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"Heaven" as a biblical term denotes the chosen dwelling of God as well as the eternal destiny of all redeemed children of God. To be in heaven is to stay with Christ in Christ, where death, sorrow, weeping and pain no longer exist. Heaven is described as "everlasting joy," "bliss," "peace," and the "righteousness of God." (1, Kings 8,27-30, 5, Moses 26,15, Matthew 6,9, Acts 7,55-56, John 14,2-3, Revelation 21,3-4, 22,1-5, 2, Peter 3,13).

Are we going to heaven when we die?

Some make fun of the idea of ​​"going to heaven". But Paul says we are already in heaven (Eph 2,6) - and he wanted to part with the world to be with Christ who is in heaven (Phil 1,23). To go to heaven is not much different from what Paul has already said. We may prefer other ways to express it, but it is not a point why we should criticize or mock other Christians.

When most people talk about the sky, they use that term as a synonym for salvation. For example, some Christian evangelists ask, "Are you sure that you would go to heaven if you died tonight?" The real point in these cases is not when or where they come - they ask simply the question of whether they are sure of their salvation.

Some people think of heaven as a place where there are clouds, harps and gold-paved streets. But such things are not really part of the sky - they are phrases that point to peace, beauty, glory, and other good things. They are an attempt that uses limited physical terms to describe spiritual realities.

The sky is spiritual, not physical. It is the "place" where God lives. Science fiction supporters may say that God lives in another dimension. He is present everywhere in all dimensions, but "heaven" is the realm in which he actually lives. [I apologize for the lack of precision in my words. Theologians may have more precise words for these concepts, but I hope I can convey the general idea in simple terms]. The point is to be in heaven means to be in the presence of God in an immediate and special way.

The Scriptures make it clear that we will be where God is (Joh 14,3, Phil 1,23). Another way to describe our close relationship with God during this time is to see Him "face to face" (1Kor 13,12, Offb 22,4, 1Joh 3,2). This is an image that we are with him as closely as possible. So if we understand the term "heaven" as the abode of God, it is not wrong to say that Christians will be in heaven in the future age. We will be with God, and being with God will rightly be called "heaven."

In a vision, John saw God's presence, which finally comes to the earth - not the present earth, but a "new earth" (Offb 21,3). Whether we "go" to heaven or "come" to us does not matter. Either way, we will be in heaven forever, in the presence of God, and it will be fantastically good. How we describe the life of the coming age - as long as our description is biblical - does not change the fact that we have faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior.

What God has in store for us goes beyond our imagination. Even in this life, the love of God goes beyond our understanding (Eph 3,19). The peace of God surpasses our reason (Phil 4,7) and his joy transcends our ability to express it in words (1Pt 1,8). How much more is it then impossible to describe how good it will be to live forever with God?

The biblical writers did not give us much detail. But one thing we know for sure - it will be the most wonderful experience we've ever had. It's better than the most beautiful paintings, better than the most delicious foods, better than the most exciting sport, better than the best feelings and experiences we've ever had. It's better than anything on earth. It's going to be a huge one
Be reward!

by Joseph Tkach