Q: Do you ever try to imagine what heaven must be like? I do. Do you think it will have buildings and trees and things like that, or will it be completely different from anything we know? I wonder about this. — R.N.
A: The Bible admittedly doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven, and one reason is because our minds are simply too limited to fully understand its glory and greatness. As the Bible says, “What we will be has not yet been made known” (1 John 3:2).
But the Bible does tell us two important truths about heaven that are related to your question. First, it tells us that heaven is glorious, far more glorious than anything we can even begin to imagine on Earth. The most spectacular sunset you’ve ever witnessed … the most beautiful flower you ever examined … the most awesome mountain range you ever saw … all these will be as nothing compared with heaven’s glory. When the Apostle John was given a glimpse of heaven, he “fell down to worship” (Revelation 22:8).
But the Bible also indicates that in heaven we won’t feel like complete strangers, because much of it will seem familiar to us (although no longer imperfect). John’s vision of the heavenly city included streets, and trees, and walls, and gates, and a river of clearest water (see Revelation 21-22). It will be like the Garden of Eden, but without any danger from sin or Satan. Jesus said, “My Father’s house has many rooms. … I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).
The most important truth about heaven, however, is that you can go there! The reason is because God has provided the way, and that way is Jesus Christ, who gave his life for our salvation. Is your faith and trust in him?
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