What happens when we die?
This is one of the most difficult questions that we ever have to answer. All of us will die one day and it would be helpful to know if there is anything to come after death or not.
What Jesus said about heaven
Jesus wanted us to be in no doubt that heaven existed and that it is a wonderful place to be. He described heaven in terms that we can understand and it is a wonderful place where all our troubles are over.
He also said that not everyone would make it to heaven but he set the barrier for entry very low.
But Jesus was not just concerned with the after-life he also wanted to see heaven breaking through on to earth. So we can enjoy heaven even before we die.
For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him - William Barclay
Did Jesus say we could get in to heaven by being good?
Whilst Jesus was always very keen for people to be good it is not a way to get in to heaven.
Being good will help you live a happy and fulfilling life and Jesus indicated that there is reward in heaven for those who are good.
The only way in to heaven,though, is to put your faith in God.
Although this might seem a little mean on Gods part - why not let in those people who have been good? - how do you think we should judge the entry requirements? How good does a person need to be before they can get in? What about those who are borderline - who did some good but also some bad? What about someone who was good all their life but then did something very bad at the end?
Perhaps then we should let everyone in. But then that means even very wicked people get in. Is this right?
It starts to get very complicated.
Instead God says He will give us a free gift of a ticket to heaven and all we have to do is to ask for it.
We cover this in more detail later in the course.