Top 10 Questions People Have About Heaven
Heaven seems to be a mystery to most people. Even Christians, who believe Heaven exists and understand how and why they will get to spend eternity there, don’t understand what it is like.
It’s simply hard for us to imagine Heaven in all of its splendor.
As a result, many have big questions about what Heaven will really be like.
Fortunately, God doesn’t keep His children in the dark. We can simply go to Scripture and find answers to some of our biggest questions about Heaven.
Will We See God Face-to-Face?
In the song “When I Get Where I’m Going” performed by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, they sing:
But when I get where I'm going,
And I see my Maker's face,
I'll stand forever in the light,
Of His amazing grace.
It’s hard to picture our Creator. Throughout Scripture, God has appeared through His Son, as a cloud, in a burning bush, and more. Scripture says:
“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” -- John 1:18
It’s difficult for us even to think about seeing Him face-to-face. But will we? The answer is yes!
Those who go to Heaven will get to see the Savior.
In the Beatitudes, Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8).
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John makes it clear those who worship God will see His face (Revelation 22:4).
Randy Alcorn writes, “That’s why the most astonishing sight we can anticipate in Heaven is not streets of gold or pearly gates or loved ones who’ve died before us. It will be coming face-to-face with our Savior. To look into Jesus’ eyes will be to see what we’ve always longed to see: the person who made us and for whom we were made. And we’ll see Him in the place He made for us and for which we were made.”
Will We Have Bodies?
There is much confusion about what human beings will look like when we get to Heaven.
Some picture humans as ghost-like creatures. Others think we will look the same as we do now. (I personally hope for a much skinnier version!)
The easiest way to answer this question is to think about how Jesus appeared after the resurrection. He was not a ghost – He had flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).
In Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven, he goes into great detail explaining the new earth. According to Alcorn, “We normally think of going up to Heaven to live with God in His place. That’s what happens when believers die. But the ultimate promise is that God will come down to live with us in our place, on the New Earth. We’ll be physical beings living in a physical world—eating, drinking, playing, working, and laughing to God's glory.”
Will We Still Be Ourselves?
Sometimes people take the idea of being made new into being made into a whole new person once we reach Heaven. Again, let’s look at Jesus first. After His resurrection, He was still Jesus but in a body made new.
Likewise, we can believe we will remain ourselves in Heaven because who else would we become?
And, if we don’t remain ourselves, then why would eternal accountability matter?
Will We Know Our Loved Ones?
Possibly one of the most asked questions is whether or not we will know our loved ones.
When someone we love passes away, it helps ease the pain when we think of seeing the person again in Heaven. But is this true?
Randy Alcorn explains, “Scripture gives no indication of a memory wipe causing us not to recognize family and friends. Paul anticipated being with the Thessalonians in heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and it never occurred to him he wouldn't know them […] Relationships among God's people will resume in ways even better than what we've known here.”
Will We Still Be Married?
Throughout the Bible, we hear about the marriage of Christ to His bride. We are His bride. Therefore, we can assume the most important marriage in Heaven will be the one between Christ and His beloved church.
However, Alcorn points out, “Jesus said the institution of human marriage would end, having fulfilled its purpose. But He never hinted that deep relationships between married people would end.”
What Will We Spend Our Time Doing?
Eternity is such a long time, and we struggle even to comprehend it.
So, it’s natural to question what we will do there for all that endless time.
Thankfully, Luke and the Apostle John give us a good idea of how we’ll spend eternity.
First, we will worship our Creator.
Next, we will feast, eat, and celebrate (Luke 22:30 & Revelation 19:9).
Plus, we will spend time with fellow believers – including the heroes you have read about in the Bible.
Finally, we will continue to serve God in Heaven.
Will There Be Animals in Heaven?
We love our pets, so it’s natural to wonder if “All Dogs Go to Heaven.” Randy Alcorn thinks so.
He writes, “Scripture says a great deal about animals, portraying them as earth's second most important inhabitants. God entrusted animals to us, and our relationships with animals are a significant part of our lives. Scripture's descriptions of animals peacefully inhabiting the earth may have application to a millennial kingdom on the old earth, but their primary reference appears to be to God's eternal kingdom, where mankind and animals will together enjoy a redeemed earth.”
Will We Eat or Drink?
The short and quick answer is YES!
When eternity is discussed in scripture, it often refers to feasting.
“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined (Isaiah 25:6).”
Will Heaven Be Boring?
Sadly, some have fallen for the lie that Heaven will be boring.
This is far from the truth!
Alcorn explains, “God is creative, fascinating and anything but boring. Heaven is going to be full of surprises and adventures as we learn more about God and explore His new universe, the restored earth that He has prepared for us. The new earth will have plenty to keep us busy!”
Who Goes to Heaven?
Only those who have put their faith in Jesus and have asked for forgiveness will spend eternity in Heaven. If you want to be sure you are going to Heaven, please see our previous blog that answers this question in detail.