It’s commonly preached in mainstream Christianity that if we accept Christ and are “good” Christians, we will go to heaven as a reward. This is a universally accepted axiom. But nowhere in the Scriptures does it say our reward for accepting Christ is “going to heaven”. What does “going to heaven” mean anyway? People like to quote from the KJV of the Bible the passages in John 14:2:
¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
From these verses Christians take comfort in knowing that there is a “mansion” laid up for them in “heaven.” However, the Greek word for mansion, mone, is better translated abiding place. In the Father’s house are many abiding places. In God there are many levels of Spirit we can live on. Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us, and He would come again and receive us to Himself, that where He was we would be also. “Oh, that mean’s He is going to come and take us with Him to heaven.” No. Let’s read the verses that follow the above passages. Continue reading