You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that most people have a fear of hell. But you may be one of those people who also has a secret fear about heaven—because sitting against an all-white backdrop, wearing diapers, and playing the harp while Morgan Freeman recites poetry all day just doesn’t sound like your idea of paradise.

Thankfully, the Bible gives a much different picture of the joys of heaven as well as a sharp picture of the torments of hell. The Bible contains all the truth from God we need for our questions about heaven and hell. We may need to dig a little to understand its symbolism. But once we do, we’ll see a vision of heaven and hell that does more to shape our lives than anything else in the Bible.