YOU might have been taught to believe that in heaven you will enjoy the Kingdom of God; that all the faithful go there when they die; that Abraham, Elijah, David and all other faithful men and women of old are there receiving their reward in bliss; and that heaven is your home and so when you die you will go there.
But have you any scriptural authority to support your belief? Has your pastor or catechist quoted the Bible to satisfy you that David and others are in heaven and that you, too, will be there? Or you merely rely on what you are told?
Let us consider the following points:
(1) If God’s Kingdom will be in heaven alone, why did Jesus Christ teach his disciples to pray for the Kingdom to come to the earth so that His will might be done here as it is in heaven? (Matt. 6: 9, 10) And if all the faithful will go to heaven, who will be in the kingdom here on earth when it comes in answer to the Lord’s Prayer?
Moreover, if all the good are gone to heaven in the last day and the wicked to “hell-fire” as some are teaching, what will become of the earth? Will it vanish?
But in Ecclesiastes 1: 4, it is written that “the earth abideth for ever”. And in Isaiah 45: 12, 18, it is stated in clear terms that God formed the earth “to be inhabited”—by men of course..
Jesus Christ did not teach that all the good will go to heaven; rather he said: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” –Matt. 5: 5.
Long before the advent of Christ, King David who was also a prophet stated: “For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shall diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”—Ps. 37: 10-11.
Solomon who too was a king and prophet had this to say: “Behold the righteous shall be recompensed IN THE EARTH…”—Pro. 11: 31.
(2) If Enuch, Abraham, Elijah, David and other ancient faithful were gone to heaven long before Christ was born as some are teaching, why did Jesus Christ, when he came to the earth, say positively, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven”?—John 3: 13.
He further said: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”(Matt. 11: 11) If none of the earlier prophets and holy men was greater than John the Baptist, and the least of those in heaven is greater than he (John), as he had not gone and would not go to heaven, it follows, therefore that all those before him (John) are NOT in heaven.
And concerning David it is written: “For David is not ascended into the heavens…” –Acts 2: 34. If he is not in heaven as St. Peter clearly stated, why do some Christians in treat him saying: “David pray for us”? Can the dead pray for one? Look up Ps. 115: 17 (Ps. 113: 17, 18 in Douay Version).
(3) If the good who die go to heaven and the bad to “hell-fire”, why did Jesus Christ say that on resurrection day ALL the dead—both good and bad—will come from the GRAVES and not from heaven or “Fire”? Said he: “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation>”—John 5: 28, 29.
Will the good who are already in heaven enjoying bliss be sent back to the grave and raised again? Will there be any need to resurrect people who are already rewarded with eternal bliss? Obviously, the teaching that all the faithful go to heaven when they die is contrary to the teaching of resurrection which is one of the fundamental doctrines in the Bible. And if it is true that good Christians go to heaven to enjoy eternal blessing, why do their relatives and friends not rejoice at their death but weep and lament and mourn?
Let us all ponder these things and be true t ourselves, and put away errors. The TRUTH only can make us free. (John 8: 32) Yes, it is the knowledge and acceptance of the truth that will bring salvation to believers. –1 Tim. 2: 3-4; 2 Pet. 3: 18; (Hosea 4: 6).