Heaven

Is it eternal?

If you ask anyone who believes in heaven if it is eternal, the chances are most people will answer yes. But is it?

In the very first verse of The Bible (NIV UK) it says “In the beginning God created the Heavens” (note the plural) “and the Earth”. This might indicate that it is not just referring to Heaven in the context of being with God, in His realm. It could also also suggests that there are physical heavens, such as we often describe the sky, stars and the universe in which our tiny planet is like a mote.

If we assume that “the heavens” might be a physical manifestation, then Heaven, the realm or kingdom where we will be with God, might be eternal. But, just because it has always existed, does that mean it will always exist?

In 2 Peter 3:13 and also in Revelation 21:1 ” a new heaven and a new earth” is referred to. There is a lot of The Bible that cannot be taken literally, so we need to look for a deeper meaning. Phrased as it is, we cannot dismiss the possibility that Heaven is not eternal.

Is it possible that Earth might become the new heaven? “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31) .Please note it is only “very good”, not perfect. So before there can be a new heaven, would we first need a new Earth? And if there was a heaven, and then a new heaven, it cannot be eternal.

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