• It is very insensitive for a cleric to say "God wanted him home." Better for the cleric to say something like "God called him home."
    • Victorine
      There's really no difference between the two. If God calls someone home, then presumably he WANTED the person home.
  • it's ok
  • This is a great question What does the Bible say? “Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the earth.”​—Matthew 5:5. Although Jesus promised his disciples that he would “prepare a place” for them in heaven, he indicated that the righteous do not automatically go there. (John 3:13; 14:2, 3) Did he not pray that God’s will take place “as in heaven, also upon earth”? (Matthew 6:9, 10) In reality, one of two destinies awaits the righteous. A minority will rule in heaven with Christ, but the majority will live forever on earth.​—Revelation 5:10. Over time, the early church changed its view of its own role on the earth. With what result? “The institutional church increasingly replaced the expected Kingdom of God,” states The New Encyclopædia Britannica. The church began solidifying its power by becoming mixed up in politics, ignoring Jesus’ explicit statements that his followers were to be “no part of the world.” (John 15:19; 17:14-16; 18:36) Under the influence of the Roman Emperor Constantine, the church compromised some of its beliefs, one of which involved the very nature of God. Compare these Bible verses: Psalm 37:10, 11, 29; John 17:3; 2 Timothy 2:11, 12 FACT: The majority of good people will live forever on earth​—not in heaven For more information on this subject please visit jworg
    • 1465
      Your quote "...prepare a place” for them in heaven" is from John 14:3. You're totally correct, but caution should be taken by those who read it since misquoting a Bible verse is one of the common reasons people believe things they shouldn't. The quote never says anything about preparing a place *in heaven*. There is no place in the Bible that says man will go to heaven - because he won't. Another commonly misquoted verse is "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - Matt 5:3. Breaking this down, the word "of" is defined as "from". Thus, it is saying that "theirs is the kingdom *from* heaven." When all is said and done, the earth will be destroyed by fire and a new earth will be rebuilt. This is the "kingdom" that mankind will inherit. But God will not dwell here - Jesus will.
  • That's just a standard line at funerals, meant to comfort grieving loved ones, meant to suggest that their loved one was special and also that they will see him again. Everyone knows what it means, why clergy say it. Don't invest it with any more importance than that. It's not about God supposedly needing the deceased's help with something.
  • Nothing wrong with it.
  • It's what these people believe.

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