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IF YOU ARE IN HEAVEN, CAN YOU SIN AND GO TO HELL?


    This is an excellent question.  Now there are some who logically assume that you can sin in heaven.  Otherwise, Jehovah has spent a lot of time and effort protecting free will, only to take it away.  And, since Satan and his angels rebelled in heaven, we know that we can rebel and be kicked out.  And so, there are many who believe that you can have free will to do what you want in heaven.  Furthermore, they think that since Satan and his demons were cast out of heaven, since there can be no sin in heaven, therefore, a person who willfully sins while in heaven, would lose their privileges and be exiled from heaven.  Well, there is a Hebrew word for this explanation: H O G W A S H.
    There will be no more sin.  In fact, you could say that there would be the impossibility of sin.  Everyone is purified.  Even though people may have free will, we will not be able to sin because the creator, originator and designer of sin is Satan and since he is not there, there will be no sin.  Today, we have the choice of free will to chose Satan and sin or God and his will.  But in heaven, Satan can no longer compete for our choice.   This is somewhat like Henry Ford's exclamation regarding the color choices available for the Model T, "You can have any color you want as long as it's black!"  In heaven, you can have any righteousness you want as long as it’s God’s righteousness.
    Now, in Rev. 21:4, it states, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  In Rev. 21:27, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”  And so, since sin brings forth death (Rom. 3:23-33), without death, in heaven we will be without sin.  Nothing will enter that will defile.
    Thus, as Paul points out in Rom. 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  There will be a glory that is nothing like we know here.  And we will be forever with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:17).  Forever paints the picture of the impossibility of leaving heaven.

Robert Notgrass
 

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