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Answering The Atheist
July 15, 2007 / Volume 7, Issue 28

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
When was heaven created? Matthew 25:34 says when the earth was created, but John 14:2 says sometime after the ascension of Jesus. Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
If I speak with a friend who is coming to town, and tell him that I am going to prepare a place for him, which will he understand that to mean?
or
2) that I am going to make ready a room in my house for him to stay?

Surely he would understand that I am preparing our guest room (ie. changing the bedding, vacuuming the floor, dusting the dresser, etc.).

Jesus did not ascend into heaven to create heaven (think about the oxymoron of that statement alone). He ascended into heaven to prepare it for the coming of His disciples. Heaven was created in the beginning, when the earth was created; Jesus is presently in heaven, preparing it for the righteous to dwell in eternally.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible