Are you curious about what happens after death? What does Heaven look like? Are there angels or other supernatural beings? Is there a God?
There are countless stories about Heaven, but no one really knows what it looks like. Some believe it’s a place where God lives, while others say it’s a paradise filled with sunshine and eternal bliss.
Many religions teach that life continues after death. Some believe that the soul goes directly to Heaven, while others say that the soul moves through purgatory before going to Heaven. Others believe that there is no afterlife at all.
People from all over the world have asked these questions since ancient times. Many religions have their own version of Heaven, but they all share some common elements.
For example, everyone has access to food, water and air, and they don’t age or get sick. There are also places where people can worship God and receive guidance.
But what do people do in Heaven? After all, there must be some reason why our souls would ascend to such a place.
In the article below, we are going to take a look at the different components of Heaven and what happens to us when we are granted access through its pearly gates…
Do People In Heaven Miss Their Lives On Earth?
The short and simple answer to this question is no – people in Heaven do not miss their lives on earth. But why is this? Well, as Christians it is our goal to follow God’s teachings and be granted access to his kingdom.
This is the plan that God has for those who worship him and believe in his power:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Once we die and enter Heaven, we will never miss our lives on earth, as Heaven is the final paradise and will give us everything that God has promised.
Some believe that God will ask us to continue his work in Heaven, which will be part of his plan and therefore part of the eternal life he has fashioned for us.
Do We Become Angels When We Die?
Despite the popular belief that we become angels when we die, this is not actually true, as death is a relocation of the same person from one world to another.
While our surroundings change, we remain the same, as it is our souls that ascend to Heaven and continue to perform God’s work:
Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8
While we do not change after death, this does not mean that we will not see angels or God himself. In fact, as heavenly souls, we will be among the angels and God’s light, where we will be protected for the rest of time.
What Do People Do In Heaven?
Believe it or not, Heaven is actually a realm of hard work and education, even though this belief is not known by the masses.
However, the concept of Heaven being a place of work is first introduced in the Book of Genesis, when God created Adam and places him in the Garden of Eden to work the land:
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
In fact, God himself is a worker, as he created the heavens and the earth and continued to watch over them in his wisdom. In the Bible, Jesus speaks openly about God’s labor and how he is dedicated to his work:
My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.
Jesus himself also took satisfaction in being a hard worker and often compared his work as providing the same sustenance as food or water:
My food, Jesus said, is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.
Because of this, we must also do work when we die and enter Heaven, as this is the example set by God and his Son.
The work itself will be enriching, as we will be expected to follow God’s instruction and accomplish our goals in his glory – sometimes paradise is more than just an eternity of bliss.
Do People In Heaven Retain Their Emotions & Memories?
In the Bible, it is said that God loves the spectrum of emotions, which includes everything from happiness to anger.
This means that to be like God, we must express our emotions and accept them into our lives. Because of this, we still retain our emotions after we die, as that is the example set by God.
However, we are also told that those in Heaven experience many emotions, with many being positive emotions because of their new surroundings.
In Heaven, devout people are rewarded with celebrations, feasts and singing, which means people experience happiness in Heaven and are wanton to laugh:
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
But what does the Bible say about sadness in Heaven? Can we weep in Heaven and is there a reason to? In the Book of Revelation, we are told that no one cries in Heaven and that all sadness will be washed away:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying or pain.
Some people believe that in Heaven we forget those who loved on earth and do not recognize each other in paradise. However, this belief is false, as what would be the point in Heaven if we could not share it with those we love?
While we might be busy with God’s work, we will still know each other and recognize our loved ones:
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord of air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 – 18
Will We Know Everything When We Enter Heaven?
Another reason why Heaven is our goal is because of the wisdom it will bestow upon us, which will allow us to see the world more clearly.
While many Christians believe that we gain God’s wisdom when we die, only God himself is omniscient, and we will never know as much as him:
For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?
In Heaven, we become divine beings, without any flaws or sins. This is what being finite is all about, as even the angels do not know everything in the universe.
Like angels, we become flawless yet finite, although we will never achieve the same knowledge as angels, as even they rank above us:
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven. Even angels long to look into these things…
1 Peter 1:12
While many Christians view Heaven as the final paradise, this does not mean it is a land of revelry and celebration, although these things are also promised.
Instead, Heaven is a place of work, where we must set out to accomplish the goals given to us by God, for as souls of the dead we do not have the same wisdom as him and his angels.