Is hell in the bible? What if I quit church? Didn't Jesus die on the
cross to save everyone? Do I have free will? Is God mad at the world? Where's God? I don't understand the Bible! Am I going to burn in hell if
I sin? Is there a heaven? My pastor says I have to be baptized. Where is my dead mother? Is
Satan real? Does God really care if I love Him? Is there a hell? Why
is there so much evil in the world? Isn't God in control?
Q: My daughter (who loves Paul's evangel)
is driving me crazy with John 3:13: "And no one has ascended into heaven except He Who descends out of heaven, the Son of Mankind Who is in heaven."
What happens to Gen 5:24 (Enoch) and 2 Kings 2:11 (Elijah)?
A: "Heaven" in the Greek is "SEE-UP." It is anything that isn't on earth. When you wave your hand, you're waving it in heaven. The birds fly in heaven. Technically, the stars also are in heaven. Jesus is in heaven. So you see? It's rather a broad term, although there is another term for the highest heavens, "celestial," in the Greek, "ON-SEE-UP."
Enoch and Elijah both went into heaven--but they came back. That's the catch. Enoch is mentioned in the book of Hebrews as one who "died in faith." He eventually died a natural death. He was "translated" in the manner of Philip in the book of Acts: now you see him, now you don't. Philip landed in Azotus. I don't know where Enoch landed after he was translated, but he landed somewhere because he eventually died.
Elijah went into heaven in a dramatic way that was seen by Elisha. It was not unlike a man in a glider or a hot air balloon. Such men as the Wright Brothers and Lindberg "went into heaven." This is NOT, of course, the high heavens where Christ is. In John 3:13, Jesus is speaking of the highest heavens, but that is not mentioned in the text--which is the problem here--only implied.
I am a spiritual seeker, just like you. I have sampled the religious
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All my life, I have had deep questions about God and my relationship to Him: Why
am I here? Why is there so much evil in the world? Is the universe coming to an
end? What will happen to my unbelieving loved ones after they die? How important
is it to attend a church? I didnít find answers in church. In fact, most of the
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