Everyone who is going to Heaven is already there…
I have a theory… if time doesn’t exist in Heaven… or rather if all moments in time exist in Heaven… then everyone who is going to Heaven is already there. So I’m already in Heaven… not the me you see… but the perfect spiritual being that God sees. Paul says, in Colossians 3 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” This gives me great comfort because I can believe that I am already spending eternity with all my loved ones who have gone on before me. All of the animals go to Heaven for sure. They are all God’s creation and are incapable of sin, so they are there. People on the other hand come under the curse of “original sin” and can not be in the presence of God in our present condition. I believe that whatever impurities that exist in us are burned away at the judgement after death and then all that is left is the purity of our perfect spirit. We are spiritual beings temporarily living in this physical world.
I’m not saying that everyone goes to Heaven. Maybe they do… maybe they don’t. Maybe after all the impurities are burned away, there is nothing left. I would like to believe that everyone goes to Heaven, but the Bible certainly doesn’t say that. I believe that I’m going to Heaven… not because of anything I’ve done to get there. A lot of people think, “Hey, I’m a pretty good person so I think God will let me in to Heaven… that is, if there is a Heaven.” I didn’t always believe there was a Heaven. Even though I was dragged to church my entire childhood, I was not really understanding that Jesus was actually God come to earth (Emmanuel), until I was 44 years old. Actually, I didn’t really believe that the Bible was for real at all until I did a lot of research and found that the New Testament is one of the most documented writings in existence. It became clear to me that Jesus was killed and then came back to life. Everything hinges on that fact. If Jesus died and rose again… and there were plenty of eye witnesses to that fact… then I think maybe I should pay attention to what He has to say. Jesus obviously believes in Heaven. And He also said all we have to do is believe. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should have everlasting life” There is nothing we can do to earn our way to Heaven. No one is “good” enough.
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We are used to reality. When we look at a tree, we see just a tree, and it doesn’t impress us. We look at our husbands and wives, and it feels normal and doesn’t impress us. Little children seem to be impressed by everything. They see reality as very strange, because reality is very strange! From sub atomic particles to how energy interacts with our environment, our reality is extremely complex and strange. It’s bizarre, and it’s beautiful.
And we get used to ourselves. When we look at ourselves and our lives, we are used to what we see, and it doesn’t impress us. We think a certain way, feel a certain way, and we have a certain “normal” reality that we live in. But our world is extremely bizarre, and our reality is extremely bizarre. One just has to listen for Greg for 10 minutes to understand the bizarreness of the human condition.
But our reality doesn’t show a fraction of what is true about us, and what is true about us is even more bizarre and beautiful than our world. The normal boring you and your normal boring world are not the truth. When you identified yourself with Christ, the normal you with all its fears, anger, and sadness died when Jesus died. The normal you died. But the new true you, the one that God says are beautiful and beyond worth, were resurrected when Jesus was resurrected.
Even beyond that, when you were resurrected with Christ, the real you was united with Christ. You have a distinct personality and history on this Earth, but you are united with Christ so his life is your life. This means that right now, you are animated by the love of Christ, the joy of Christ, and the peace of Christ. And this real you is hidden with Christ in God. Whereas your normal you is threatened by all of the things in this world, the real you is safe and secure with God. The ups and downs of life, the sickness, the job loss, and the pains of life cannot afflict the real you.
But you’ve probably noticed that all you feel is the normal you and all the fear/sickness that comes with it. This is the task that God leaves for us; the task of regaining authority over our mind, our feelings, and our behaviors. And as the Church, we are striving to regain our authority over the world so we can once again be co-rulers with God. This is why we set our hearts and minds on things above and not on earthly things below.
What we should seek until our dying day is the knowledge and feelings of being the children of God now, in this life. All who have this hope purify themselves because it is true already. Everyone who is going to Heaven is already there… We are entangled with Christ in a way in which we can’t see, and we can see the truth through that entanglement. Everyone who is going to Heaven is already there…