Q: I’ll be 89 on my next birthday, and I know I don’t have much longer to live. How can I know that I’ll go to heaven? I’ve always tried to be a good person, but maybe I haven’t been good enough. — V. McF.
A: Congratulations on reaching such a milestone! Unfortunately, we can’t know if there is an afterlife. In fact, there is very little reason to think that one does exist. The heaven that Christians believe in almost certainly does not exist. If you’ve truly tried to be a good person, you can take satisfaction that your actions and words have aided many people throughout your life and that you have served as a good example to your family, friends, and others. You should not fear death, because you will cease to feel and think at that point. Ultimately, you are the only judge of whether you have been “good enough”.
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