What Does The Bible Say About Heaven?

What Does The Bible Say About HeavenWhat does the Bible say about heaven?  It it a physical place?  An idea?  A state of being? The truth is that the Bible has a ton to say about heaven.  The Scriptures tell us that heaven is an actual physical place and that God was the one who made it.  The Scriptures also tell us that heaven is where God has His throne.  According to the Scriptures, heaven is the destination for Christians when they die.  But what even most Christians do not realize is that heaven is not the final destination for those who believe in Jesus Christ.  In fact, the Bible tells us that God is going to build a new heaven and a new earth.  The highlight of the new earth will be a massive city known as the New Jerusalem that will be the ultimate destination for those who belong to the Lord.  But perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves.  Let's take a look at what the Bible says about heaven one step at a time..... 

In Genesis 1:1, the Bible tells us that God is the one who created the heavens and the earth.....

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Not only that, but in 1 Chronicles 29:11 the Scriptures say that everything in heaven and on earth belongs to the Lord.....

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that God listens to us from heaven.....

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

In Matthew 23:9, the Lord Jesus Christ told us that God the Father lives in heaven.....

And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

But even though Ecclesiastes 5:2 tells us that God is in heaven and that he listens to us, we are to treat Him with the utmost respect.....

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

Throughout the Scriptures God is referred to as the "God of heaven".  For example, Nehemiah 1:5 says this.....

Then I said: "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands

In Ezra 1:2, we read that even the king of Persia knew that God lived in heaven.....

"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: " 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

Psalm 103:19 tells us that God's throne is in heaven.....

The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

But although God has a throne in heaven, Jeremiah 23:24 tells us that not even all of heaven can contain Him.....

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.

God looks down on us from heaven and watches what we are doing as Psalm 14:2 says.....

The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

Jesus declared that he was setting up "the kingdom of heaven".  Matthew 4:17 is one example.....

From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

Matthew 5:19 tells us that those who break God's commandments will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.....

Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:9 to address God the Father as "Our Father in heaven".....

"This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Those who are Christians will have rewards waiting for them in heaven according to Matthew 5:11-12.....

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

In fact, the Lord Jesus instructed us to store up treasures in heaven in Matthew 6:19-21.....

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Jesus also said in Matthew 10:32 that those who acknowledge Him on earth will be acknowledged by Jesus in heaven.....

"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.

Luke 15:7 tells us that there is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents and turns to God.....

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Jesus also said that He came from heaven in John 6:38.....

For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

After Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead He returned to haven.  In Acts 1:11 we read this.....

"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

In addition, according to Acts 7:55 Jesus is at the right hand of God right now.....

But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

2 Corinthians 5:1 tells us that heaven is the destination for those who belong to Christ.....

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

In fact, Philippians 3:20 tells us that our citizenship is in heaven.....

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ

Revelation 19:11-14 explains that one day the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth from heaven and that the armies of heaven will be following Him.....

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

Ultimately, the final destination for believers will be a new heaven and a new earth as 2 Peter 3:13 tells us.....

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

After the new heaven and new earth are created, all mankind will worship the Lord there as it tells us in Isaiah 66:22-23.....

"As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD.

Daniel 12:2-3 explains that those who have led many to righteousness will experience a great reward.....

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

Revelation 21:1-3 tells us the final destination for those that belong to Jesus.  Without a doubt you will want to be there on that day.....

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. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God."

So how can one get to heaven?  Is there a way to know for sure that one is going to go to heaven?

Well, the truth is that there are some really good answers to those questions.  To learn how you can have your sins forgiven and be assured that you will go to heaven someday, check out our article entitled "What Does The Bible Say About Salvation?".  It will explain how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Heaven is very real and you do not want to miss out on it.  Is there anything more valuable than eternal life in heaven?  Do not take this article or this website lightly.  Now is the time to decide what you are going to do about God.  He is very real and He loves you very much.  Please reach out to Him today.

If you have any questions please let us know.  It is our hope and our prayer that we will see you on the streets of heaven someday.

