Questions Children ask and the Right Biblical Answers

What Happens When We Die?

We know from the Bible that when we die, we are not Gonebut just living in another place, Heaven.

The Bible tells us when Jesus was dying on the cross there was a thief who was dying on a cross next to Him. There were people making fun of Jesus and laughing at Him while He was dying, but the thief said to them: Dont you fear God? We deserve to die for our crimes, but This Man hasnt done anything wrong. Then he said, Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom. And Jesus said to the thief: Today you will be with Me in paradise. Luke 23:40-43

You see,the man who was a thief,a sinner just like all of us, believed that Jesus was God and that He could save us from our sin, and he asked Jesus to remember him,and Jesus was very clear about the fact thatToday,the very same day the thief died, he would be in what we call Heaven.

Everyone we know that has already died, if they believed and trusted in Jesus to save them, has gone to this place called Heaven. And someday, Jesus promised to come back to Earth and make it NEW, and then everyone who loves and believes in Jesus will live with Him on the New Earth!

When We Get To Heaven What Will We Be like? Will We Become Angels?

Have you ever watched a movie, or a TV show that showed Heaven? Maybe they showed people with wings and a harp sitting on a cloud, or even people who had died and turned into angels coming back to earth to help people and earn their wings. But, this is not what the Bible tells us is true at all.

Yes, Angels do exist and they DO come to earth and help us, but they are not people. The Bible tells us all kinds of stories about Angels coming to earth, helping people, delivering messages, and even fighting with other spirits to protect us!

Some people get confused on this because Jesus said something in Matthew 22:30 about us being like Angels, but what He was saying is that we, like the Angels, wont get married when we get to Heaven, He wasnt saying that we turn into Angels, or even that were like Angels in any other way. Angels are beings in their own right, just like People are Human Beings, Angels are Angels. God made People and Angels very different. If God wanted us to all be like Angels, there wouldnt have been any reason for Him to make us in the first place.

But, the Bible tells us what we will be like! After Jesus returns God will bring back all the Christians who died, even people who died THOUSANDS of years ago! And Hell make their bodies perfect, better than we ever were before! Our body will be like Jesus body after he rose from the dead!

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
Says We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

And Philippians 3:21 says Jesus will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own.

So, for us to know what Our new body will be like, we need to know what Jesus new body is like. Lets take a look at what the Bible said about it. When Jesus rose from the grave after He died for us, He said to His friends in Luke 24:39 . . .

“Look at My hands, look at My feet, its really Me! Touch Me and you will see that I am not a ghost. Because ghosts dont have bodies as you see that I do.

Jesus had a Real body that people could touch and see; He walked on Earth and ate with His friends! The Bible also tells us that Jesus had some amazing abilities,He could appear to his friends in a locked room, He could disappear when He wanted,and when Jesus left the Earth to go to Heaven He wasnt held down by gravity,but He went up into the air. This was called His ascension.

Thats right,He flew!

Now, we have to remember that Jesus is God, and because He is, He may be able to do things that we arent able to do. But, the Bible tells us in many places,like the one you read above,that we will have bodies like Jesus,so its very possible that we will be able to do some of these very same things,and who knows how much more well be able to do!

How Do I Get To Heaven? Just How Good Do I Have To Be?

Have you ever done something that you know inside is wrong? Have you ever disobeyed your parents? Or told a lie, or taken something that belongs to someone else, or even been mad at someone without a reason. Weve all messed up and done stuff like that, this is what the Bible calls Sin. Many people believe that if theyre good they will go to Heaven, but the Bible says that no one can ever be good enough to get to Heaven! It says that Every sinner deserves to die, and we are ALL sinners, this means that we All deserve to die.

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:22
According to the law . . .
without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

This means that without punishment, or blood, we cant be forgiven, thats why Jesus came from Heaven. He Loves us so much thatHe wanted us to have a way to be forgiven from our sins; He didnt want us to die!

Jesus came from Heaven, was born as a baby and grew up on earth, just like all of us! But, because Jesus is also God, He never sinned, not even once! He was perfect in every way so that He could die and take the punishment we were supposed to get.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says

God saved you by His grace when youbelieved.

And you cant take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

This is like when you were born, you were not born because you had done anything good, you werent even around yet! Your parents had you because they love you and wanted you, and now that youre getting older and can understand how much your parents love you, you want to obey them and do what they say so they will be proud of you and youll make them happy.

This is how it is with God, He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to save us, and now that we understand that He loves us so much that He came from Heaven and He died in our place, we should want to please Him too, and really make Him proud of us.

This would be like if your big Brother had seen you do something bad, like say you were throwing a ball in the house when you knew you shouldnt be, and you knocked over an expensive lamp! When your Dad found out about it and was going to punish you, your Brother took the punishment for you so you wouldnt have to. In this same way, Jesus took our punishment when he died on the cross for us. Now THATS Love!

ButJesus didnt just die for us, you see, Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of the grave to show that sin and death no longer has any power over us! And although we may die here on Earth, He will bring us back to life in Heaven and will bring us back to live with Him on the New Earth!

If you believe in Jesus, and trust that He took your punishment for your sin, you will go to Heaven.

