Heaven can't exist -- Here's why

Brian Worley


Preface: The world will change if this one gets out! Why? Because there isn't a Biblical expositor that can refute it! 

So you're thinking you'll be going to Heaven? Have you carefully read Scripture about who actually goes and those that won't be making the trip? 

(The Big Idea: The immortalized ďHouston, we have a problemĒ phrase communicates concern of the emergence of an unforeseen problem prior to reaching their targeted destination. Think not of Apollo 13, nor of the Moon (a place where these men havenít been before,) but of sincere Christianís thinking about what the Bible states about Heaven. Questions that somebody should be asking before disembarking and committing to the journey. This is a short skeptical dialogue designed to exercise the soul. Characters are HOUSTON (earthly pilgrim destined to Heaven) and ST. PETER (Guardian of the Gate of Heaven) that have an Apollo 13ish awakening in the nick of time. The intrigue? This is a thinking exercise that will not end like you think it will.)


HOUSTON: St. Peter, after all of these years, it looks like we will be meeting soon enough, and I canít wait!  

ST. PETER: Didnít you say we have a problem?  


ST. PETER: What is the problem? (muttering in a side breath, ďThese people are heading to HeavenÖand they have a problem?Ē)  


HOUSTON: You see, NathanÖ [Nathan is Houstonís friend, Nathan didnít have the nerve to ask, so Houston drew the assignment of having to ask St. Peter the questions, Houston is Nathanís proxy]   

ST. PETER: Out with it! Tell me your concerns.  

HOUSTON: Well Nathan has started to read his Bible more carefully than ever before. He figures that since the time is drawing nigh that heíd better get more familiar with his future dwelling place. Kind of like reading all the travel guides before you go on vacation so one knows what to expect prior to arrival.  

ST. PETER: I see. Good for NathanÖbut you stated that there was a problem? It is a bit annoying that you just canít be forthright and get to the point. So please, make your point.  

HOUSTON: Nathan read his Bible all the way through last year but read it differently than he did in previous years. Last year, he read it critically (which raised many questions) and he is very worried.  


ST. PETER: Nathan is getting closer to home going & eternity. It is customary for those ďclosing inĒ to have anxiety. Just assure Nathan and remind him of the scriptural admonition from Philippians 4

 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  

HOUSTON: Isn't that what we are doing? We have questions at a late hour.  

ST. PETER: Please! Iím a busy man. There seems to be something bothering you and it seems that you are reluctant to discuss it with me.    


HOUSTON: OK, Nathan doesnít like crowds. He is a bit "claustrophobic."  


ST. PETER: (Laughs) Well, he wonít have to worry about that anymore once he gets to Heaven!  


HOUSTON: Well not exactly, this is the problem that Nathan has. He thinks there will be a problem and it is keeping him awake at nightÖplus, he is bugging me about it. So much so, that I thought it urgent enough to talk about this right now!  

ST. PETER: Heaven is a wonderful place. So wonderful that it is quite strange that you should bring up a concern.  

HOUSTON: Itís the Bible that drives his concerns.  


ST. PETER: How so?  

HOUSTON: Specifically, Revelations Chapter 21 verse 16  

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.  

ST. PETER: Well, Iím glad that you used the KJVÖbut whatís your point?


HOUSTON: (getting a little uptight by now) Donít you get it?


ST. PETER: No, I donít!


HOUSTON: Nathan found out the English equivalent to a furlong and did the math equation to discover (to his amazement) that Heaven isnít all that big. He discovered that the land mass isnít as big as the State of Delaware in the United States. He feels strange bringing this up since nobody else discusses this.


ST. PETER: It will be big enough. Nathan has some real anxiety issues. Well, you know what they say?


HOUSTON: No, what do they say?


ST. PETER: They say you canít teach an old dog new tricks. I promise you, that you have nothing to worry aboutÖand tell Nathan since he couldnít seem to discuss this with me personally. Evidentially, you must be his mouthpiece?


HOUSTON: Nathan can be plenty stubborn sometimesÖbut you still donít seem to grasp the magnitude of Nathanís inquiry or concerns.


ST. PETER: How so?  