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  • keith long

    i understand that heaven is real and i am sure of my salvation,but what do we do in heaven for all eternity?I mean yes worshipping God and all ,but do we do anything all day but sing and worship?Will we have jobs?will we just visit people?fishing?hunting?sports?Just trying to be real.Most people can’t wait to get out of church on sunday to do what they want to do.We are talking an eternity here.I run ouit of stuff to do if I have vacation for a week.

    • Ben

      Dear brother Keith,
      You ask great questions. I would highly recommend the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. It is the most definitive book on the subject that I know of. He answers the same questions you have asked based on what the Bible has to say on the subject. He admits in his introduction that there is some speculation in the book based on his understanding of scripture and invites anyone who has a scriptural objection to anything in the book to contact him. He is definitely humble yet knowledgeable and I think you would enjoy the book a great deal. I haven’t read it all the way through but I plan to do so soon.

    • KARIN

      In my mind the movie of Avatar is divinely inspired. The people of that planet are very spiritual, and that tree they have would represent our God, Jehovah and Jesus Christ. They are in complete alignment with the beasts, and the earth is theirs to explore and enjoy.

      There is no death in our heaven. There are no obstacles. I beleive we’ll walk with God, and He’ll explain what happened in our experience that we don’t understand. The way He walked with Adam. believe we’ll be keepers of the Garden, as Adam was.

      There will be no disappointments, BELIEVE IN A VERY BIG GOD.

      I think space is just God’s version of Xbox, something to entertain, delight, challenge us.

  • http://aboutheaven sis brown

    well when we get to heaven we will be change we want have a fleshly body we will have a mind in sprit of worship in who will want to work im just trying to see jesus i just want to get in this body is tired i want to just rest in my fathers presence

  • Amanda

    I believe that we will be new when we are in heaven and the distractions of this world will not be anymore. In other words we will only see the Lord. We will no longer have the desire for things like sports, fishing, hunting, shopping. We will be comepletley consumed by the love for our Father in heaven. It wont even be a problem. :)

    • Aaron

      So…like North Korea? No thanks.

    • Daniil

      Amanda start reading your bible and tell others what it says not what you believe its gonna be like because everytime someone gives there opinion or advice about something they are teaching them and Jesus said teachers will undergo stricter judgement…

  • cody

    God did not make us to be just “mind and spirit” souls floating around in Heaven, if heaven and the new earth are a physical place, so we be physical too. We will be reborn and not under the curse of the first fall. Our bodies will be in the perfect image God intended for us to be. And yes, there will be sports, food, worship ect. All the things that are good on earth we have yet to experience in a perfect place, and yet we will experience even more than we ever knew. Food wont taste the same, we will experience what an Apple tasted like before the fall of adam. God intended us to be human and spirit, he is not a God that Destroys, he intends to keep us and the world as it were before sin.

  • lili a

    We are earthly beings. We must understand that in the new earth, we will still be earthly. As in, just the same but without sin. That is why he is making a new earth and a new Heaven. God will still reside in Heaven and we will still reside on the new earth. All the recreations we have today, we will have on the new earth, for we are earthly beings. The only difference is that our vanity, our search for self wealth and praise, will not be something we desire. Sin will be no longer, for we will be righteous on the new earth and have a knowledge of what really is good before God.

  • LaTisha

    Wow, thank you, Cody! I loss my son this year, he had a heart problem…which caused a sudden death. He was seventeen years old. I needed to read your post!

    • Jimmy

      ^And this is the same reason people find it so hard to let go of religion. Fear of the fact that death leads to eternal sleep, and no afterlife. But, if the idea of salvation helps the vast majority of people sleep better at night, who am I to complain? I guess only the atheists will have to live with the burden of the sheer pointlessness of life whilst religious people can live in blissful ignorance.

  • Dee

    I do not mean to come across as rude or anything like that but the scriptures don’t really say anything about what heaven is like or where it is.

    The closest is the part about there is no longer any sea and the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

    But it is “coming down out of heaven” not a description of heaven.

    Are there any scriptures that are more specific about what heaven is really like?

    • Hope

      Basically when Moses was given a description of how to build the tabernacle, it was a representation of what already exists in heaven. (Heb 8:4-6).

