Billy Graham: Heaven is glorious, despite the sin still on Earth
by Billy Graham
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Q: Do people in heaven know what happens on earth? If so, wouldn't it make them sad to see all our suffering and evil? Isn't heaven supposed to be a happy place? This puzzles me. - J.McF.

A: Yes, heaven is a happy place - far more joyous than anything we will ever experience on earth. The reason is because in heaven we'll be safe forever from all evil, and our focus will be on Christ.

The Bible, however, does suggest that those who are presently in heaven may be aware of what is happening on earth. In Hebrews, for example, the author pictures a great arena filled with those who have gone to heaven before us, and are now cheering us on: "Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (Hebrews 12:1). When Jesus' heavenly glory shone through on the Mount of the Transfiguration as He met with Moses and Elijah, they spoke about events that would soon be taking place on earth (see Luke 9:30-31).

Does this mean those who have gone before us into heaven are sad because of what takes place here? The Bible doesn't answer all our questions about heaven - but we can be certain there is no sadness among heaven's inhabitants. They see more of God's plan than we do, and rejoice that some day Satan will be defeated and God's victory over evil will be complete.

The most important question you can ask about heaven, however, is this: Are you certain you will go there when you die? You can be, by trusting Christ as your Savior and committing your life to Him as your Lord. Put your faith in Him today.

Q: I have a friend who claims she knows what she did in a previous life hundreds of years ago, and she does this with the help of a spiritual guide who lived then but comes to her in dreams now. It makes me uncomfortable, but could she be right? - Mrs. D.W.

A: Your friend is probably very sincere, and she certainly may be convinced that these experiences she has had are valid - but no, she isn't right.

Your friend apparently believes in what is called "reincarnation" - that is, the belief that when we die we return to earth (perhaps in another form), and we keep doing this indefinitely. Behind this is the belief that we are sinful and not ready for heaven, and the only way we can get ready is to have more time on earth so we can do more good works.

But the Bible is clear: We will live only one life on this earth, and once we die we don't return here but we enter eternity. The Bible says, "Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). The reason we don't return is because we could never make ourselves acceptable to God - no matter how long we had. But Christ came to take away our sins, and all we need to do is trust Him for our salvation.

Pray for your friend, and urge her to turn from the path she is following and turn instead to Jesus Christ. He alone can give her the peace and security she seeks, for He alone is "the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

Send your queries to "My Answer,"c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.
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