HOUSTON: Heaven will be overcrowded! Recall, that I told you be is a bit claustrophobic. You see, Heaven will be a bit larger that the smallest of any of the states in the United States, namely Rhode Island but not as large (by land mass) as Delaware. He figures that the Foursquare city will be approximately about 1,500 square miles. Data shows that there are likely 2.2 billion Christians on Planet earth right now! Nathan just panics to think that there will be THAT many people in such a small place.  

Sure, this is an estimateÖbut that number doesnít address all those that have died in Christ since Jesus walked upon the earthÖor what happens to those who believed before the days of Jesus? The numbers just boggle the mind!


ST. PETER: I see. Finally, you made your point.


HOUSTON: I knew that I shouldnít have let Nathan talk me into thisÖnow you are probably upset with me?


ST. PETER: No, no Iím not and you can also assure Nathan when you see him next.


HOUSTON: Still, St. Peter, you have not addressed the concerns. By todayís numbers, and just with the 2.2 billion Christianís living today Heaven will be much more crowded that the most densely populated place in the world today. Of course, this would be Macau (China). Now Nathan is a layman, not a math wiz, but he figures that Heavenís population density (using current data) means that Heaven will be much more crowded than Macau! Macau has a population density of nearly 55,000 per square mile, while Heaven would have 1.466 million people per square mile! That is insane! That would be 26 times greater than Macau's population density just using today's 2.2 Billion Christian number.

I tell you, Nathan hasnít been sleeping all that well since he made this discovery. He questions if he has been a fool all of these years?  

Nathan is pragmatic though, he didnít want to prejudice his future chances because word on the street is that it will be you, St. Peter, that is guardian of the gate of Heaven and he didnít want to risk his chances of entry by potentially upsetting you over this line of questioning. Frankly, we (Nathan & I) made a betÖthe loser (me) draws the assignment and must be the one that gets to ask you these questions. Lucky me.


ST. PETER: (hands rubbing his forehead prior to talking) OK, you asked for it! Iím not angry at either of you guysÖbut your line of questioning brings about the necessity of another whole line of reasoning, better yet, discussion of Biblical exegesis on the subject of just who it is that actually makes it into Heaven? I ought to know, word on the street is correct, I am the gatekeeper; but there is an objective standard contained within the Bible of entry requirements for those wishing to one day go to Heaven.


HOUSTON: I think I know where you will be going with thisÖbut this has not only Nathan worried, but me too!


ST. PETER: Do you really?


HOUSTON: I hope that I am wrong about thisÖbut the scriptures sure has some very high standards. Standards so high that one must wonder if anyone at all will be able to enter Heaven?


ST. PETER: Yes, all that stuff that the Zaddakim started. This group troubled the Roman EmpireÖand then the Apostle Paul brought this over & helped merge it into Christianity.


HOUSTON: (with a bewildered look at St. Peter) Hey, Iím not aware of any of this, frankly, Iíve never even heard about any of that stuff, or of the Zaddakim.


ST. PETER: Then you need to make your point!


HOUSTON: The scripture gives several examples of things that people do that will likely keep them out of Heaven. One of these items, divorce, divorce is one of them. St. Peter, is it true that divorced people arenít going to make it in? Is this true?


ST. PETER: You have read what the scriptures said! Itís not Heavenís problem that people on Earth canít read the scriptures. Itís not Heavenís problem that someone that laymen pay to be their spiritual shepherd fills their heads with things contrary to the written Word of God. Didnít Martin Luther stress sola scriptura?


HOUSTON: Obviously, I can readÖbut the punishment for divorce is severe! Look, I believe and am basically a good person. My marriage is shaky and we hope to avoid getting a divorce. Should this happen, these verses from scripture indicate that divorced people, adulterers and whoremongers donít stand a chance for future entrance into Heaven. Those verses are: I Corinthians 6:9-10 and Hebrews 13:4, Matthew Chapter 5:27-32

I Corinthians 6:9 Ė 10
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of god? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor coveteous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Matthew 5:27-3227 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.


ST. PETER: (with a solemn look) Do you expect me to contradict the book? Are you wanting me to disavow it?


HOUSTON: (perplexed and worried) I was hoping that you would clarify and assure me that perhaps a literal interpretation wasnít really the intention of God?


ST. PETER: Scripture is scripture and the Word of God isnít flippant.


