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Where is heaven and hell?

Postby Chillin' » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:43 pm

Does heaven or hell physically exsist? If so, is heaven another planet? Maybe in a another galaxy? Or is it a state of mind?

Re: Where is heaven and hell?

Postby jimwalton » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:11 am

Heaven right now is a spiritual place that is God's presence. It's not where God lives; it doesn't contain God. God is everywhere, so there is not "location" where he lives. It's not part of our universe. When we say we want to go to heaven, what we are really saying is that we want to be in God's presence. It's not a place, per se, it's a relationship.

In the future, though, at the end of time, heaven WILL be a location, and it will be on the earth. There will be a new heaven and a new earth, the holy city will descend to the earth, and that's a physical place where we will live in our resurrection (physical, but a different kind than now) bodies. We are not headed for a ghostlike, spiritual eternity, but a physical existence, though certainly a different kind of physical existence (1 Cor. 15). When you read the description of our final destination in Rev. 22, it's earth. In the end God's presence will fill the earth as it does "the heavens" right now (Rev. 22.3-4). We will all live here in our resurrected bodies.

Same thing for hell. Hell is separation from God. Right now it's a spiritual place, but it will also eventually be a physical location.

So, to answer your questions, right now heaven and hell don't physically exist. Heaven is not another planet. It's not in another galaxy. And it's not a state of mind.

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