ORIGIN 3.5
Heaven / hell
Reported in the Bible 3,000 years before science discovered it!
First paragraph in the Bible
'IN THE BEGINNING God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the face of the deep, and the spirt of God was hovering over the waters.'
(Genesis 1:1-2)

Heaven

Heaven is both a place and a state of being. The Bible says that people in heaven will have a different body (perfect), and there will be no sin, pain or sorrow.
There are many references to heaven in the Bible but no detailed description except for a symbolic dream in the book of Revelation, probably because our minds cannot conceive anything so different from our present experiences.
Most people think that heaven is up and far away, but that doesn’t make sense for a rotating earth and is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible says that, at some future time unknown to us, there will be a ‘... a new heaven and a new earth … Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people.’ (Revelation 21:1-3).
Scientists are finding increasing evidence that we're living in a ‘multiverse’ of two or more ‘parallel universes,’ that there are marvelous things all around us that we cannot see, hear or touch. Perhaps heaven, after death, when we get new bodies, includes receptors for experiences in other dimensions here that we cannot even imagine with limitation of our present senses.
Heaven is beyond our capacity to comprehend, and human words cannot describe it. We should dismiss as pure fantasy images such as someone in the clouds, with wings, dressed in white, playing a little harp.
All we can know, and need to know, is that heaven is the wonderful condition after death, with God. It’s where we want to be!

Hell

Hell is what’s left after God leaves.
It is confinement together of all unforgiven sinners, Satan and evil spirits, left alone to fend for themselves in an environment of unstrained evil and suffering, without God and unable to die.
Hell is the exact opposite of heaven. It is the terrible place for people who are not in heaven, totally abandoned by God, cursing themselves for rejecting Christ.
We should dismiss as pure fantasy images such as the Devil with a tail, running around with red suit and pitchfork.
All we can know, and need to know, is that hell is the horrible condition after death, without God. It’s where we don’t want to be!

Romans 9 –But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” h 21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

22What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

Criteria

Some 'bad’ people will go to heaven, like the repentant thief who died on the cross beside Jesus.
Some ‘good’ people will go to hell, like the pious religious leaders rebuked by Jesus.
A person goes to hell for relying on his own merits rather than on Christ’s merits, regardless how good that person may be.
Rejecting Jesus Christ – thinking I’m good enough or I don’t need God’s salvation – is what condemns a person to hell.
In legal terms, this is a matter of offer-and-acceptance. Accepting God's gift is heaven, rejecting it is hell.
No response is same as rejection.

Bible was right

It's only within the last 60 years that science has acknowledged that the earth has NOT ALWAYS EXISTED but rather had a formless beginning from massive external power, just as the Bible has said all along.

It's highly unlikely that any writer three thousand years ago could know about the big bang without divine revelation from the designer/creator.

Scientific comfirmation increases confidence in the Bible and provides another REASON for Christian faith.

FROM FAITH EXPLORER
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