HOUSTON: Is it true that drunkards donít get into Heaven? Galatians 5:19-21 plainly states:

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;  Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

What about liars? Rev. 21:8

What about people that view pornography? Scripture seems to equivocate this to be adultery. Matthew 5:28 "But I say unto you,That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."


PETER: What do you want me to say? IT IS WRITTEN.


HOUSTON: It doesnít seem likely that rich people stand a good chance either, Matt. 19:23, is clearly against the odds of rich people entering into Heaven.


ST. PETER: I see that you are troubledÖbut you should be able to bring Nathan some much needed relief.


HOUSTON: How so?


ST. PETER: Nathan was worried about the overpopulation of Heaven. The latter part of our conversation is the reason why.




ST. PETER: Didnít Paul once state something about foolish Galatians?




ST. PETER: You did quote me some of GalatiansÖdid you not?




ST. PETER: Then perhaps you are starting to realize that Heaven isnít going to be that heavily populated after all. Please confirm with me that you are comprehending the gravity of what we are discussing.


HOUSTON: Iím troubled.




HOUSTON: The standards of entrance into Heaven are so highÖIím not so sure now that I will be able to get in myself?


ST. PETER: Youíll have to find this out after you die. Judgment Day is coming.


HOUSTON: Youíre St. Peter, canít you give me an answer now?


ST. PETER: No, you must await Judgment day.


HOUSTON: (irritated and disappointed) BUT ITíS MY LIFE! Iíve given most of my good years to Christianity and for what? Uncertainty! Uncertainty, if I will have met the standard of Heaven. Iím afraid that I have lived it all in vain. That Iíve been a fool. Donít you grasp that I have spent most of my life following the gospel?  

I canít help but think of John Miltonís lines from Paradise Lost, "Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven" at this moment.  

Both Nathan and I, Jimmy Carter as well have had lusts in our hearts and according to Matthew 5:28 we have committed adultery for doing this? Is that right?


ST. PETER: I can see that youíre very upset now. Earlier you acted differently.


HOUSTON: Earlier, I thought the issue was that Heaven will be way overcrowdedÖI leave you now worried that by Heavenís standards, as written in the Bible, that very few will actually enter the Pearly Gates. You have flipped the entire narrative from overpopulation to a place that few will ever go to!


ST. PETER: Donít be disrespectful! You act as if there is some surprise here. You act as if something was withheld from youÖonly to be revealed at a late hour. You are responsible for your own life! Donít dare convey the thought to me as the gatekeeper of Heaven that any of this is a surprise to youÖor anyone else for that matter!  

You can read, Nathan can read, it is nobody but your own fault that you followed the Heavenly cheerleaders that promised you all sorts of future bliss (despite the contrariness of their words with Holy Scripture.) You should be more discerning!


HOUSTON: (bewildered)


ST. PETER: Donít be so negative. Donít be so hard upon yourselves. Judgment Day isnít todayÖit is in the future.


HOUSTON: Is this supposed to be some sort of consolation?


ST. PETER: Itís never over until itís over. Keep going to church, live the right way and we will see what ultimately happens.


HOUSTON: Frankly, I kind of feel like Job must have felt when he needed some comfort and encouragement at a most difficult moment in his life. I just canít believe what has transpired here since this conversation started. I got no comfort, and I donít feel good about my future outlook. In all due respect, pardon me for speaking my mind here, but you are a miserable comforter. You have given me a lot to think about. I almost wish I never knew, but what Iíve learned here cannot be taken back. Iíve got a lot to contemplate. 




For those still clinging to the belief of Heaven, some thoughts or questions:

1. Where is Heaven located in our galaxy?

2. Since it's measurements were given, logically deduced, it must now exist...but where?

3. It's size, at best, could only be a star.

4. It's an odd shape, it's square.

5. Aren't all heavenly bodies at least somewhat round, oval, cylindrical? 

6. How would a square work as it orbits the Sun? You know, "square box, round world"

7.  Why hasn't anyone found this wondrous place in the galaxy?

8. This wondrous place in an unknown location would be a mega-target for it's resources...namely gold.

9. How would anyone get there?

10. The galaxy is "big" but wouldn't any life as we know it have to reside in what is commonly called the "Goldilocks zone?"

11. If you read this...will Heaven be overcrowded?

12. If you read this, will anyone be going to Heaven? 


I just got started...


this article was written by Brian Worley 


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