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Does Heaven Exist?

6 religious experts give their opinion on the afterlife

Heaven on earth- A crucifix glints on the top of a church in Georgia

A church in the country of Georgia. September 2008 — Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Dr. Charles Stanley, Radio Host and Pastor, In Touch Ministries, Atlanta

Yes, there is such a thing as heaven. It is a place where there will be no more sadness or tears and all reason for pain and suffering will be gone. It is a place where God's people will serve and worship Him as well as reign with Him forever.

The only way to get to heaven is by being reconciled to God and accepting His Son Jesus Christ's death on the cross as payment for our sins.

See also: Is There Life After Death?

The natural inclination to do wrong keeps us out of the presence of a perfect and holy God. Only by allowing Jesus to stand in our place can we live forever with the Maker of heaven and earth.

When Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place in heaven for them, Thomas replied, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" Jesus answered, saying, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:5-6).

Next: Something better than heaven? >>

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