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Spiritualism and Church of Scotland: Do the departed ones go to Heaven before the Final Day?
By:Vicky
Date: 14 September 2009

Good Afternoon Stephen,

I have been reading your website with interest and I wondered if you could possibly help me with a religious problem which is troubling me.

I was brought up by parents who were very involved with the Church of Scotland but also attended a spiritualist church from time to time. They were always very much aware of spirit around them.

I have grown up moved away and had family. I am a member of the local Church of Scotland and also attended a local development circle until it closed down. My children have been baptised in the Church of Scotland. The impression I have always been given at Church of Scotland funerals was that the deceased had gone to Heaven and been reunited with other loved ones. I have therefore not felt there was an incompatibility between the 2 religions, other than that the Church of Scotland would feel we shouldn't actually try to communicate with people in Heaven.

I recently had a visit from a new minister to the area who said that as a Christian I should believe that the departed are not in Heaven because that doesn't happen until the final day when they are resurrected and judged, so death should be seen as final. This has thrown me a bit. Mainly I am concerned because I had hoped my children could go to a church regularly, as I did as a child, and feel part of that greater family. The thought that, should anything happen to me, they may be told that I am not still around them, or in heaven, is very worrying to me. On the other hand, when I have visited spiritualist churches, I have never seen any children there. My children are in primary school.

Can you offer me any advice please?







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Spiritualism and Church of Scotland: Do the departed ones go to Heaven before the Final Day? -- Vicky -- 14 September 2009
Re: Spiritualism and Church of Scotland: Do the departed ones go to Heaven before the Final Day? -- Stephen Wakeling -- 14 September 2009