      The third heaven (God’s throne) probably exists in the north (Is. 14:13). There are also other numerous scriptures indicating this (use a search engine like Bible Gateway to study the word north).

  • Lori

    The thought of death scares me. I am a Christian I was baptised Christian however; I’ve only read bits and pieces of the bible since some of the old testament didn’t make sense to me. My finance’ knows the bible inside and out. I was raised Catholic however; never baptised catholic from my gradmother or parents.

    What happens to all the people that are different religions? Buddust, Mormon, Hindu, Catholic, Johovah’s Witness and so on? Does this mean they studied the wrong faith? Does this mean god won’t let them come to Heaven? or all religions are treated equal since, we all believed in GOD ?

    just curious.

    • Admin

      Lori:

      There are all answers to all of these questions. The articles on this website will help you with many of them, but most important of all is for you to pick up a Bible and to start reading. I would start by reading the four gospels at the state of the New Testament.

      Also, for a good introduction to the evidence for the Christian faith, I would recommend “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell.

      Michael

    • Eddie

      Jesus refers to us as sheep in John chapter 10. He says others have tried to get in, but did not try to get in through the right door, Jesus goes onto to say I am the door. In John 14, Jesus says, He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Him. John 3:16 says, for God so loved the world the He gave His only Son Jesus that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. You can pick up a bible and read this for yourself. All religions are created by man, to worship a deity, or deities, Christianity is personal, because, it allows us through Jesus to have a personal relationship, with the one and only true God. Why because Jesus is God. Don’t take my word for it, pickup a bible and read the gospel of John. May the Lord open your eyes to understand His word. May He bless you and keep you, always.

  • http://EYESPEAKPHOTOSTORIES.NET APRIL

    Because I have a TRUE desire to know what God’s best if for me…He confirms and/or reveals what it is that I need to know. In short, check out Dr. Myles Munroes book(s)on “Rediscovering the Kingdom”. I believe that this information will answer many of the questions you’ve had about who, what, where, why, and how God plans on doing what He promises. This book will help you fill in the blanks in regards to what’s been left out of teachings/preachings in our churches, prayer meetings, life’s, etc. God will hold those accountable who know what is needed but withhold the information to keep us “religious”. Religion is a heavenly way to get into hell. TREMENDOUS blessings come to those who ask, seek, and knock. In all your getting…get understanding!

  • Sarah B.

    Will we be reunited with our husbands and wifes when I didn’t get along with him in the first place?

    • Sarah B.

      I’ll be waiting for your answer.Sarah B.

      • http://www.newchurch.org Chris

        Dear Sarah,

        I know it is almost two months since your question was posted, and the Admin already responded to your post, but I wanted to offer another perspective, perhaps even in direct opposition to Admin’s response.

        Your question was will we be reunited with our spouses when we die. While the Lord says that “they neither marry nor are given in marriage” there are plenty of places in the Old Testament especially which announce that one who has passed away is “gathered unto his people” (Gen 25:8, 49:33; Num 20:24; and other places).

        This saying implies that we will be reunited with others. And we do have reason to believe that the people we will meet again will be people that we knew in this life. Consider the Lord’s story about the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-29.

        In this story, both the rich man and Lazarus die. From Hades where he is being tormented, the rich man recognizes Lazarus from afar. He mentions him by name to Abraham, and even remembers that he has five brothers still on earth! This story makes it clear that people continue to know and remember each other after death.

        So here’s my answer to your question, Sarah (not that you asked me in the first place). Based on these teachings, and more, I believe that we will know each other after death. I believe even that you will meet your husband after death, even if you do not continue to be married to him. I believe this because The rich man and Lazarus weren’t particularly close: Lazarus was a beggar at the rich man’s gate, that’s all. You and your husband, even though you may not have gotten along while he was still alive, were much closer than the rich man and Lazarus ever were!

        (The rich man was in hell, and Lazarus was in heaven. That’s how far apart they were.)

        So even if you do not remain together, I wholeheartedly believe from the Bible that you will meet again, even if it’s only to say goodbye one last time.

    • Admin

      Sarah:

      We will not be married in heaven. Jesus said the following in Matthew 22:30….

