Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Heaven... For real?

Seriously... Someone asked Billy Graham is Heaven is real again? Sigh...
What is heaven like? Is it an actual place, or is it just a state of mind? How do we know what it's like anyway?
How do you define Heaven? If you are referring to the Christian version, there's no real way to know. But the fact is that there is no evidence that it exists, so there's no good reason to think that it is a physical place.
The Bible doesn't answer all our questions about heaven because it is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine! But it does give us glimpses of heaven and what it will be like - and those are more than enough to make us want to go there!
Like the fact that the Bible describes Heaven as unending worship and not hanging out with your family? Or the fact that Heaven is actually described as a place that is actually hotter than the Bible describes Hell (more on that tomorrow)? Sorry, doesn't sound at all glorious to me...
One important truth about heaven is that it is real. It isn't just something people dreamed up because they hoped there might be something beyond the grave. Nor is it just a state of mind (like a dream), with no reality behind it. Heaven may include dimensions we can't even imagine, but it is real, and we'll even be given new bodies so we can enjoy its reality.
No, the truth isn't that Heaven is real. Sure, it could be true (highly unlikely)... But the time to say something is true is after it has actually been demonstrated to be true. Is that so much of an ask?
But equally important is another truth: Heaven is the place where God dwells. His glory and majesty will fill heaven, and we will see Him as He truly is. I can't begin to imagine what that will be like, but it will be glorious! Centuries ago, Job declared, "I know that my redeemer lives.... I myself will see him with my own eyes" (Job 19:25,27).
 Again, truth doesn't mean what Billy thinks it means. So a god that has not been shown to exist dwells in a place that has not been shown to exist, yet he talks as if these are well documented and verified facts. They are nothing of the sort!
The greatest truth about heaven, however, is that we can go there! Sin cuts us off from heaven, and unless we're cleansed of our sins, we have no hope of ever sharing in heaven's glory. But Christ came to take away our sins, and He did this by His death for us on the cross. Have you trusted Him alone for your salvation? If not, or if you're unsure, ask Him to come into your life today. God's promise is for you: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life" (John 3:36).
Ooh, ooh! Let me play! The truth is that Valhalla is real, and after Ragnarok Thor, Odin and the other gods will dwell there. But the best part is that you can go there too! But being a wimp cuts you off from Valhalla's glory. Ah, but die gloriously in battle and the never ending feast and merriment of Valhalla shall be yours! How'd I do?

-Brain Hulk

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