Can We or Should We Talk to Loved Ones in Heaven?
The question was, from a biblical standpoint, is it okay to talk to our loved ones who've gone on to be with Jesus?
Many of these concepts are fleshed out imaginatively in my novels Deadline, Dominion, Edge of Eternity, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, The Ishbane Conspiracy, and Safely Home. Some are developed in a different form in my nonfiction book In Light of Eternity. All are addressed in my book Heaven.
Questions and Answers Related to Near-Death Experiences
Was Eden really there, near the Tigris and Euphrates as Genesis describes and the whole place was “moved” after the fall?
Related Q & A: Will the New Earth simply be a return to Eden and will we become like Adam and Eve were?
On page 359 you mention speaking with the saints of old: “I would like to ask Elijah about being taken away in the chariot.” Elijah and Elisha were separated by a chariot of fire, but both NIV and KJV say in II Kings 2:11 that Elijah “went up to Heaven in a whirlwind.”
Why don’t you say much about what our lives will be like in the Intermediate Heaven in your book Heaven?
Related Q&A: Immediate Heaven vs. Eternal Heaven
If the kingdom of Heaven is the New Heaven on Earth what are these people in Revelation 22 doing outside the gates of the New Jerusalem? Are we to believe that there will be some people in Heaven but not able to enter the city because of practices they participated in after their salvation?
In your Heaven book you state (page 88) that never once has God renounced His claim on what He had made. However, according to Genesis 6: 5-7, it does state that because of man’s great wickedness and evilness of heart that God was sorry for having made man and as a result of His grief, He decided to destroy His creation—man along with the animals, birds, and creeping things. Can you help me clarify this?
How probable is it that right now in the intermediary Heaven is the new city of Jerusalem?
What Are the New Jerusalem’s Dimensions?
Are we really supposed to think about heaven?
Is Heaven a real place, a tangible reality?
Earth’s not our home...or is it?
Will Heaven really change locations?
Shouldn’t we long for a disembodied unearthly existence?
What will the ultimate Heaven be like?
What will our relationship with God be like in Heaven?
Will heaven be an eternal naptime or vacation? Or will we have activities and responsibilities?
Will there be animals in Heaven? (text answer)
Will there be animals in Heaven? (video answer)
Will we (or loved ones) become angels when we go to heaven?
In heaven, will we be disembodied spirits floating in the clouds, or will we have bodies?
After death but prior to the resurrection, what will we be like?
What will our arrival in heaven be like?
In what sense will believers be judged in heaven?
Will we know everything in heaven?
Will we continue to change, grow, and learn once we get to heaven?
Will time no longer exist in heaven?
Once in heaven, will people know and recognize those they knew on earth?
In heaven, will we have our own places to live?
Will there be privacy in heaven?
Will there be private ownership in heaven?
Do people now in heaven remember what happened on earth?
Do people now in heaven pray for those on earth?
You say in your book that people in Heaven can witness events happening on earth. But what about Isaiah 65:17, which says in heaven “the former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind”?“But we’re promised there won’t be crying or pain in heaven. How could we be aware of bad things on earth? Surely it couldn’t be heaven for us if we knew these things.”
Why don’t we think more about heaven?
Is heaven really worth getting excited about?
Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.