What will heaven be like? What does the Church and Bible say?

The truth is, no one knows exactly how it will look like. People make conjectures and the Bible uses lots of metaphors to describe something that cannot be described.

“Eye has not seen nor ear heard what things God has prepared for those who love him.” -1 Cor 2:9

The Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified [whether in this life, or in the next life in Purgatory] live forever with Christ. They are like God forever, for they “see him as he is,” face to face. – CCC 1023

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Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they “see him as he is,” face to face:

‘By virtue of our apostolic authority, we define the following: According to the general disposition of God, the souls of all the saints . . . and other faithful who died after receiving Christ’s holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died, . . . or, if they then did need or will need some purification, when they have been purified after death, . . .) already before they take up their bodies again and before the general judgment – and this since the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven – have been, are and will be in heaven, in the heavenly Kingdom and celestial paradise with Christ, joined to the company of the holy angels. Since the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen and do see the divine essence with an intuitive vision, and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature.’

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This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity – this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed – is called “heaven.” Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.

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To live in heaven is “to be with Christ.” The elect live “in Christ,” but they retain, or rather find, their true identity, their own name.

‘For life is to be with Christ; where Christ is, there is life, there is the kingdom’.

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By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has “opened” heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ.

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This mystery of blessed communion with God and all who are in Christ is beyond all understanding and description. Scripture speaks of it in images: life, light, peace, wedding feast, wine of the kingdom, the Father’s house, the heavenly Jerusalem, paradise: “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

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Because of his transcendence, God cannot be seen as he is, unless he himself opens up his mystery to man’s immediate contemplation and gives him the capacity for it. The Church calls this contemplation of God in his heavenly glory “the beatific vision”:

‘How great will your glory and happiness be, to be allowed to see God, to be honored with sharing the joy of salvation and eternal light with Christ your Lord and God, . . . to delight in the joy of immortality in the Kingdom of heaven with the righteous and God’s friends’

I Tim. 6:14-16:

I charge you to keep the commandments unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen

Rev. 22:4:

“And there shall be no curse any more, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his face: and his name shall be on their foreheads.”

I Cor. 13:12:

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.”

Matt. 5:8:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

I John 3:2:

“Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

From what we know, Heaven is a state of absolute blessedness; of fulfillment and happiness. It means the possession of God and union with him in such a way that we cannot even imagine. Then we shall share fully in the life of God. We cannot die then, be affected by sickness or old age, we cannot be affected by hunger and other natural evils; we shall then be at peace. If you are asking what exactly it will look like, no one knows, however there are a couple of things we know for sure.

Here is what we know for sure:

  • There won’t be suffering or hunger or death– Rev 21:4, 7:16, Luke 20:36
  • Eternal Light, no shade of darkness – Rev 21:25
  • No toil, only eternal rest – 2 Thes 1:7
  • We will join the Angels in glorifying God – Rev 4:11
  • Only those who die in God’s friendship can enter – Rev 21:8, Eph 5:5, Mtt 3:12, 2 Cor 12:2-4
  • Obtaining heaving will fulfill our souls since we are created for union with God in heaven. – Matt 6:19-21

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