      For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

      • http://www.andilinks.com/index.htm andi

        The spirit after death appears to be pure data to use a computer analogy. Everything I understand about the afterlife appears to be bereft of matter, or pure spirit. I like to think of it as infinite random access memory because all of creation would be possible within that. I hesitate to call it a matrix because people would confuse it with parts of the movie that goes by that name. But an infinite abstract matrix of a generic type could contain all of us, all of creation, all of heaven and could unite us in a way that is described in the Bible.
        All of matter, all of the sub-atomic particles and all of the intervening space in the universe could be expressed in such an abstract matrix. Such a matrix would either contain God or be God.

        • GaryS

          “Contain God or be God”
          This is “pantheism” — the belief that God is in the rocks, trees, birds…. NEW AGE has crept into the christian church because of the influence of movies like Star Wars; where Yoda taught the FORCE. Satan in the garden said “You will be as GOD…” We are not God; we all are created beings. “For by him [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1:16. So God is NOT part of creation.

  • cwtruth333@gmail.com

    would like to know questions people have about heaven such will we see our relatives there? and so on. Please email me your questions

  • glenda

    my live-in parter died in an motorcycle accident, we have a son, he died when our son was only 8days old..i love him so much that a question come into my mind if there is still a chance that we will meet again in other life even if we are not married here on earth..(take note: we are not married but decided to get married this may 2012 but unfortunately he died ladt january 7, 2012)..

  • Jarupong

    “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.”

    See this is why I’m not afraid to pray in public before I eat. It’s all good. I pray, give thanks to God. Everybody sees. Every makes small comments and point fingers behind my back or sometimes at my face.

    It’s cool because one day, Jesus gonna acknowledge me before God. ^_^

  • http://www.andilinks.com/index.htm andi

    People will interpret these things from the Bible about Heaven according to their own understanding of reality. Everything that is given in the Bible was given to people of the Bronze Age who did not have the same ability to conceptualize reality that we do in an age when many physical laws have been discovered through the application of the scientific method.
    The scientific method is an application of Aristotelian logic that is consistent with everything in the Bible as reconciled by Roger Bacon and Thos Aquinas, both men of Christ and member of the Church, one having been sainted.
    I think God could violate physical laws but does not, that is my opinion. I think God and Heaven reside in the quantum space where physical laws do not seem to apply. Will Heaven be a reincarnation? Some of the things said in the Bible suggest that it will be. I hope to find out. :)

    • GaryS

      It is appointed for man to die ONCE, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27

  • http://GOOGLE Leonard

    YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT AND ACKNOWLEDGE GODS SON,JESUS,BEFORE YOU CAN ENTER INTO GODS KINGDOM.YOU ALSO HAVE TO FOLLOW THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,WHICH IS GODS LAW.ASK FOR FORGIVENESS EVERYDAY, FOR WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.

  • Patty

    All my life I’ve been afraid of dying. It wasn’t something I dwelled on daily but when I thought about it I would be afraid of the pain or aloneness of it. I had accepted Christ as my Savior as achild. In 2009, I had a tumor removed and all was going .well until 2 weeks later while recovering something went terribly wrong and I was rushed to the hospital. It was lke faster than a split second and I was standing and seeing the most amazing thing. There were so many people it was like an ocean. They were all facing the same direction and the sound was like laughter but not like a funny ha ha but the sweetest joyful sound. Then in the same quick way I was back. I had been rushed back into surgery and when I awoke one nurse said I had been praying and another said I told her that Jesus was the living water.

    • Admin

      Patty:

      Thank you for sharing that wonderful story with us. Hopefully it will get more people thinking about the world to come.

      Michael

  • Caleb Kailash Chhetri

    Hello and Praise the Lord,

    I am Caleb Kailash Chhetri from Thimphu Bhutan.I have gone through the articles written by you.I would like to request you all dear ones to uphold me and my wife Lydia in your daily prayers,to grow and glow efficiently in Christ with full of wisdom and knowledge to make other unsaved souls saved.