You should talk toJesus. Praying is not some big deal that only grown ups can do,praying is just talking to God, like you would talk to your brother, sister, or your best friend. You don’t have to kneel to talk with God. You can talk to Him anywhere, anytime, about anything! Tell Him how your day went; ask for help when you feel scared or when youre doing something hard. Tell Him youre sorry if youve done something bad, and then try not to do it again.

Gods not going to kick you out of Heaven because you did something bad, not if you have put your trust in Jesus to save you. We all make mistakes, even after we become a Christian, but we have to try to do what is right, what we know inside our heart that God would want us to do.

Its like your Mom or Dad, they wouldnt kick you outside to sleep out in the dark and cold in the yard because you spilled red soda on the new carpet. They may be disappointed in you that you didnt listen when they told you to stay at the table and dont takeyour drinkon the new carpet, but they love you, and will most likely discipline you and not let you have red soda for a while, but they will still let you live inside the nice warm house with them where you belong. And you will still be their child, no matter what!

If you believe Jesus loves you, and you want to live for Him and go to live with Him in Heaven one day, you can ask Him something like this:

Jesus, I love You,

And I thank You for taking my

Punishment for me so I can live.
Please forgive me and come into my heart
And help me live my life the way You want me to,

The way I should. And take me to live with You in Heaven someday.

What Is Heaven? Is It A Real Place, Or Just A Fairy Tale?

Yes Heaven is a real place! The Bible talks about Heaven many times, and makes it very clear that people who believe in Jesus to save them from their sins will go there one day, either when we die, or when Jesus comes back to earth to get us.

After Jesus comes back to Earth HepromisesHe will bring us back to live with Him on the New Earth! Earth He says! A Real place with Water, Grass, flowers, and Trees that you can touch, feel, taste, smell, hear, see . . .

God says in Isaiah 65:17 in the Bible:
Look! I am creating New Heavens and a New Earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

The Bible tells us that Heaven is just as real as the Earth where we live now. God even calls the place where well live forever the New Earth. So how can we know what Heaven is like? Well, the Bible tells us!

Just think, if you were trying to describe someplace that you had been, but none of your friends have been there, you would probably tell them about it by comparing it with someplace you all knew and had been. Say you rode an amazing ride at Disney World, you might compare it with some of the rides the Carnival had when it came to your town.

Well, this is what some of the writers of the Bible did to help us understand what Heaven is like. They describe Heaven as; a City, Paradise, a Garden,a Resting Place, the Kingdom of God, a Heavenly Country, The Kingdom of Heaven, and The Future Dwelling Place of the Righteous.

This place will be beautiful far beyond anything we could ever dream about! But, that doesnt mean we shouldnt try! Just close your eyes think of the most beautiful and fun place you haveever seen? What made it beautiful to you? Why is it so fun? Thinking about what Heaven may look like will make you dream about it and get you evenmore excited to go there!

If you can imagine every beautiful place on Earth, the Grand Canyon, Rain Forests, the Smoky Mountains, the beaches in Hawaii, theyre all only a small taste of what the New Earth will look like! The trees will be taller, more fun to climb! The grass will be greener, the sky will be bluer! And speaking of the sky, thats where the most beautiful City on the New Earth is going to come from!

John, one of the writers of the Bible, had a vision or a dream and God showed him what this new City will look like! This city is called the New Jerusalem, and thats where God Himself will live! The Bible says that after God makes the New Earth, the New Jerusalem will come down out of the sky and God the Father and Jesus will bothlive on Earth with us! This will make the New Earth the Capital Planet of the Universe!

John tells us in the book of Revelation Chapter 21, that the City is 1,500 miles long, 1,500 miles wide, and 1,500 miles high. A city that size that was sitting in the middle of the United States would go from Canada to Mexico and from Georgia to the California border! Now thats what I call a capital city!

John also tells us that the city has walls of Jasper and the city itself was pure gold as clear as glass! The foundation, thats the part the city is built on, like the concrete your house is sitting on, is made of different kinds and color of Jewels, and the gates to the city were made from one solid Pearl!

John also describes there being a river flowing down the middle of the main street, this is what is called the River of Life. He said it flowed from the Throne of God and the water was crystal clear, can you imagine a flowing river that was so clear that you could look down and see the bottom? And everyone will be able to drink from the river. Im sure it will be better than any water weve ever tasted before!

On each side of the River grows the Tree of Life, this tree used to be in the Garden of Eden, but God moved it when Adam and Eve sinned, and He will bring it back to Earth one day and we will be able to eat its fruit again. I can only imagine how wonderful that fruit will taste! Now, there will be many other cities in the New Earth, but none quite like this Capital City. I cant wait to see it for myself!

Should I Be Excited About Going To Heaven? Why Bother To Think About It At All?

Have you ever gone on a vacation with your family, and your parents showed you a picture and told you where you were going and what fun things there would be to do when you got there? Finding out about where were going helps us get excited & look forward to going. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:13 We are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised But we wont really look forward to that place unless we know something about it and what we get to do when we get there, right?

So since The New Heavens and New Earth, will be your home someday, wouldnt it be a great idea to learn all you can about it now? Well the good news is that God has given us a book, called the Bible that tells us all kinds of things He wants us to know! Not only about Heaven, but about Himself and Jesus, His Son, and things we should do while were here on earth until He comes back to get us. Were going to tell you some of the things God tells us about Heaven from the Bible, including How to get to Heaven!