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

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According to Catholicism, is there a distinction between paradise and heaven?

Luke 23:43 says: And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (ESV) I have heard a few people say that paradise in this verse is not referring to heaven, but a ...
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According to the LDS church, how are we justified?

I know the obvious trope is that the LDS believe in "salvation by works", but I am looking for definitive church teaching on the nature of mans justification. Preferably, I'd like it to ...
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What sort of denomination might believe that those in Heaven work?

At a recent "celebration of life" for my brother-in-law's step-dad (which I did not attend, this is secondhand knowledge), BIL's step-brother made reference to the dad now getting to work ...
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Did the concept of Heaven as the dwelling place of God where the chosen ones join Him for eternity, gradually develop?

We see many instances in the OT in which prominent people die and are gathered to their people, for example: Abraham (Gen 25:8) Ishmael (Gen 25:17 ), Isaac( Gen 35:29). There is no mention of the ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach multiple levels of heaven? [duplicate]

This concept of multiple levels of heaven is one I’ve heard from Protestants, so I was wondering if the Catholic Church teaches it? Related: Are there multiple levels to Heaven, for different levels ...
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According to Calvinists, why does God not predestine all to Heaven?

It seems to me that if God chooses not only those who will go to heaven, but those who will go to hell, a Calvinist would hold the position of Universalism, that being that all people will be saved. ...
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If we will have free will and be sinless in Heaven at the same time, then why did God not create a world with sinless free creatures to begin with?

This question is scoped to those who believe that: We have libertarian free wills We will retain our free will in Heaven We will be sinless in Heaven Question: If Heaven demonstrates that it is ...
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Are there modern cases (1900 - present) of heavenly visitations recognized and endorsed by a denomination?

If we assume that the testimony of Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 is veridical, it would seem very counterintuitive (to me) that experiences of heavenly visitations would never happen again. On the ...
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Which does St. Thomas Aquinas teach is greater, to know God or to love Him?

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, which is greater, to know God or to love Him? It seems knowledge of God is greater, because John 17:3 says: Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the ...
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Is it possible for a person to know now if he/she is saved and would be inheriting eternal life in the hereafter as per the Biblical teachings? [closed]

In general those who are pious in following any religion look forward to a better place hereafter. Even in Islam pious people without exception hope for a place in Janna. My question is to the Bible ...
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Does the Bible state that when we go to heaven, we can still be tempted?

I have asked several questions relating to the fall of Satan. It is concluded that Satan has made one-third of the angels in Heaven follow him. Therefore, all of these angels has sinned. My question ...
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How do Jehovah’s Witnesses support their belief that only 144,000 persons can be in the New Covenant and go to heaven, there to rule with Christ Jesus

This is the second in a series of three questions about the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is the first question: How do Jehovah’s Witness support their belief that Jesus started ruling (...
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Scriptural support - Measuring our salvation, God's love and blessings

Please help me with scriptural support for the following: “Be careful not to measure your holiness "salvation" by other people's sins.” - Martin Luther In the same way, if we measure God's ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

Assuming that faith in Christ is what gives sinners access to grace and salvation, and that faith is necessary because the alternative (knowing God) would leave no room to actually measure our ...
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What will happen to our mansion when the time comes to go to the New Jerusalem?

Christ said that there are mansions in Heaven for us. (John 14:2-3). I am wondering that if the time comes for the event of entering into the New Jerusalem then what will be the case for our mansions? ...
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Does Augustine believe that we will be timeless in Heaven/The New Earth?

I've been reading up on Augustinian theology of time recently and while it's interesting, I can't find a clear answer to my question. According to Augustine, will we be Eternal in the same sense as ...
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Are there more detailed descriptions how it is in Heaven? [closed]

I wondered if there are more detailed descriptions than the hints in the bible, how life in heaven is. Letting aside the more complicated questions like many inhabitants due to eternal life, I wonder ...
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Can someone clarify the eastern orthodox teaching "Temps Immobile" of Fr. Alexander Schmemann?

I've been reading about Eastern Orthodox theology and one thing that caught my attention is the unusual view of time that some Eastern Orthodox theologians have, in particular Fr. Alexander Schmemann. ...
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Why is believing the correct thing important? [closed]

Islam and Christianity (or at least the most common forms of each) seem to have in common this idea that believing the correct thing about the Nature of God, his revealed Holy Books, and perhaps a few ...
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Do any Christian groups teach that animals will *go* to heaven?

AFAIK, most Christians would agree that animals don't have souls in the sense that people (humans) do. Many would say further animals don't have free will. Thus, AFAIK, most Christians would say that ...
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When people go to heaven, does their spelling improve? [closed]

Note: by Heaven I mean the "temporary state before the resurrection". In other words, do people keep their virtues, morals, skills, faults, wickedness when they go to heaven? Or do they ...
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Why does the angel of the Lord call out from heaven to Abraham at Genesis 22?

At Genesis 22:1, "Now it came about after these things that "GOD" tested Abraham. At verse 2, "And He/God said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love Isaac, and go ...
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What is the difference in rewards between a person who is virgin till death and a person who is married? [closed]

Nun in the churches are virgins till death. And normal women marries a man. So what is will be the difference in reward after they die. And reach heaven.
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Why did Jesus need to die for our sins?

I feel silly asking this because I feel like it should be obvious. Why did Jesus need to die for our sins? I am asking because this part of Christianity still confuses me. I thought Judaism taught ...
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Can a heart beat in heaven acording to Catholics?

I have a question regarding the "properties" of heaven. As far as I understand heaven is place outside of space and time. I imagine it like this since it is the only way i can make sense of ...
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Is disembodied heaven better or worse than embodied heaven, according to Catholicism?

According to Catholicism, immediately after death someone either 'goes' to heaven (or purgatory) or hell. This is the first, or 'particular' judgment. Then, at some unknown point in time, there will ...
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What is the difference between immediate judgment after death and the final judgment, according to Catholicism?

According to this site, adapted from the United States Catechism for Adults, "Our Church teaches that immediately after death, our soul separates from our earthly body and we stand before God for ...
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If one abandons his faith in Catholicism and becomes an Atheist, could he still go to heaven?

If one has been raised a Catholic for all their life, and have just never found meaning in it, and then plans on becoming an Atheist after a difficult conversation with their parents. I would like to ...
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Difference between spirit and soul and consciousness

From my reading of the Bible, spirit gives Man a consciousness of God and soul gives Man a consciousness of the self and the body gives Man consciousness of the world. Spirit is also the immaterial ...
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Is it morally commendable to volunteer your own life to go to Hell in place of someone else? [closed]

Theoretically speaking, let's say that you die and go to Heaven. God introduces you to Samantha who did not believe when she was on Earth, so by the declaration of God, she is going to Hell. God gives ...
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If the earthly sanctuary is a replica of the heavenly sanctuary, can there be death in heaven?

Please excuse what appears to be a bit of a confused question...I am trying to make sense of something that I simply do not fully understand in my own mind. The question is therefore very difficult ...
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According to Catholicism, can someone sin in Heaven?

I know that Christians who die still imperfectly purified must, according to Catholic teaching, pass through a state of purification known as purgatory before entering heaven. But does this ...
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According to the Catholic Tradition, Are People in Heaven Waiting for Other People to Die?

According to the Catholic Tradition, are people in Heaven waiting for other people to die? Or are they very busy chatting with God, the angels, and other people who have already died and gone to ...
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Has any Christian (group) attempted to compile a list of personages, which are Biblically stated to be (eventually) in heaven?

I recently asked myself, of which Biblical personages it is stated in the Bible, that they are or eventually will be in heaven. I presume, that I am not the first one to think about this question. So ...
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What is the status of Eunuchs now in the Church and also in the world to come?

Eunuchs, who are considered to be the third gender, are also human beings. Some eunuchs are made by other human beings, particularly in the ancient times. Some people voluntarily become eunuchs as an ...
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Is choosing to commit sin a possibility in Heaven?

According to the Bible 'sin' by definition is anything that is against God! Which is why God cannot commit sin [Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2], not that He doesn't choose to commit sin. This is because God ...
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Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings?

Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings? For example, St. Augustine wrote many good books. Now he is in heaven. To this very day, ...
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Who gets treated better in the afterlife? [closed]

What sort of people get treated better in the afterlife ? And how much do the little things weigh(like praying every evening, or occasionally swearing) in comparison to the bigger ones ? Even if it ...
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Will I get answers to all my questions when I die? [closed]

Sorry if this is way too open but I have so many questions about this world, religion, gods and what on earth is going on. I can't imagine anyone really would be able to answer these type of questions ...
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According to Catholicism, how many heavens are there?

I read in book of Enoch there are 10 heavens God created. Most Christians believe in 1 heaven and Muslims I think believe in 7 heavens. The purpose of each of 10 heavens was described in Book of Enoch ...
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How does one explain God being outside the universe yet on the throne in heaven without violating divine simplicity?

God created the universe. Therefore He transcends the universe. He is outside the universe. Yet, He has a throne room in heaven: Revelation 4:2 - Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne ...
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As a young Jew what would Jesus have been taught about heaven and hell?

I understand the Jewish concept of heaven and hell is different from what I was taught as a conservative protestant. I am curious as to the teaching Jesus would have received from rabbis of his time. ...
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Why Catholic Saints are said to be in heaven but not yet given their resurrected bodies?

In my understanding, the Saints are part of the Church Triumphant and in the Catholic Church's understanding of the Communion of Saints they help the Faithful on earth (Church Militant) to intercede ...
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What happens in Heaven when we come into contact with fellow Christians who don't wish to speak to us in this life?

Let say for one reason or another, we have friends whom we've drifted apart from in our lives, and they also happen to be Christians. We're all going to meet each other in Heaven, but does the Bible ...
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Is there no Heaven, Hell, or Satan in the Old Testament?

In the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, the author claims that Heaven and Hell are concepts not mentioned in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. From Sapiens: Belief in heaven (the realm of ...
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Where are heaven and hell located? [closed]

According to Christianity, where are heaven and hell located? It used to be believed (and is generally depicted) that hell was below ground and heaven is above the clouds (as in you assend to heaven ...
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If heaven is not monotonous why would this world be monotonous if God willed to happen in that fashion? [closed]

I have a question that I have been thinking about for a long time now. Here it is. Heaven is the place where good people will end up. There are two types of evil. Natural evil like volcanic eruption,...
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What is the Biblical Basis for saying that we "go to heaven"?

I have found hundreds of Bible verses with heaven or heavens in them. But none of them said we "go to heaven". We pray for the kingdom to come here. Revelation has the new Jerusalem descending to ...
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Are there any saints or mystics who had a vision of hell, and based on that made a judgment about how many people are in hell? (Catholic perspective)

Are there any saints and/or mystics who had a vision of hell, and based on that made a judgment about how many people are in hell (the majority, a minority, or some judgment like that)?
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According to Catholicism and Revelation are we going to be able to eat meat in Heaven or the Garden of Eden?

Will be able to eat meat or will we be like Adam and Eve eating a non-meat based diet in heaven or the Garden of Eden?
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