Quite often I hear people say that they are very sure a loved one is in heaven. I have heard countless people say their loved one is an angel in heaven. Even when the person has lived a questionable lifestyle or even a non-Christian lifestyle, its a major assumption that upon death, they are in heaven with God. So let me ask you what you believe or even think. Can we be specifically positive a person is in heaven (or a place of rest) after death? If so, does scripture provide an equal –and specific– knowledge that that a person is in hell after death? And should we ever say they “went to hell” upon their deaths? Or is it just more polite and “Christian” to say someone is in heaven with God even if we know they are not?
Before you give your answer, consider what the scriptures say: (This section is subtitled “woes for the wicked”)
Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Therefore hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoices, shall descend into it.
And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. Isaiah 5:11-16 AKJV
Unless Im mistaken, there is no equivalent acknowledgement in scripture that heaven has enlarged itself.