“Are we in heaven?”

After announcing I had died, the guide in the back of the room, said;

“Are we in heaven? Is this proof there is a heaven!”

I studied the faces of the two young readers before me, and man and woman who had their eyes closed. Their faces were beaming. A white light filled the room. Now the guide had his eyes closed, and was wearing a beautiful smile.

Suddenly! We were newborn babies in our cribs looking into each others eyes with a knowing love. We could always see one another wherever we were, because we had come her together for a divine purpous. I started to close my eyes to see more, and the guide ordered me to keep them open. There was a long silence that went on and on. Suddenly we heard footsteps coming up the staircase – in a real hurry! The door burst open. A woman sternly said;

“You can’t stay here! You have to move on!”

My hand has been forced. The gate of hell has been opened. Behold a legion of hell’s angels! Hear the beat of their wings. Bring forth the Sword of God!

Follow me!

Jon the Nazarite

Suddenly before my eyes Hues of indigo arise With them how my spirit sighsPaint the sky with stars Only night will ever know Why the heavens never show All the dreams there are to knowPaint the sky with stars Who has paced the midnight sky? So a spirit has to fly As the heavens seem so far Now who will paint the midnight star? Night has brought to those who sleep Only dreams they cannot keep I have legends in the deep[.

From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/e/enya-lyrics/paint-the-sky-with-stars-lyrics.html .]

Paint the sky with stars Who has paced the midnight sky? So a spirit has to fly As the heavens seem so far Now who will paint the midnight star? Place a name upon the night One to set your heart alight And to make the darkness brightPaint the sky with stars.

Heaven, the Heavens or Seven Heavens, is a common religious cosmological or metaphysical term for the physical or transcendent place from which heavenly beings (such as a Sky deity, God, angels, heavenly rulers, heavenly saints or venerated ancestors) originate, are enthroned or inhabit. It is commonly believed that heavenly beings can descend to earth or take on earthly flesh and that earthly beings can ascend to Heaven in the afterlife or in exceptional cases enter Heaven alive. Heaven is often described as a “higher place”, the holiest place, a Paradise, in contrast to Hell or the Underworld or the “low places”, and universally or conditionally accessible by earthly beings according to various standards of divinity, goodness, piety, faith, or other virtues or right beliefs or simply the Will of God. Some believe in the possibility of a Heaven on Earth in a World to Come.

Entry into Heaven from Earth
Main articles: Entering heaven alive and Afterlife
Religions that speak about heaven differ on how (and if) one gets into it, either in the afterlife or while still alive. In many religions, entrance to Heaven is conditional on having lived a “good life” (within the terms of the spiritual system) or “accepting God into your heart.” A notable exception to this is the ‘sola fide’ belief of many mainstream Protestant Christians, which teaches that one does not have to live a perfectly “good life,” but that one must accept (believe and put faith in) Jesus Christ as one’s saviour, and then Jesus Christ will assume the guilt of one’s sins; believers are believed to be forgiven regardless of any good or bad “works” one has participated in; the bible teaches that man must be holy and perfect before seeing the Lord as recorded in Hebrews 12:14,[clarification needed] which is achieved through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, wiping every human being’s slate clean, so they may enter the perfect presence of the Lord.[3] Catholic Christians too speak of heaven as unattainable by even heroic human effort and having been “opened” by the death and resurrection of Jesus.[4] They see heaven as promised by God as a reward for good works made possible only by his grace,[5] while “the works of the flesh” exclude from heaven.[6]
The Rapture is a reference to “being caught up” as found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, when the “dead in Christ” and “we who are alive and remain” will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord.[7]
[edit] Results of exclusion from heaven
Main articles: Afterlife and World to Come
Many religions[who?] state that those who do not go to heaven will go to another place, hell, which is eternal in religions such as Christianity. Some religions uphold the belief that other forms of afterlife exist in addition to heaven and hell, such as purgatory, though many hells, such as Naraka, serve as purgatories themselves. Some belief systems contain universalism, the belief that everyone will go to heaven eventually, no matter what they have done or believed on earth. Some forms of Christianity, and other religions believe hell to be the termination of the soul. Some Christian denominations believe in an Intermediate state between death and the Resurrection of the Dead.

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