from paying tithes and following the temple ceremonies?

This is related to this other question regarding the Mormon view of the passage in Matthew 7:13-14. In this passage Jesus had said that majority of humankind would follow the road that "leadeth to ...
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On the body of Satan and Holy Ghost and angels according to Mormons

This is kind of a follow-up question to my other question about the kind of bodies people will have in heaven, according to Mormons. From the answers it seems that nobody in heaven has a spirit body. ...
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Mormon understanding of what kind of bodies people have in heaven

This question is about the article about Heavenly Father at lds.org which says about God that: He “has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (D&C 130:22). Some questions I would like ...
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Biblical basis for Heaven *not* being a physical place?

In Rev. 12 Satan is cast "down" out of heaven. When the Lord blesses the bread which feeds 5000, He looks "up" into heaven. When Stephen is stoned, he also looks "up". After resurrection, Jesus is ...
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Toddler song about heaven

I'm looking for the name and singer/composer of a toddler song. The words I remember are " Tap tap tap, tap tap tap, someone's building up a place for me....building me a home in heaven. Jesus, ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, when/how do the 144,000 ascend to Heaven?

Following an invitation, I attended a "Memorial of Jesus' Death" service at a Kingdom Hall recently. While there, I heard about the 144,000 who will go to heaven to "be kings and priests and rule ...
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What differences are there between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox understanding of the sacrament of marriage?

I read somewhere a couple of years ago that Eastern Orthodox believe marriages contracted on earth, remain in place in heaven (however it is impossible to get married once you arrive in heaven). ...
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Does the Catholic Church quote any saying of Jesus to which His question in John 14:2 can be attributed?

In John 14:2 we hear Jesus saying: "... My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? " I am not able to connect the ...
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Was what I was told about Catholics correct? [closed]

I've been told (admittedly from a denomination with a very anti-Catholic view (e.g. Catholics believe/pray to in saints => they are idol worshippers))the following: Catholics believe that they have ...
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How is age defined in heaven? [duplicate]

I am now older than what my father was when he passed away in 1967. Granted that both of us meet in heaven face to face, will his soul look younger than mine ? Is there any teaching available from the ...
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According to the Assembly of God, must a person love God to get into heaven, if he believes in Christ?

I was always taught, and my reading of the Bible (admittedly it has holes) tell me that the requirement to get into heaven is to accept Jesus as one's savior; that is, one must acknowledge one's ...
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Is the type of love shared between all heavenly members an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in the Bible? (Catholic perspective)

Does the Catholic Church teach that the type of love shared between all heavenly members is an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in the Bible, for example, in Romans 12:10 and 2 Peter 1:5-7? ...
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Where does Augustine say that the rapture of the saved soul will “flow over” into the glorified body?

In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis writes: What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies ...
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Reward in Heaven? What is it? (Catholic)

Catholic Church teaches that we will be rewarded differently in heaven based on our merit (i.e. based on the amount of good deeds that we have freely done during our earthy life; for example, see this ...
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According to the Catholic Church, will people be able to have private conversations with God at any time in Heaven?

Every now and then, I say to myself, "I'll have to ask God about this when I get to Heaven." My Question: According to the Catholic Church, will it be possible to ask such questions once we're in ...
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What was the explicit purpose of Jesus' question to James and John?

At Matthew 20:20-23, we read about the request of the mother of James and John thus: Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor ...
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In heaven will we love God more than everyone else, or will we love everyone as much as we love God? (Catholic)

Catholic Church teaches that God will be the principal object of our love in heaven. My interpretation of this is that by saying "God will be the principal object of our love in heaven", Church is ...
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Perfect relationship between Trinity and other relationships in heaven - Catholic

My question can sound like a question out of blue, but I am going to ask it anyway. We can come up with many different descriptions of so called "perfect relationship", but for Christians the best ...
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Earliest case of pointing to heaven as consolation and hope to loved ones

I know of a few early church writings that can be understood as saying we go to heaven when we die. But that is not what I'm asking. Rather, I'm looking for the first known case (post NT) where, in ...
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In heaven, will everyone be equally special to us (Catholic)? [duplicate]

It is believed that in heaven, we will have deep and intimate relationships with its every member. In heaven, will the level of spiritual connection and intimacy shared between everyone be equal ? ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that people do not go to heaven or hell immediately when they die?

User @Touch poignantly stated in a now closed question, But if people are already in heaven this means that there really isn't much reason for Jesus Christ to return, because all those that ...
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In heaven, will we have desires (Catholic)?

St. Thomas Aquinas once wrote that in heaven, our desires will be completely at rest. This sounds to me that we will not have any desire in heaven, as there is nothing to desire for. But at the same ...
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In heaven, will we desire to receive more intimacy, affection, and care from all others compared to our earthy life (catholic)?

In heaven, will we desire to receive more intimacy, affection, and care from all others than what we experience in this life on earth (please answer according to Catholic teaching)? There are two ...
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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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Perfect life in heaven? [duplicate]

Does the Catholic church teach that my life in heaven will always be "perfect", that is, I will want nothing more than what I have in my heavenly life because I will always be completely happy and ...
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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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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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Will we still feel affection towards others when we are in heaven?

I know that heaven is all about love. But in Catholic church, we distinguish love (will) and affection (emotion). In our day to day lives, love is often accompanied by affection - but will this be the ...
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What is the biblical basis for those in heaven being able to pray for the living?

Some Christian doctrine suggests that our work as Christ's servants does not end with our physical passing from this life; that we can continue to pray for those in need in heaven. Catholicism comes ...
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Will family members get to visit each other if separated into different kingdoms in heaven?

I have been told by my LDS bishop not to fear losing family members forever. I know that the family is very important to Heavenly Father and his Son, but how important is it really? Will we get to ...
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How can we be with Christ when we die, if Christ has a glorified body and we won't until the resurrection?

It is taught that when we die we who believe in Christ will be with him right away, but how can we be right away with Christ if he has a glorified physical body that we are supposed to receive only in ...
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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 ...