Heaven and Hell
  Myth Buster: If you believe that in Heaven all you do is play a harp, you are very much out of tune  
Introduction: Of course you have heard the lines that all the fun is in Hell, and Heaven is where you sit around strumming harps. There is so much misconception around both places. So let’s look at what the Holy Bible says about both options, starting of course with Heaven. 

There are great theological debates as to exactly what heaven is or where it will be. For the purpose of this page, I am going to describe Heaven or Paradise as the place where we can go to spend eternity with Almighty God when we die. It is the place where most people deep down hope they will go, probably because they don’t really like the alternative. So what is Heaven like?
Here are some of the ways The Bible describes it.
“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21)
Paul writing in Corinthians tells how he was caught up to Heaven and heard inexpressible things that he was not permitted to tell. But he also says this “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”.
Jesus said he was going back to his Father’s house to prepare a place for his followers where they can be with him.
“They are before the throne of God and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger or thirst. Scorching heat will not beat upon them. For the Lord will be their shepherd and he will lead them to the springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7v15ff.  

There was a joke doing the email rounds that went like this. The devil came to a man and said “Would you like to come to hell rather than heaven?” The man replied “Surely hell is full of desolation and suffering.” The devil answered “Why don’t you come for a visit and have a look?” So the man went to have a look round and saw lovely beaches, and long stylish golf courses and beautiful women everywhere. He was most impressed and said to the devil, “Let me come to join you in Hell.” Instantly he was taken to a place of desolation and suffering. As the devil turned to leave him in his torment the man shouted “But where is what you promised me?” The devil smiled. “Oh that was just my recruitment drive.” 

Now I am really averse to the Hell-Fire preaching that some evangelists use to frighten people into salvation. But Hell is a reality talked about in the Bible and I have to write about it. Hell was created for the punishment of the evil Satan/Devil and his fallen angels, not actually for people. But unfortunately there is nowhere else to go. Popular ideas state that we just go over to the “other side”. Jesus said quite clearly this is not the case and gave clear warning of the outcomes of rejecting Almighty God.
Jesus said in Matthew 13v 41” The Son of Man (Jesus – The Son of God) will send out his angels and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father (God)”.

So how do you get to join God in his heaven? I have covered this in "How to become a Christian".  

When we stand before Almighty God as the Bible says we surely will, what will he say to you? “Come on in my beloved”, or “I’m sorry I never knew you”? There is a verse in the Bible that says “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”. That means everyone. Depending on when you say it depends on where you go. If you say it willingly during your life, before you die you will be invited into this glorious heaven. 

For those who are stubborn and wait till after they die they will have no choice but to bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. But the Bible says that then it will be too late and they will not be allowed in. And no amount of blagging will get God to change his mind, because although we might pick and choose at the truth, Almighty God will not. And his decision will not be based on spite or cruelty. You see, God has a role for those that love him. He will put everything under their rule. That is one reason that God will not allow anyone who doesn’t love or want him into his Heaven. How can God possibly give his authority to someone who didn’t want to know? 

If you have read the skeleton, you will know about the Garden of Eden and man’s role in it. In Eden, God walked and talked with man in perfect harmony and gave man authority over the earth. Eden was a reflection of Paradise where God will live once again with his beloved people for ever and ever and give them authority to rule again. Once found in Eden, The Tree of Life is now to be found in Paradise. 

Jesus gives an example of three servants who were called together by their boss who was going away. This boss gave one man five talents, one man two talents and the third man one talent, each according to his ability. The man with five talents used his money to double up, as did the man with two talents. The third man with one talent however, went and hid his boss’s talent. When the boss returned he called the men to him and was well pleased with the first two men, putting them in charge of many things. But he was angry with the third man who gave him back his one talent and took the talent away from him and then cast him out into the darkness.
  Just a thought: Our life here on earth is God’s testing ground for our eternity to come.