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Wordwise Insight, Issue #152
March 14, 2017


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Do people go to heaven when they die?

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Go to Heaven

QUESTION: Do people go to heaven when they die?

ANSWER: Thanks for the question. It's quite a broad subject, so I'll try to look at it from several different angles.

About Human Spirituality
Your question implies at least the possibility of something beyond what we see and know in this mortal life, a spiritual and eternal world beyond our own material and temporal one. That thought, that there must be more beyond this life, is common to man. The Bible tells us God "has put eternity in their [human] hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end? (Ecc. 3:11).

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says of that Bible text: "People have a longing or desire to know the extra-temporal [beyond the present world] significance of themselves and their deeds or activities" (p. 984). It seems there's a kind of inborn sense of...something...but certain knowledge of it remains out of reach It's a world that seems misty and mysterious, and it's often the realm of wild imaginings, fearful superstitions, and even the deceptions of demonic spirits (I Tim. 4:1).

"The natural man [a human being born physically into this world, but not born again by the Spirit of God] does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Cor. 2:14). "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit" (I Cor. 2:9-10).

The unsaved person does not have the ability to grasp spiritual things, or the spiritual power to live a life pleasing to God. But that is within reach. Sinners can be saved by God's grace, through faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-10; cf. Jn. 3:16). When we are, we're also ...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on Go to Heaven.)


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

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