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Q:

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.


A:

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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218 Comments

  1. Sharon says:

    I have a friend who has lost a mate and asked a pastor if he can hear her calling him. He said no he can’t. She needs a good Bible to read and understand what truly is being said. I am a new Christian and learning. So I did not know how to answer her. Thank you.

  2. Velvet Masters says:

    Jesus died for us because he wanted us to have a life so those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ and his Father believe in him.

  3. J A Pliskin says:

    Last year, well a couple of months, I lost my lover, my best friend, and my fiance.
    She brought me up when I had nothing, and stayed with me through my troubles.
    All she ever wanted was to get married, and live happily ever after.
    She was taken away from me in a violent way. I know it was not god’s plans, however, I feel that he allowed the wrong person to be taken from Earth

    Not a day goes by, I wish It was me, that I was taken.

    I know heaven is about to be about Christ…But i cannot stop thinking about her.
    I miss so her so much, I wish I could tell her directly that the last three years of my life were Amazing, and that I will never find another like her.

    I just wish she could see me and her boys.

  4. Linda locklear says:

    When you say from God’s point of view what does that mean? I just lost my husband on Nov. 22nd so what is he seeing in Heaven about his family through the eyes of God?

    1. Amy says:

      Linda, I’m so sorry about your husband. I too just lost my husband on 10/30/16.