HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
by Sharol Cannon MS.N.
Most people expect to go to heaven when they die, but there are many beliefs about how to get there. In my early years, I accepted the teachings of the Christian churches, but they didn’t seem to be quite enough. After exploring a number of different churches, I finally found a group which believed in Christ, but also taught that Christ sends celestial spirits (also referred to as angels) to guide us in all we need to know, in order to live good lives, and to enter the kingdom of God when we die.
This is in fulfillment of Christ’s promise to send “the Holy Spirit” who will teach us all things. The original Greek scriptures used the singular, “a holy spirit”, but it was mistranslated to “the Holy Spirit“, and accepted through the years into our present day Bibles. Remnants of the original scriptures remain, however, in some translations. One example is I John 4:1-3 (RSV), “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are of God. Another example is l Cor.14:32 (RSV) “---and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.” So rather than sending a vague inspirational being who influences all people, Christ promised to send multiple spirits from his kingdom, at least one for each individual, who have come to help all people who are willing to listen, with our individual spiritual needs. God is a spirit, Christ is a spirit and all the angels are spirits. Therefore, references to the spirit world can include all of them. Since God is the ultimate authority, His messages, delegated to Christ and delivered by the celestial spirits are often referred to as God’s messages, even if we don’t receive them directly from Him. Hence the Biblical translations often use the phrase, “God says”, no matter who from His kingdom delivered it.
When I first attended the group referred to above, I had a wonderful positive feeling and also personal intellectual evidence that it was what I had been looking for all my life. I began to have many of my spiritual questions answered by the spirits who manifested, and over time, I received visual images and was able to hear certain spirits who spoke to me. The things I saw and heard were not about ordinary earthly matters, but were about God and Christ and how to live and to help others in very specific, practical ways.
One of my questions was, “What is required for us to enter Christ’s kingdom when we die?” There are so many people of diverse backgrounds, many of whom know nothing of Christ, that it doesn’t make sense for a loving God, to send them to Hell, or at least prevent them from entering Heaven, as most of the churches teach. Following is a summary of the understanding that I was given.
There are certain standards that a person must meet to be admitted to heaven. This is partly because those people who do not live up to the standards would not fit in to such an advanced society. In general, the necessary standards can be summarized as standing for what is good and shunning evil.
There are many ways of understanding what is good. In most cases, it includes recognition and respect for a Supreme Being and adhering to certain ethical standards. Shunning evil means elimination of characteristics such as cruelty, greed, arrogance, deceit, selfishness and intemperance.
Standards for entering heaven are not based on belief, because there is so much mixture of truth and error on this earth, that mankind cannot sort it out on their own. People who live by high enough standards to enter Christ’s kingdom (Heaven), can receive God’s real truths from the celestial spirits after they arrive. People can even begin to receive these truths from the angelic spirits while they are still on earth, but they have to learn to discern the difference between the information given by the spirits sent from Christ’s kingdom and that given by spirits still at the earth level. These lower spirits as well as mortals give their theories and opinions, but do not know any more than we do.
God is the ultimate judge as to when we’re ready to enter the heavenly realm, but His spirits evaluate our progress all through life and they arrange circumstances for us to learn what we need to progress higher. For example, a person might be good at management, science, construction or entertainment, but be very arrogant, not realizing that without God, he or she could do nothing. Such a person might be led into a situation in which other people do give God the credit and/or in which he or she tends to fail when doing things on his or her own.
God does not require perfection, because it is not possible to be perfect on this earth where there is so much negativity. So the standards of Christ are those which are realistic for our environment and are still high enough for us to live in the heavenly realm. It is hard to get through the earth level because of the evil forces that oppose us, but God’s spirits give us credit for effort.
So how do God’s spirits measure our progress? They measure on a scale from 1 to100, divided into 10 major stages. These angels don’t use this scale, however, until a person reaches a point of consciously wanting to be closer to God, in whatever way he or she understands Him. Few people are ever aware that their progress is even being measured.
Each stage and its focus are as follows:
Stage 1 (1 -9 points) People at this stage have a beginning desire for something better than the way that they are living. There isn’t much interest in spiritual matters, but there is a belief in some kind of Higher Power. It seems very remote from their lives but there is occasional curiosity or desire to get to know more about it.
Stage 2 (10 – 19 points) People at this stage have a general desire for avoidance of evil, and harmony with “the good”. They consciously or subconsciously adhere to certain ethical standards of society, like not killing innocent people. They develop a more specific perception of a Higher Power, but it still seems remote from them and their interests are mostly mundane.
Stage 3 (20 – 29 points) At this stage people have more curiosity or interest in spiritual matters but their interests remain largely mundane. They may become involved with some kind of self improvement such as a health club or a self help group. They might also seek professional advice.
