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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

This view is based primarily on Matthew 16:18–19, in which Jesus says: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 ...
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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

The idea of Peter at the gates of heaven with the keys has a long history that is sourced to the bible. Of course, as things go, sourcing alone and understanding the source may be two different ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for saying that we "go to heaven"?

This is actually the dominant view of Christianity: the doctrine of an intermediate state after death and before the resurrection. "Going to heaven" means being with God in a non-bodied but conscious ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

Clarifying righteousness First, let's review the Biblical meaning of righteousness. The first paragraph of the Righteousness article of Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology edited by ...
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Is Heaven up and Hell down?

We do not know exactly where heaven or hell is. However, in Scripture, the word "up" is commonly used in association with the location of heaven and "down" is typically associated ...
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What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus?

Gospel of Nicodemus The earliest known record of the thieves' names occurs in the anonymous work which eventually (several centuries later) became known as the Gospel of Nicodemus. The work is ...
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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?

Introduction I intend to show that the concept of a universal realm for all, outside Heaven, where all await the resurrection (Waiting in the Grave, WitG hereafter) is united against other beliefs ...
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Are there modern cases (1900 - present) of heavenly visitations recognized and endorsed by a denomination?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has several cases of heavenly visitations that are recognized and endorsed, but only one comes to mind that is after 1900 (doesn't explicitly state ...
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Are there modern cases (1900 - present) of heavenly visitations recognized and endorsed by a denomination?

About the experience At the outset, denominations would not automatically say that these experiences have no value to the people who experience them, but that they should be careful on how to ...
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, will a good person who rejects Jesus go to heaven?

From a Swedenborgian perspective, this is a trick question. Technically, according to Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), anyone who rejects Jesus ("the Lord," as Swedenborg refers to him) cannot go to ...
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Does it state ANYWHERE in the Bible that pets can or can not go to heaven?

"...is there any clear, unambiguous, direct statement in Scripture that tells whether or not animals/pets can go to heaven?" No. The topic isn't addressed in scripture anywhere.
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How old will we be in heaven?

No one knows for sure. The Bible doesn't speak directly to this issue, no Pope has spoken ex cathedra about it, and no ecumenical council has addressed it. The "angelic doctor" Thomas Aquinas wrote ...
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What is "jubilee(s)"?

In the Hebrew Bible, Jubilee refers to a set of practices around forgiveness of debts and restoration of land. Basically, every 7 years the people were supposed to hold a "sabbath" for the land and ...
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How does one explain God being outside the universe yet on the throne in heaven without violating divine simplicity?

There is no throne 'room' in scripture. There is the concept of a throne given to us for our understanding. Since God created all things, heavens (plural) and earth, he cannot be 'part' of that ...
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Does it state ANYWHERE in the Bible that pets can or can not go to heaven?

No, there is no definitive statement in the Bible on this matter. It should be noted, however, that God asserts that both the current heaven and the current earth will pass away. Heaven and earth ...
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Biblical reference that if someone is saved through someone else, that creates a "reward" or "treasure" in heaven?

There are rewards promised in the Bible. "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. (Revelation 22:12, NIV) The one who ...
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Where do Mormons believe heaven is right now?

"Heaven" has three principal meanings. Place of the righteous, pre-judgement Earth. Jesus said to the thief on the cross, "To day shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). Yet days later, ...
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The inhabitants of Heaven will express love intimately through the use of their sex organs?

The strong implication of Matthew 22:30* - For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. - NKJV Is that no they won't. *Given the ...
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How do people who believe in immediate heaven for believers at death explain Tabitha?

Conservative Protestants typically use the phrase "intermediate state" when talking theologically about the "immediately-in-heaven" view. Wayne Grudem is a conservative Protestant representative of ...
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What is the biblical basis for those in heaven being able to pray for the living?

You already mentioned that you had seen support for this in the Apocrypha (otherwise known as the Deuterocannonical text). As such, it became a Tradition to ask the Saints for intercessory prayers, ...
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Mormon understanding of what kind of bodies people have in heaven

LDS scriptures can be found here. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which I am) believe the following: 1) Yes, we believe that "resurrection" means the reuniting of the ...
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On the body of Satan and Holy Ghost and angels according to Mormons

1) We believe that Satan does not have and will never have a physical body. Isa. 14:12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for saying that we "go to heaven"?

First, I would quote from the Hebrew scriptures in the Tanakh: “You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory.” (Psalm 73:24) “But God will redeem my life from the ...
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Is it morally commendable to volunteer your own life to go to Hell in place of someone else?

It is pride for any human to think that they can redeem another fellow human being. They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; [whether material wealth or ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

The Bible states that, "Without faith, it is impossible to please [God]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (...
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Are Catholics obligated to follow the 4th Commandment in Heaven?

Strictly speaking, Catholics are not 'obligated' to keep the 'Sabbath' (on earth, let alone in heaven): 2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically ...
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Was there a war in Heaven?

Yes, there was / is / will be a war in heaven, as described in Revelation 12:7-9: Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels ...
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Was there a war in Heaven?

Wikis has answered you question quite accurately since you asked for Biblical backup for any conclusions, and he has given you everything that is definitive in the Bible. There are however; several ...
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