Jim Cody en Christianity, beBee in English, English 9/11/2017 · 2 min de lectura · +600

Is Heaven Real

Is Heaven Real

To be clear, the Bible speaks of Heaven in both literal and metaphorical terms. For thousands of years the question of Heaven being real or fiction has been debated.

It should be noted, the use of metaphors doesn't mean "not real."  This is a misnomer and a myth. Poetic and metaphorical language allows us to express our inner life. Metaphorical also allows you to talk about the very real, but conceptual in bette. A metaphor is a comparison made between two or more things using figurative or descriptive language. Metaphors serve to make difficult to understand ideas or concepts more tangible. Metaphors also infuse written text with vivid descriptions that make the text more vibrant and enjoyable.

I as well as hundreds of millions of Christians believe Heaven is real and look forward to going there. 

Description of Heaven

Revelation 21:21-25

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.

Revelation Chapter 21.

11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia [or 1,400 miles!] in length, and as wide and high as it is long [1,400 miles wide and tall!].

17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cu bits [that is 200 feet!] thick.

18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst [these last two stones are unknown or only exist in heaven today].

21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

How You Can See Heaven

There is only one way for you to see heaven and Jesus Christ is the one and only access to it (John 6:44, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31). There is no other way possible to get to heaven but by the Son of God. Getting to heaven is a one-way trip. If you die before Jesus Christ’s Second Advent (return) you will go directly to heaven and be in the presence of God. If you never see heaven, you will most certainly see hell and that is also a one-way trip from which there is no return.

Revelation 21:7-8 shows the fate of those not going to heaven: “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

Sources: Holy Bible, everydayservant.com, and bibleinfo.com

Jerry Fletcher 11/11/2017 · #3

#2 Jim, your argument is essentially he same as that of the French Philosopher Pascal. I find yours more direct.

Jim Cody 10/11/2017 · #2

#1 I may not be correct but I’m not taking any chances. Faith is in believing and that is what sets us apart from others. Each religion has its on merits; however more than one may be correct but that’s just not my belief.

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Jerry Fletcher 10/11/2017 · #1

Jim. Thank you for pulling all the bible passages together in one place. I do appreciate it. The lyrical descriptions are truly wonderful.

Unfortunately I'm one of those folks that had a strong dose of Heinlein in my teenage years and I've never found an answer to his question, "What if all those religions are right? Could there be a heaven for each branch of Christianity and each sect therein? And what about the other religions like Islam, Buddhism etc, etc, etc?

I can't bring myself to the commitment level you note is required to see the visions cited.

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