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HEAVEN & HELL
Hi, and thank you for listening. I always wondered what exactly heaven will be like. Will we have our memory from this life to the next? Also, when Jesus returns, will that be the end to this existence? No Earth, no solar system, and so on? Thank you and God bless.
Still On This Side
Dear Still On This Side,
Even those in torments remember their lives and families after death. The story of Lazarus and the rich man shows that the rich man awoke in torments and remembered his brothers (Lk 16:27-28). We have every reason to believe that after we die, we will still remember who we are, the relationships we have built, and the lives that we have touched on this planet.
When Jesus returns, this universe will be totally destroyed by intense heat (2 Pet 3:10-13), and this earthly age will pass away and be replaced by a spiritual one for all eternity (1 Cor 15:49-54). Read “Through The Fire” for more details on what happens to the Earth on the judgment day.
In heaven, are there animals?
Pets In Mind
Dear Pets In Mind,
If you’re wondering whether or not animals go to heaven when they die, the answer is ‘no’. Animals have spirits, and humans have spirits, but humans were also made in the image of God (Gen 1:26). Our spirit is eternal and will go up to be with the Father, and animal spirits are temporary and will return to the dust of the earth (Eccl 3:21). God made our spirit of a different caliber than He made those of the animals.
However, if you are wondering whether there will be creatures in heaven for us to enjoy just like there is animal life on this planet that brings us joy and wonder… the only way to find the answer to that question is to make sure to go to heaven and see it for yourself.
Hello, preacher. I am a sixteen-year-old young lady who is living in fear, and I want it to stop. I’m scared that God will come at this very moment, and I had an anxiety attack over that. I’m scared of death, and I’m trying to accept it because it is a part of life, but it just scares me so much. I’m also scared that if I die, God won’t accept me in His kingdom, and I don’t want to go to hell. I feel like I’m living in fear, waiting for the worse to happen, when I want to live in faith and wait for good to happen. Please help me get over this fear.
We fear that which we don’t feel prepared for. Someday, Jesus will return, and we need to all be ready for that day. Anyone that tells you they know when Jesus will return is lying because the Bible says He will return like a thief in the night when we least expect it (1 Thess 5:2-3). However, Jesus will return, and whether it happens two days from now or two hundred years from now, we must all be prepared to meet our Maker. There are two things that you can do to make sure you are ready for the Judgment Day. The first is to make sure you have properly obeyed the Bible and become a christian. Read “Five Steps To Salvation” for exactly what the Bible says God expects us to do to get forgiveness from our sins. After you have made sure to obey the Bible’s call for salvation, God expects us to live a life of faith where we learn and grow closer to Him (1 Pet 2:1-2). One of the most important parts of that growth process is to become involved with a faithful church that can help you learn and encourage you as you grow (Heb 10:24-25). Not all churches are faithful, and there is a lot of false teaching in the religious world (1 Jn 4:1, Matt 24:11). We would be happy to help you find a faithful congregation near you; just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was told that there are two salvations: one in heaven and one on earth. Some chosen christians will go to heaven, and the others will stay on a paradise Earth after the millennium and when all evil has ended. Is this true?
Dear Making Reservations,
No, that isn’t true. What you are talking about is a popular teaching of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it isn’t a biblical teaching. There was an earthly paradise; it was called the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8). Mankind was cast out of that paradise because of sin (Gen 3:22-24). We are told that the next paradise faithful people see will be a heavenly paradise. Jesus referred to Paradise as a place that God’s people will see once they die (Lk 23:43). Paul refers to Paradise as existing in heaven, not on Earth (2 Cor 12:2-4). Eventually, this world will be totally destroyed by intense heat (2 Pet 3:10-13), and this earthly age will pass away and be replaced by a spiritual one for all eternity (1 Cor 15:49-54). Jhn 14:2-4 says that we will dwell where God dwells (heaven) and that even now, Jesus is preparing a place for us. Matt 24:35 says that heaven and earth will pass away – unlike God’s Word. When the Judgment Day comes, the faithful will go to heaven. There will be no earthly paradise.
If I am a homosexual, why should I believe in God (I am going to hell anyway)?
Whether we believe in God or not, God still exists. Ignoring the fact doesn’t change that reality. Read “Is God Real?” for some of the evidence that God is. Whether someone chooses to follow or believe in God is irrelevant; we will all see Him at the Judgment Day (Heb 9:27)
Homosexuality is such a controversial issue because modern society teaches that people are born homosexual, but this simply isn’t true. You are not forced to have a sinful homosexual relationship. The argument of the homosexual community is that they are born desiring people of the same sex and that they have no choice. That simply cannot be true. God makes it clear that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able (1 Cor 10:13). Even if you are born with a predisposition toward homosexuality – you aren’t forced to act upon it. We always have a choice. There is always a way of escape from sin. We often use 1 Cor 10:13 as a proof text that no one is born “gay”. Homosexuality is like all other sins; we sin when we act upon the lust. God does not tempt us to sin (Jas 1:13). It is our own lusts that entice us to do the wrong thing (Jas 1:14-16). One person has a tendency toward anger, another has a tendency toward alcoholism, and some may, in fact, have a tendency toward homosexuality – but that tendency does not force them to sin. We need to put away all filthiness of the flesh and be doers of God’s Word (Jas 1:21-22).