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Do you think people who've already entered heaven can look down and see what we're doing here on earth? Sometimes I think of my spouse in that way (she died four years ago). But, then, wouldn't she be unhappy looking down on all the misery here? I always thought heaven was a place of total happiness.


Yes, heaven is a place of total happiness and peace, and we can be confident that our loved ones who have gone before us into heaven are not disturbed or upset over the evil things that happen here on earth.

The Bible doesn’t clearly tell us if people in heaven are able to observe what happens on earth–although there are some hints that they do. In the book of Hebrews, for example, the writer recalls the great men and woman of faith who have gone before us and are now in heaven. Then he adds, “Therefore, 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). Like spectators in an arena, he seems to suggest, they are watching and cheering us on as we seek to follow Christ.

Never forget that heaven’s main focus is Christ. Even if those in heaven see some of what happens here, they now see it from God’s point of view. And they know that some day “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

Thank God for the hope we have in Christ–a hope that is based squarely on Jesus Christ and what He did for us through His death and resurrection. Is your hope and trust in Him?

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  1. Doris Johnson says:

    I need help with my grief after my granddaughters murder. She was bipolar, depressed, and asked for help. To kill herself thinking she could not complete the act.. She was tied up. Then police caught the man and he admitted it . I saw her a few days before this and can’t get over the guilt and pain of not doing something. She said nothing was wrong and did not need anything. Now I know she needed me to show her how much I loved her. She had a hard life. I was divorced and worked so much raising my 2 younger boys 2 older girls one her her mother who was not good to her I found out later.

    1. Joy Allmond says:

      Doris, here is previous question/answer from Billy Graham. It is not the exact same situation as yours, but many of the principles of his answers apply to you. We hope this helps:

  2. sharon burcham says:

    We were in our usual Wed. nite bible study. This question arose, will us that have gone on to heaven before loved ones that are non believers can we see earth , loved ones while in heaven