    Thank you,
    With much Love and Prayers,

    Caleb and Lydia Chhetri
    Thimphu:Bhutan

    • Danielle

      Dear Caleb & Lydia,

      I just read all these comments and was filled with love when I read yours… I will be praying for you and your wife in your desire and work to bring the lost to the Lord. Remember we are Brothers & Sisters in Christ bearing each others joy and burdens together!
      God Bless
      Danielle

  • jeremy Peare

    In fact there is nowhere in the Bible that says we will go to heaven when we die.

    The verses you quoted correctly say that our reward and citizenship are in heaven but Jesus is clear that he is going to bring that reward with him when he returns.

    According to the Bible we are dust and will return to dust. Several verses are clear that we all go to Sheol (hell, grave) where there is no consciousness. Believers are described as being asleep.

    The original Christian hope is for resurrection when Jesus returns. 1 Corinthans 15 describes this in detail.

    Visit any Christadelphian church or website to find out more.

    • http://virtualprosperity.com Curtis

      Sorry, there’s no Word of God that says we all go to hell (Sheol) after dying, especially if your born-again through Christ Jesus. Its true our citizenship is in heaven, so naturally we go there after death, or its waiting room anyway, hence the “asleep” scripture.

      But the important thing to remember is all true of heart believers will come back with Christ and fight the final battle, which gets many stranded and new Christians saved.
      Then comes the citizenship you described, there will be 1000 years of peace with the new earth and God on His thrown, here among us, after which, God lets satan out of hell for three days for the opportunity to repent for forgiveness – and to try and deceive as many people as possible.hopefully none follow him then. This alone should speak volumes about the depth of God’s love for each and every person.
      So, here’s another dimension to the eternal facts you touched
      on, and in the Bible its Revalations, Daniel’s visions, and John.

      I just had to clarify that once saved by faith in Jesus, it is impossible to go to hell, and that He is a father with many children And the more we relate the love we have for our children and what we want for them, its easier to hear God’s voice…raven on a daily basis.
      Hope this helps.

      • Hope

        Actually the Bible does say that all go to hell even animals (sheol). Eccl. 3:19-20; 9:2-3.

        Christ Himself said people go to hell (John 5:28). Daniel also confirmed this (Dan. 12:2).

        Sheol (hell) is a grave, where people are sleeping and awaiting either Christ’s return (if they are His saints) or the 2nd resurrection.

  • http://whatdoesthebiblesayaboutheaven? carrie allen

    I believe when we all get to heaven that we will do nothing but worship the lord.It is a continous process.we will talk with jesus,eat fish,eat fruit and things we loved on earth so shall be in heaven.I believe there is no greater love there.Ibelieve the love here on earth doesnt even compare with the love there.I also believe we will spend lots of time with jesus and our departed loved ones.Wow!how great!halleluia!

    • Hope

      Actually God has a much greater plan for us than sitting around for eternity. Christ and His Father have set the example for us, as They have been working until now (John 5:17).

      The vast universe, its stars and galaxies are our inheritance:

      Hebrews 2:5-8For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
      But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him?
      You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.
      You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

  • Guy

    …I have one question that I would seriously like an answer to by a blood washed believer: “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

    So…since I don’t like calling my Dad my “Daddy” or “Dad” or “Old man” or any of that…have I blasphemed?

    I am usually much more comfortable calling him F-A-T-H-E-R.

    I usually address God as God or Jesus or Lord.

    Never Father. So…any replies?

    • Brandon

      Good question,

      I had to think twice about it when I read it. Why would the Bible say don’t call your father, “father”, -”for you have one Father who is in heaven” (God).

      We have to be careful when to take things literally and when to look at the whole picture and see what is going on. In this case Jesus is talking to the Pharisees (who were supposed to be the super religious of the day) and he is telling them that their hearts are not right. The reason they are super religious is for all the extra attention they get. Jesus is telling them that their faith is not supposed to be about themselves but rather about the Father in Heaven. We are to respect Him. And the Pharisees were too concerned about themselves and their reputation to respect God through their lives.

      Notice in the latter verses Jesus says YOU are NOT the instructors- rather, you have an instructor who is Christ.

