Heaven is not a place on earth

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Many of us have the idea that heaven will deprive us of all the enjoyable things we have enjoyed in this life like; the pleasure of food and drink, fellowship, etc; because we imagine heaven to separate the physical from the spiritual. Therefore we think that all of the physical things we enjoyed in this life will be gone. We imagine a heaven devoid of life, but that’s not the way God planned it. God is going to give us all new physical glorified bodies. When we remember the time that Jesus died and came back to earth—He came back with a real, physical body that people could touch. In our new bodies we will find pleasure in the beauty of heaven. If you imagine heaven to be like the Garden of Eden, only a million times better. In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve walked with God and talked to Him, but due to the sinful nature of Eve they lost that privilege and the whole spiral of sin began. When we enter heaven there will be no sin and no need to sin.

If there are pleasures we enjoyed on earth that are not in heaven we will soon forget them. We will be so overwhelmed by the presence of God and His love that nothing else will matter. All our earthly pleasures will fade into insignificance.

We will know everything and all our questions will be answered in the blink of an eye. Our eternity will be spent learning from God and worshiping Him because of His glory. Our minds will be so full of knowledge that we won’t have time to be bored.

Sometimes I wonder if we will remember our earthly lives and the people we loved dearly on earth. I think we will remember loved ones and the good things about our earthly lives, but we won’t remember the suffering or the pain. God tells us in His word that He will wipe every tear away from our eyes.

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. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:3,4 NIV


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