How many people will go to heaven

Do all people go to heaven?

Stefan Breitscheidel

15th January 2019

Dear Mr. Zeindler, I once presumed (even without studying theology) to think about the question of death in connection with a life in heaven and I would be delighted if you could support me constructively. Most Christian religions teach an afterlife or that for good people or those who are pleasing to God there is a life in heaven. But do you go to heaven just because you believe in it? Shouldn't this belief also coincide with God's will and, above all, be found in his word of the Bible? What was God's original plan? God's purpose for the first human couple was that Adam and Eve live eternally on earth under perfect circumstances, without disease or death. Not in heaven! There is no evidence in the entire Bible that God already had heaven in mind here. Why also. According to the Bible, angels already existed before man was created and man himself should live forever on a heavenly earth. Everything was exactly as God had imagined. (Genesis 1: 31 New International Version) “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” According to the Bible, however, man lost God's favor and opportunity because of the fall in the garden of Eden to live forever. (Romans 3: 23, 24 see below) In addition, the following mind game: How would you react if you had planned, constructed and executed a thing perfectly, even if you had put all your strength, time and passion into building it but would now be used improperly, damaged and polluted by someone? E.g. a piece of furniture? Would it just be disposed of or written off? Or would it not be more likely to remove the cause, to lovingly restore the piece of furniture and to ensure that nobody uses it improperly in the future? Undisputed and generally accepted is the fact that this is exactly how God passes. Through the sacrificial death of Jesus, he created a possibility of restoration so that people can again step into a righteous state before him. (Romans 3: 23, 24 Good News Bible) “All are guilty and have lost the glory in which God originally created man. Completely undeservedly, out of pure grace, God lets them stand as righteous before his judgment - because of the redemption that took place through Jesus Christ. ”He also intends in the future to remove the perpetrator and his followers and prevent further harm to donate. This procedure is also logical, since otherwise a restoration would not make sense. The craft would be damaged again and again without removing the culprit. But to stick to the example, do you get anything new after a restoration? Does the piece of furniture suddenly change after that? A bed instead of a chair? Of course not! A restoration always restores the original condition. But what about God? Has God now given up his original purpose, a heavenly earth populated with happy people? Should people now find their happiness in heaven? If so, then there should be a hint in his word, the Bible. Interestingly, however, the Bible provides indications that God still wants people to live here on earth. E.g. ... (Matthew 5: 5 New Geneva Translation) “Happy are the meek to be praised; for they will receive the earth as possession. "(Psalm 37: 29 New Geneva translation)" Those who live according to God's will will receive the land as possession, they will dwell in it forever. "(Psalm 115: 6 Good news)" Heaven belongs to the Lord alone, but he has given the earth to men. ”(Psalm 37: 11 New Geneva translation)“ But the peacemaker will receive the land as possession, they will rejoice in an abundance of peace and happiness ” Another clue is the Kingdom of God, for which Jesus taught to pray in the model prayer / Our Father. Matthew 6 from verse 9 “Our Father in Heaven! Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come “…… etc. To this end, Revelation 5:10 shows that this kingship or kingdom of God is a kingship with kings who rule over the earth. (Revelation 5: 10 Hope for All) “Through you they are now kings and priests who serve our God. And they will rule over the whole earth. ”This also makes sense and is in line with God's original purpose that people should not be left to their own devices, but should live in harmony with God and his laws. Prophetically Daniel also referred to God's Kingdom in chapter 2: 44 and explained that in the future God will put an end to all forms of human rule (kingdoms) through this kingdom. Of course, this also includes taking over the old domains of the defeated “kings” or, more modernly, today's states here on earth. (Daniel 2: 44 Elberfelder 1905) “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed and whose rule will not be left to any other people; it will crush and destroy all those kingdoms, but will itself stand forever. ”This in turn also speaks for the fact that God is still interested in his original purpose to let people live here on earth forever under heavenly circumstances. The description of the condition of the dead that the Bible gives us also gives us another indication that there is no “second life” in heaven. (Gen. 3:19: Luther Bible 2017) “With the sweat of your brow you shall eat your bread until you return to earth, from which you were taken. For you are dust and you return to the dust. ”(Ecclesiastes 9: 5-6 Quantity Bible)“ The living still know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all and have no more reward to expect; even her memory is forgotten. Both love and hate and zeal are long gone for them, and they will forever take no part in anything that goes on under the sun. ”(Ecclesiastes 9:10 New Gospel Translation)“ Whatever you can do, that do! Because with the dead, to whom you go, there is neither doing nor planning, neither knowledge nor wisdom. ”The question is also justified: From where did Jesus actually get the people from death when he was here on earth retrieved? Wouldn't it be pretty heartless if he had snatched her away from the so-called blissful heaven and brought her back to earth, with all the problems and diseases? These are just a few considerations and pointers from the Bible that contradict the idea of ​​a life in heaven after death. If you also examine the origins and backgrounds and discover that the doctrine of the afterlife (e.g. in heaven) has grown out of other religions and philosophical thinking, all that remains is to reject this unbiblical doctrine. In principle, in all that one believes and hopes, one could take as an example the Bereans, of whom the Bible says: (Acts 17: 11 Hope for All) “… They listened carefully to what Paul and Silas taught , and checked daily to see if this was in accordance with the scriptures. ”So instead of just believing everything you were told or heard from somewhere, you checked everything against the Bible. Likewise today every person who believes in God should not follow every consideration, but convince himself of the correctness of his world of belief.