Will we each have a mansion in heaven? Sorry folks! That's not what Jesus said in [John 14:2-3]. The KJV rendering of the words "house" & "mansions" has confused many. The Greek word "house" means "an abode" - literally! The word translated "mansions" or "rooms" means literally "the act of staying or residing." So, together Jesus is saying that in God's home [heaven] there will be many people in the family of God abiding together. Within His house Christians will live in the presence of the Lord. Sorry! No rows of mansions on streets of gold. We don't even sleep, and the Bible will no longer be needed. A lot of worshipping and praising God in multitudes together, not living seperately in different mansions. Why then would we be mislead in believing we'd each have a mansion? Wonder if people will ever get bored in heaven?
Will Christians eat in heaven? Many of us have wondered about this. We'll have family relations with our loved ones there. Do we feed them? Although the Bible does not give us a detailed answer to that question, there are some Scriptures that hint at it: [Mark 14:25; Rev. 22:1-3; maybe like in Genesis 1:29]. It would appear from [Mark 14:25] that those who already received their resurrection bodies & that we in our glorified bodies will eat & drink in the millennial kingdom. But what about the heavenly kingdom? [Rev. 22:1-3] speaks of water and the tree of life which will bear 12 fruits every month. Its not known if we actually eat that fruit. Its possible! Maybe out diet will consist of what Adam and Eve had in the Garden before the Fall [Genesis 1:29].
What a great idea that was back in the 50s and 60s. Drive-ins provide a romantic and nostalgic alternative under the stars, they had the largest movie screens, snackbar menus, usually 2 and sometimes 3 movies for the price of one admission. Even one price for a car load of persons and that had certainly provided a greater value for the dollar! I never got to enjoy such an event. As far as I know, they are all gone from the scene now! The thetares were also used for holding church services on a Sunday morning...come as you are! Wonder if both ideas would work today!
This has to do with a priest in Australia that got heavy media coverage from a newspaper there called the Herald Sun. That paper had prominently featured a report that Fr. Bob McGuire was setting up a confessional that would allow penitents to confess their sins by selecting sins from an electronic menu. A flashing green light will signal when a driver's sins have been forgiven. That priest has a great sense of humor! God had a great sense of humor...He created us, didn't He? The above was actually an April Fool's Day Hoax. The Herald Sun didn't think so as it came from a priest, even though to others, he was known to play jokes on people and have fun at their expense. But, stop and think for a minute...would that really work today? Wouldn't that bring people out to church?
Because God is a person (actually one God in 3 persons), not a machine, He can choose to grant our requests, but He can also choose not to grant our requests. Also, if prayer could be scientifically proven it would not prove God exists, it would prove that there is a prayer or request property of the universe, namely either we get what we want if we use a certain formula of words or a request is granted if enough people ask for the same thing. Could it also be that we will never get an accurate answer to this based on Christian Theology alone? If prayers can't be tested [we are not to test God], it means God can not be put to the test by Christian Theology. Isn't prayer basically a conversation between you and God? Whether or not we get results, its what's best for our immortal souls. Amen.
DOES PURGATORY EXIST?
Purgatory is the condition or process of purification or temporary punishment in which, it is believed, souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for heaven. Purgatory is postmortem suffering short of everlasting damnation.
Mormons believe in a Spirit Prison, similar to our idea of purgatory. Several religions believe in purgatory. Which are they?
IN THIS JOURNAL, HELL IS REFERRED TO AS THE LAKE OF FIRE. Does the Bible give any indication where Hell is located? Yes, it does!! Hell, aka the Lake of Fire for this journal, is often depicted as a hugh cavern inside the earth, but it could actually be located in another dimension in another universe, some even say even inside a black hole in space which makes sense as anything entering a black hole cannot escape. The doomed souls don't have physical bodies, they are given the delusion that they do have real bodies. The Bible does not describe an unknown, mystic place of hell. The Bible even provides the geographical location of hell. The Lord challenges us to examine the evidence. Check these references out: [Acts 2:31; Matthew 12:40; 27:60]. The "heart of the earth" does not refer to the grave, Jesus said. Nor was His body in the earth, nor in the ground, but in a tomb of rocks. Bible doesn't say in the earth. Another reason [Matthew 12:40] can not mean merely His body placed in the grave because the body [anyone's] is always buries only 6 ft. in the ground-not in the heart of the earth. So, where is the location of hell [Lake of Fire]? Its geographically beneath the earth's surface. Other references to help you: [Ezk. 32:18-21, 27; Isa. 14:9, 15; and Rev. 9:2].
Does the Bible give us specific clues as to where heaven is located? Yes, it does! Read on and you'll know. It appears from a study of the Scriptures that heaven is located in the North of our universe. When they would offer the sacrifice in the OT they would offer them northward toward the Lord. Notice what Moses said in [Lev. 1:11]. Now, north is always the same direction from this planet no matter what time of day. Salvation comes from the north [Psalm 75:6], east, west, south us mentioned, but not north-therefore salvation comes from the north [from God, of course]. What else on North is there? Check out [Job 26:7]. This reference also says, "He stretched out the north over the empty place. There is an empty place or void in the North of our universe. This place is so large it could contain 200 of our Milky Way galaxies. The Milky Way is 100,000 light years across. Light traveling @ 186,000 miles per second would take 100,000 years to travel from one end of our Milky Way to the other. We believe that heaven is located in that void in the north of out universe! Other references to the north are: [Isa. 14:13; Psalm 448:1-2; and Hebrews 12:22].
When you get to the point of expiring as a human, where will you be spending eternity...in Paradise aka Heaven or the Lake of Fire? Decide...in pictures here!
THAT WAS HEAVEN, AS BEST WE CAN PREDICT WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE.
If you are not a child of God and you haven't accepted Jesus as your Savior...the following awaits you and its not in Miami, FL.
The last photo above is the Lake of Fire. Its empty now, but it awaits those who don't make it to heaven when the end times are over with and the judgment process begins. DON'T GO THERE!!
WILL WE HAVE FREE WILL IN HEAVEN? CAN MAN FALL FROM HEAVEN DUE TO SIN?
Does the will have to be actively able to choose good or evil in order to be real? If this definition is proper, humans must be able to fall from heaven. Some people in the reformed tradition have basially denied the idea of man having any meaningful freedom in heaven to choose at all, rather relying on God's sovereignty.
That answers the eternity question, but that destroys the impetus for Adam's sin--placing it back on God. If man does have a real choice in following or disobeying God's will, then it seems either is denied that freedom in eternity or he has the ability to sin even in heaven. And if we do sin in heaven, will we fall from heaven to earth never to return? And once back on earth, what do we do, continue our lives?
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