Destination Heaven

 

DO ALL DEAD PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN?

Why does the world assume that when a person dies they go to heaven and become angels, or that some spirits roam the earth trying to find peace. This is a distorted view of the afterlife and heaven. Where did they get this ridicules ideal from anyway. How does a person come to this conclusion, maybe it is because it sounds heaven like? If you get your thinking from television or from Hollywood you are sadly misinformed.

If your ideals come from any of the false and flawed religion’s of the world, you will find they are shallow and full of empty promises. On the other hand the Holy Bible offers real hope and solid answers. No other religion has a loving God that wants a personal relationship with His creation.

According to Buddhist Heaven is Nirvana, The only way to get to Nirvana is to not want to get there, in fact, one needs to not want to reach Nirvana because a lack of desire is the key to enlightenment. The ego must be destroyed to reach Nirvana. When you get there, you just are you. You exist without worry or desire. Islam believes if you’ve done more good than bad in your lifetime you go to a garden where you lie on couches in an atmosphere where the temperature is always perfect. Eastern religions don’t really have heaven, instead you just get a release from the suffering that is existence. Since Hindus believe in reincarnation, heaven is more of a release from that endless cycle.

The word “angel” actually comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means “messenger. Angels are mentioned at least 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament (Chafer, Systematic Theology, II, 3). There is ample information available in Scripture to allow us to build a foundation for our knowledge of angelic beings. Hewbrews 1:14 reads”Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?  Angels are superior in nature to man, but man has a more intimate relationship with God than angels.

The essential difference is that angels are not created in the image of God. After the creation of angels God created man and gave him dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:16). Even in his sinful nature man has not lost his unique stature. He is the fallen prophet, priest and king, the prodigal son. Angels are spiritual beings,simultaneously yet individually created, who don’t have physical relationships and can’t form families. They were not created to develop skills or talents or to have dominion over the world. They can’t progress from a lower level to a higher level. A human being has a body and a soul; he is born, grows up and dies; angels do not go through the same process. They were complete at their creation. They always remain the same.

God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27. Death is not the only qualification that’s required for heaven nor is it a landing spot for all dead people. Heaven is a gated community with only one way in, one doorway and that is Jesus Christ. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (NIV)

T.W. Shouse