Q: How can we know if heaven exists? Maybe it’s just an idea people dreamed up so they’d have something to look forward to when they die. Or maybe we’ll have to wait until we die to find out if there’s anything afterward. — P.G.
A: Heaven is real; it’s even more real than the world you see around you. Someday this world in its present form will come to an end, but heaven will never end! As the Bible says, “What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
How do I know heaven exists? I know it first of all because of God’s promises. From one end of the Bible to the other, God has told us that we were not meant for this world alone. We were created in the image of God, and just as God cannot die, neither can we. Jesus said, “I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).
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I know heaven exists also because of God’s plan. We aren’t here by chance; God put us here, and someday he will destroy all evil and bring us into his eternal kingdom. In the words of perhaps the most familiar passage in the Old Testament, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
But I know heaven exists most of all because of God’s power in Jesus Christ. By his death on the cross Christ provided the way for our sins to be forgiven, and by his resurrection from the dead he opened the door to eternal life. By faith give your life to Christ and put your confidence in him. Then you’ll know beyond all doubt that he is with you right now — and ahead of you is heaven.
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