Heaven is a wonderful place¶
“Our father in Heaven”, that’s probably one of the best-known Christian title when talking about –or with– God.
What is Heaven? It is clearly not that “big bluish-black thing” that covers the world (as Timon explains to Pumba). But note that only a few generations ago, in 1961, long after the Middle Age and Enlightenment, Soviet leadership thought it important to propagate that Yuri Gagarin, the first human who left our planet for a while, would have announced “I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God.” (It seems that Gagarin actually never said these words (source), but that’s another topic. What I want to say: interesting that humans tend to believe that Heaven is a place.
Keith Giles provides a beautiful explanation in his book “Jesus Undefeated: Condemning the False Doctrine of Eternal Torment” (via Why Bad People Will Be In Heaven), which I summarize –or expand– as follows:
When I will die, my soul will get born into another world, which we can call “Heaven”. But only the “good” parts of my personality will be part of my soul. These “good” parts of my personality are the skills and virtues I developed during my life on Earth that are in harmony with God’s plan. The “bad” parts will be removed, “burned” in a purifying “fire”. All humans will be there in Heaven, but they will be purified. Even Adolf Hitler is in Heaven because he also had skills and virtues that were in harmony with God’s plan, regardless of the mistakes he made and the evil things he caused.