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15 Afterlife Quotes That Describe The Wonder Of Heaven

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15 Afterlife Quotes That Describe The Wonder Of Heaven

What happens after death? Is there an afterlife? J.K Rowling wrote in her book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” 

Is there a verse or quote in the Bible that talks about death and the afterlife?

The Bible has verses and quotes about God and Heaven as a place where you go when your spirit leaves your body.

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Whether you are religious or not, everyone is familiar with the concept of heaven. In some way shape or form, you’ve imagined what it would be like.

We have all said things like, “Heaven for me is going to be just an endless vat of Bacon that I can eat all day and never get fat.”

Or maybe you’ve said, “Heaven for me is going to be just watching the fight scenes from every season of The Real Housewives”.

There are movies and TV shows about what heaven COULD be like. For instance, there is Miracle Workers, a show where Steve Buscemi plays God, and you watch as the angels fulfill jobs and duties just like humans on earth.

There is the Good Place which makes us question the idea of morality and its effects on our afterlife status, leaving us on the edge of our seats to finally see what heaven could really be like.

Or there is What Dreams May Come, a movie starring Robin Williams, where he sees heaven as a blank canvas that is his to paint, but his loved ones aren’t guaranteed a place there next to him.

We all want to believe that there is a beautiful afterlife waiting for us. But the idea of it is still quite abstract to us. The most commonly used descriptor in the Bible is paradise.

But Paradise is so subjective. And if you consider that the Bible was written over 2000 years ago, are we to believe that heaven is 250BC’s version of paradise?

Or does it age with the times? Or did people who died in biblical times, get dropped into modern-day heaven? Perhaps Heaven is something completely different entirely.

Here are some Bible verses and quotes from scripture about death, the afterlife and heaven.

1. Make heaven your goal.

"But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city." — Hebrews 11:16

2. Heaven will be better than anything on earth.

"But according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." — 2 Peter 3:13

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3. Following the commandments is your ticket into heaven.

"Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." — Matthew 5:19

4. Heaven is not for those still living.

"I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable." — 1 Corinthians 15:50

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5. Heaven is a gift.

"Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."— Matthew 5:12

6. Heaven is everlasting.

"For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come." — Hebrews 13:14

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7. Heaven won't expire.

"He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you" —1 Peter 1:3-4

8. We belong to heaven.

"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." — Philippians 3:20

9. Not everyone will get into heaven.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." — Matthew 7:13-14

10. God will bring you to heaven.

"The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen." — 2 Timothy 4:18

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11. Heaven belongs to the children.

"Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” — Matthew 19:14

12. Strive to land yourself in heaven.

"One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple." Psalm 27:4

13. Heaven is above everything.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." — Ecclesiastes 3:1

14. Set your intention on heaven.

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." —​ Colossians 3:2

15. There is room for everyone in heaven.

"My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?" —​ John 14:2

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Kaitlin Kaiser is a writer who covers astrology, spirituality, and relationship topics.