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What does heaven look like? Here are 10 possibilities

Published: Friday, Aug. 29 2014 1:15 p.m. MDT

Ever wondered what heaven looks like? Here are 10 accounts, stories and beliefs of what people believe they will find when they reach heaven.

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Heaven — what does it look like?

That’s a question many have sought to find an answer to, and yet a true description of heaven’s appearance is nowhere to be found.

According to a 2013 Harris poll, 68 percent of Americans believe in heaven. People who believe in heaven are actually happier, according to a new study. But there are naysayers when it comes to the afterlife. The amount of people who believe in heaven is actually down from the 85 percent from a decade ago, according to Fox News. And some, like Stephen Hawking, have called heaven a fairy tale.

Still, scientists have shown their support for an afterlife, too. And books have been written that look into how there is definitive proof of a heaven.

But, again, what would it look like?

There have been different ideas of what heaven is. Here’s a look at 10 of those ideas:

Whatever gives you peace

It was earlier this year that the story of Colton Burpo and his images of heaven were explored in the film “Heaven Is for Real.” Based on a book with the same title, Burpo’s image of heaven featured an exceptional presence of Jesus, who had blue eyes, according to Deseret News National. He learned things about his family he didn’t know about — like he had a sister who died shortly after birth. The movie explained that Burpo’s ultimate idea of heaven is whatever gives you peace and solace.

Sweet and funny

The late Robin Williams has his own ideas of heaven. In this video, Williams explained that he wanted heaven to have seating near the front, some Mozart and Elvis playing and just a bunch of laughter. He said it’d be great to hear God tell a joke — even a religious one — to help break the ice between people.

Something nice back home

To each his own, right? Well that’s especially the case for Ernest Hemingway, whose ideal image of heaven included a bull ring and something a little less lavish than one might assume, he wrote in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“To me a heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town,” the letter read.

There’s nothing to see

C.S. Lewis spent a good part of his life writing about and discussing religion. And a part of that included thoughts of heaven, hell and the afterlife. His idea of heaven is simple — it’s incomprehensible, according to C.S. Lewis’ website.

“It is totally unspatial and nontemporal; it gives our minds no basis for forming images, gives us nothing even to imagine,” the website explained. Lewis also believed that heaven was a feeling and something to be sensed, and the closest thing we can get to true reality.

Something beautiful and amazing

Crystal McVea died for nine minutes on Dec. 10, 2009, according to the Christian Post. But when she opened her eyes, it wasn’t a room full of doctors she saw. Rather, it was heaven, the Post reported. Her image of heaven had angels, God and images she can’t explain, she said.

"I remember almost every detail. I remember being in the bed. My mother was at my feet, and I remember starting to drift off — and I remember opening my eyes and telling her that I loved her," McVea said, according to the Christian Post. "I remember just closing my eyes in that bed and I opened them and I was standing in the most beautiful tunnel of light I could ever describe."

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