Stage 4 ( 30 - 39 points) At this stage, people are actively interested, questioning and searching spiritually, but they may not yet be committed to a particular spiritual method. Their exploration could lead them in positive or negative directions. They may or may not begin to pray, to meditate or to try other kinds of spiritual practices.
Stage 5 (40 – 49 points) People in this stage become spiritually committed, often to a particular spiritual orientation. They read or meditate for spiritual inspiration or guidance. If they are going in a positive direction, there may be some beginning development of spiritual gifts such as inspired feelings, dreams or visual images. Many people’s growth becomes arrested at this stage. They may become complacent or choose a negative direction and stay at this stage until they question their position and want to explore further. For some people, this takes a lifetime.
Stage 6 ( 50 -59 points) At this stage, people expand their horizons. They explore other points of view and practices and begin to learn more than obvious differences between positive and negative spirit manifestations. They often share some of their spiritual experiences with others and may bring other people to their own spiritual gatherings. This stage is fairly long because there are so many things to explore. It can last for years.
Stage 7 ( 60 – 69 points) At this stage, there is focus on communication with God and Christ and depending on a person’s belief, with the heavenly spirits. If a person is willing, one or more of the spiritual gifts are developed, or more fully developed during this period. These are gifts which enable a person to communicate with God, Christ and the spirit world through feeling, seeing, hearing, taste and smell. Some people develop the gift of knowing, such as knowing the future, and some develop the gift of healing and/or automatic writing. There must be an increase in discernment between the manifestations from God’s spirit world and those from the lower spirit world. There must also be a beginning elimination of personal flaws for a person to consistently continue in a positive direction and grow beyond this stage.
It usually takes a long time, often several years, to get through this period, because there are so many aspects to it. Those who do grow beyond it, continue their development and use of the spiritual gifts.
Stage 8 ( 70 – 79 points ) As people progress into this stage, they have already learned a great deal from God and Christ via the spirit world and from their own experiences. During this stage, they learn to think more for themselves. They must become somewhat more self directed, but make their decisions consistent with what they have previously learned. They must continue to reduce their personal flaws.
Stage 9 ( 80 – 89 points ) During this stage, the focus is on rising above mundane matters and the influence of the low spirit world. People are encouraged by the heavenly spirits, to focus more on God and matters pertaining to God. Even when involved with mundane tasks, these people are encouraged to maintain awareness of God’s presence in their lives and resist efforts by the lower spirit forces to preoccupy their minds, influence their activities and/or to make them give in to lower impulses.
Stage 10 ( 90- 99 points ) This is a very difficult but rewarding stage. It is the stage of mystics and of mediums for God’s celestial spirits. The focus is on almost continual awareness of God, Christ and the spirits loyal to Christ, as individuals go about their activities. There is awareness of the intense battle between high and low spiritual forces and their daily and hourly affect on each person. There are difficult tests, but an increase of God’s protection and spiritual gifts as people pass the tests.
Freedom (100 points ) This stage is one of almost complete protection from negative forces and almost complete freedom in the service of God. As stated earlier, perfection is impossible as a mortal, so 100% means living by Christ’s realistic standards. As people go through the stages, they have periods of 100% protection, but when they live by Christ’s standards on an almost continual basis, they have 100% freedom on an almost continual basis.
There are certain lessons people need to learn as they progress. Christ’s spirits help people with this learning process. These celestial spirits also test people periodically to see how they’re doing. When they consistently pass tests in a particular area over a period of usually 3 or 6 months, they gain more freedom in that area, and periodically, an increase of spiritual gifts. Then they go on to other lessons.
People do not necessarily progress through the stages in exact sequence. For example, persons may have learned to communicate with spirits, but may still be focusing largely on mundane matters and need to learn more lessons of the 3rd and 4th stages. If they don’t learn these lessons, their communication is likely to be with mundane (earthbound) spirits, rather than the high celestial spirits of Christ’s kingdom.
At what stage do people pass enough tests to enter Christ’s kingdom? Christ is reported to have said that some produce 30%, some 60% and some 100%. It is hard to say at what point people are ready to enter heaven, because individuals’ personal characteristics may hold them back or move them upward, regardless of their stage. People may know many high spiritual truths and even have certain spiritual gifts, but be held back by arrogance or resentment. On the other hand, Christ is reported to have referred to the woman who anointed his feet, saying, “---her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much”(Luke 7:47 ).
So in general, if we keep our focus on God, and try to live according to Christ’s virtuous principles in love and harmony, God the Father and Christ will welcome us into the heavenly kingdom.
I would suggest reading "Communication with the Spirit World of God" by Johannes Greber.
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