      He is not saying don’t call your father “father”, but rather trying to place emphasis on who the Pharisees TRUE Father should be. He is trying to take the attention off of them and place it on God. Hope this helps :)

      Answer brought to you by a Spirit led, blood washed believer- as requested :)

  • brandon

    OK so do we have to go to church to go to heaven i pray every night and i acknowledge god and jesus. Will i make it to heaven?

    • Michael

      Brandon:

      Salvation is not about what we do, but rather about what He has done for us.

      I encourage you to read this article about salvation. It will clearly explain things for you….

      http://whatdoesthebiblesayabout.com/archives/what-does-the-bible-say-about-salvation

      Michael

    • Alan Atzenhoefer

      Brandon, you don’t have to go to church to be saved, and yes you can still go to heaven. However, I encourage you to find a good church. The bible tells us wherever two or three are gathered in his name, then he will be there also. Being part of a church will help encourage your relationship with God and your presence may even help strengthen others.

  • Sectator

    One thing I have wondered about is the relationship of people in Heaven. If you are married on earth, what are you in Heaven? Is marriage simply an earthly institution to strengthen our relationship with Christ? To create a family of followers? Basically, why do we have the institution of marriage on a religious level? And how does this affect Heaven?

    • Hope

      The contract of marriage is null and void upon death (Rom. 7:2).

      Christ describes the wedding supper that will take place when He returns. Now some people whom the Father has called (John 6:65) are betrothed to Christ, and when Christ returns they will be ‘married’. Today we would say engaged, but betrothal is actually a stronger commitment/contract than an engagement is.

      Marriage symbolises the relationship between God the Father and Christ. How can two walk together unless they are agreed? (Amos. 3:3) And it also symbolises the relationship we have or will have with Christ. The children we have from marriage, are actually children of God (Mal.2:15). God wants a family, and He is working with some people now (Matt. 24:22), and then all people who ever lived later on to become His children who will be resurrected to Spirit beings.

  • Hope

    God is coming to earth. First Christ will return to Earth (Rev. 20) to rule with His saints, then after the millennium (1000 years) and the white throne judgement (the resurrection and conversion of all those who lived and never knew God) God the Father will come and dwell with men (Rev. 21).

    Christ said no one as ascended to heaven (John 3:13), and the apostles confirmed that David was dead and buried (Acts 2:29, 34).

    The truth is that death is really a sleep. Ecclesiastes confirms that the wicked, animals and the righteous all go to the same place when they die (Eccl. 4:19-20; 9:2-3). The difference between man and beast is that God has given man a spirit (a remarkable mind that can compute and comprehend things); an analogy would be like a memory stick that one plugs into a computer–it only works when plugged into the computer. When you did your body returns to dust, but the spirit goes to God (Eccl. 12:7). The body cannot live without the spirit, and neither can the spirit exist independently without the body. The Bible says the dead know NOTHING (Eccl. 9:5).

    The truth is that people will be resurrected; Christ was the prototype (firstborn) for this. The saints will be first (1 Thess. 4:16), and will be Spirit beings like God (1 John 3:2, Phil. 3:21, Ps. 17:15). Those who did not know God, and were not called to know him (John 6:65), will still be sleeping and waiting until after the 1000 years of Christ’s return to earth. God has allowed millions of people to not follow Him or His way, and “committed them all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all” (Rom. 11:32).

    If you would like to learn more about what the Bible teaches, here is a study guide:

    http://www.ucg.org/booklet/heaven-and-hell-what-does-bible-really-teach/

    and

    http://www.ucg.org/booklet/what-happens-after-death/

    • Shemash

      As a Hebrew (Israelite) who believes in Messiah Y’shua, I do not agree with many things taught by the UCG – However, this post is correct. People do not go to heaven at death. Jews never believed this – it is Gnostic Greek doctrine – nothing more. Paul knew “WHEN WE ARE SAVED” (see 1st Cor 5:5). in the DAY OF MESSIAH – at the resurrection is when we are “saved” and “born again”. This is also when we are judged and assigned our eternal destiny. Not before. On a side note – be careful on this website. The creator of this website teaches many things that are contrary to the plain reading of Scripture.