The Final Authority on Heaven


What we need to know about Heaven is found in God’s Word!

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

Some of the bestselling books recently have been on the topic of heaven and the experience of dying and going to heaven.

I am not in a position to say whether these people have or have not gone to heaven. I don’t know whether they made up these stories, whether they may be intentionally lying about it, or whether they indeed had some time in the next dimension. All I can do is take what has been written and compare it to what I read in the Bible.

Not long ago, someone told me that she knew what Jesus looked like, because she read about it in a book about heaven by someone who claimed to have seen Jesus Christ and then described him. I told her that I would not base it on that.

In fact, I was only a few pages into one such book when I found something that was inconsistent with Scripture. I thought, Wait a second. I am not going to build my faith on what this person says. I am building my faith on what God says in His Word.

The Bible actually has a lot of things to say about heaven. Here are a few of them:

  • People in heaven are aware of the fact that loved ones are not saved (see Luke 16:19–31).
  • When people believe in Jesus on Earth, it is public knowledge in heaven (see Luke 15:7).
  • People in heaven may know about the passing of time and place of events on Earth (see Revelation 6:10).

My belief is that everything I need to know about heaven is found in the pages of the Bible. I don’t have to go beyond that.

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