Q: Isn’t Heaven Just One of the Places Someone Could Go After Death?

A: No; there’s always been only one place to go when you die.  Before Jesus saved the world, everyone who died – good and bad – went below to a place the Hebrews called Sheol and the Greeks called Hades.  Since then, everyone who dies – good and bad – goes above to heaven.  As one’s place in Sheol was determined by how his life was lived on earth, so one’s place in heaven is also determined by how he lives his life on earth.  Yes, everyone is going to heaven but it still makes a difference how you conduct yourself on earth – both in this life, and in the one to come.

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4 Replies to “Q: Isn’t Heaven Just One of the Places Someone Could Go After Death?”

  1. Hi Mike, I’m intrigued by your answer that everyone goes to heaven after death. I would love for you to give additional information about what you mean by that. Are you saying everyone goes before Christ for determination of where they spend eternity? Or are you saying that everyone goes to heaven, remains there, serving Christ in some capacity and that there is no eternal Lake of Fire for those who rejected Christ while in the flesh? Thanks for generating thought-provoking topics.

    1. Thanks for the question, Sharon. I am saying that because of Christ, everyone is going to heaven after death. A fuller explanation is at Everyone Is Going to Heaven. I am not saying that it does not matter how we live on earth – on the contrary, it matters very much. However, God in His mercy has provided a safety net beneath which no one may fall.

      I recognize that this is different from what many people have heard, but study of the Bible has convinced me that it is so.

      1. While it might be an interesting discussion, I suspect you and I will not come to a meeting of the minds on this topic. Gratefully, God is all-wise, all-knowing and all-wonderful. He expects each of us to study His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into knowledge and understanding. I have been involved in inductive Bible study for over 20 years and have led Bible studies for over 15 years. I consider myself only a student, not an expert. I do love the study of God’s word and as long as I have breath and the ability to have my wits about me, I’ll never stop learning. We are all His and the details belong to Him – may He ever work out His Master plan in His perfect way! I thank you for your insights and the harvest of your many years of study. I love reading your messages and will continue following A Non-Churchgoer’s Guide to Jesus. May God richly bless you and Janie and your precious family. To God Be The Glory. Fondly, Sharon

        1. Sharon, thank you for your response. I respect and share your view that God is the one who is wise and the rest of us are merely students. And I am grateful and humbled that, even though you don’t anticipate a meeting of the minds on this topic, you haven’t rejected my messages wholesale.

          Since you also read the Bible, you may be interested in the two companion blogs I write to this one. Bible Notes for “A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus” contains contains verses associated with each day’s post. The idea is to help people who aren’t familiar with the Bible be able to become familiar with it by referencing verses that speak to each post I write. The third blog is A Bible Reader’s Guide to Jesus which, as its name implies, is written for people who are familiar with the Bible and would appreciate more biblical explanations for the things that I write in A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus (though the topics of each daily post are not usually coordinated).

          As you can probably tell, the common theme of all three blogs is our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One to whom the Bible points (Luke 24:25-27, 32, 44-45; John 5:39-40; 2 Tim 3:14-15) and the One to whom we owe everything, including our obedience. The greatest privilege of my life is to be able to talk and write about how wonderful He is. I enjoyed hearing your love for Him come through the words you wrote.

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