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Is There a Heaven?

All my life we have been told that when we die we will be with God for all eternity. I sometimes feel, however, that when you die that’s it—no heaven, God or anything. It’s frightening to think that what I have believed all these years might not be true.

God has not revoked the biblical promises about sharing divine life forever. There have always been people who did not accept them, but that does not make those people more trustworthy than people who believe in heaven.

Is it possible that your uneasiness about heaven stems from the imagery that some people have used to describe it? In heaven, God’s plan for the human race will be complete. God will have become everything in all of us (see 1 Corinthians 15:28). Isn’t that specific enough?

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