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Heaven Is On Earth

Updated on October 22, 2020
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Rodric's opinion of the Restored Gospel's doctrines change as more revelation comes. In the meantime, reasoning and perception rule the day.

Heaven is not in the Sky

Planes that fly above the clouds helps us to see no angels there or people other than those on the flying machine! The Scriptures point out that thing must be seen with our spiritual eyes. God most likely would obscure the view of peering eyes into heaven if it was floating in the atmosphere of Earth. That, I am confident, is not the case.

I was led to believe by my cartoons, not at church, that a cloud is a resting place for the spirits of the dead. There is no concrete evidence of clouds being the home of those who have gone on in the Bible. As a child, I assumed if grown-ups allowed us to watch it on television, it must be true!

I am so glad childish things did not destroy my reasoning. Heaven is not in the sky, per se, and God does not live in the sky on a throne in a cloud. I have no idea where this concept of heaven came from, but it is not what I understand God's dwelling place to be.

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All people, save a minority of humankind, will go to heaven. A bold statement, but it is true. The concept of heaven mentioned here is beyond what many are taught in Protestantism or is it?

Heaven Is Here

That is the great mystery solved. Heaven is on earth! When the spirits of the dead leave their bodies, they don't go floating off to some distant ethereal realm in a parallel universe!

Actually, maybe that thing about the ethereal realm in a parallel universe part might be correct--but it is not in the clouds!

All of the people who have ever died, and have not resurrected, live here on Earth until they get resurrected.

Dale C Mouritsen, who served as the president of the Santa Clara California Stake Seventies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote:

According to Latter-day Saint doctrine, the spirit world is the place of residence for all those who have died and are awaiting the resurrection and the inseparable connection of their spirits and bodies. Thus, it is not the place where God the Father, the resurrected Lord, and other resurrected beings dwell. Rather, it is an intermediate condition or state where people await the resurrection—a sphere where disembodied spirits live in one of several conditions according to what their mortal lives have merited. (The Spirit World, Our Next Home)

The righteous people become workers for God on our behalf. Call them guardian angels or not, they are constantly praying for us, with us and helping us--trying to coax us by the power of the Holy Ghost to choose the right and qualify for the righteous state of heaven that awaits.

It is a great deception that Satan has unleashed upon the world that heaven is a hard to obtain place. Repentance is the key to Heaven.

Heaven is Eternal.

Heaven does not end. It begins with thespirits of the righteous living in peace and rest in paradise and continues after the resurrection of the souls of humanity.

I suppose we could say this is the heaven that is unique to the Christians of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As long as there are children of God who come to Earth [or one of many Earths] and live righteous lives there will always be a state of Heaven for them when they leave mortal life

All people, save a minority of humankind, will go to heaven. A bold statement, but it is true. The concept of heaven mentioned here is beyond what many are taught in Protestantism or is it?

I was taught in my Pentecostal upbringing that in my Father's kingdom there are many mansions and that Christ went to prepare a place for us [John 14:2]. The mother of my wife, an avid Protestant, constantly speaks of getting into the basement of God's mansion and "being happy with that alone!".

She jokes about "sleeping on God's porch" with satisfaction--jokingly attempting to make the point that she'd be happy being in God's presence as a Christian who accepts Jesus, "just being in the same house!". How will all of us go to heaven, save a few?

The truth is and has always been that God will have more souls saved than Satan will curse by far. The hell that is prepared for Satan, his angels, and the lost souls of humanity is very exclusive--hard to obtain.

To sleep on the porch of God's mansion is enough for me! Just a bed in the Basement... a cot in the yard...!"

— Pamela R. G. Lindley

Barbara Walters ABC '20/20' special on 'Heaven' - The Church of Jesus Christ's Perspective

It is a great deception that Satan has unleashed upon the world that heaven is a hard to obtain place. Repentance is the key to Heaven.

Again, repentance is the key to getting to heaven. Baptism is the door, but that is another subject.

Heaven is not impossible to obtain. Chances are high that YOU, the reader, will make it. As with all great rewards, the highest mansions in heaven require the hard work, and by work, learning to love and keep ALL of God's commandments in this life because Christ's grace is sufficient for those who love Him.

Jesus taught, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." [John 14:15-21]

It can happen so to speak. We are rewarded according to our faithfulness to God because of the Grace of Christ.

Our aim should be to sit at His table and join in His household as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. We were never meant to be pets to God. We are His offspring and were meant to rule with Him in the heavens in all humility.

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Summary

The spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow Alma 40:12.

These words of Alma sum up heaven. Heaven is a place and a state of being. It is here on Earth and will serve as a waiting place until the resurrection for righteous spirits. Paradise is where the righteous go immediately after death, which is heaven here on this planet.

Heaven is also a term many Saints use to describe the state of all people who served God in life after the resurrection has occurred. When spirits and bodies reunite because of the Atonement of Christ, all the levels of heaven will be the home of humanity. There are degrees or multiple mansions in heaven--from the shacks or shanties to the palaces.

Exaltation, the highest manifestation of heaven is where people who accepted their crosses in life and gave the honor to the Father just as Christ did. That is where God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit reside. That is the subject of the next Topic of Heaven.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Rodric Anthony

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