|Series Theme: Questions of Eternity|
Title: 2. Is there a Heaven?
simple consideration of the existence of Heaven and our
1. A Reliable Source - the Bible?
The Bible, somewhat obviously, states, "Man is destined to die" (Hebrews 9:27).
The Bible is a record of God's dealings with the nation of Israel, into which was born His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible is historically reliable and it can, therefore, be used as an authoritative source on spiritual matters (See the Main Resources Contents Page, "The Trustworthiness of the Bible").
So what does it tell us about life after death? On this page we'll focus on heaven. On its companion page we'll focus on hell.
2. Who says Heaven exists?
Many sources from around the world speak about an afterlife. Jesus Christ spoke about it many times. Jesus claimed to be God's Son who had come down from heaven, and then went on to substantiate that claim by the things he did, the death he died, and then by coming back from the dead.
(For substantiation of the resurrection, please see the page, "Did the resurrection of Jesus Christ actually happen?")
Jesus spoke about hell and heaven many times. We'll simply look at his references to heaven.
Jesus speaks about Heaven
said some specific things about the existence of heaven:
Other Places in the Bible
The word 'heaven' is used over 420 times in the Bible. Occasionally it refers to the sky (heavens), but mostly it refers to that other existence where the presence of God is.
Over 420 times! That is how sure the many Biblical writers are about the existence of heaven.
3. How does one get to Heaven after Death?
Look again at points 5 to 9 above and see again who is able to enter. It is those who are willing to humble themselves and put their total trust in God.
How do we start off doing that? By believing what God has said in His book, the Bible:
4. A Final Powerful Picture
the last book of the Bible, the apostle, John, has an amazing vision.
In chapter 21 of that book he sees a picture of a new city or dwelling
place of Christians having its origins in heaven. He sees it as a place
Such is a picture of this dwelling for eternity in the presence of God - for that is what heaven is.
5. Supposing it is True?
Just supposing this amazing compilation of books we call the Bible is true. Just supposing that it is true that you have opportunity here and now on earth to make choices that determine your eternal destiny.
Just supposing that is true, it would be madness to ignore it, wouldn't it. Here is God offering you the most wonderful of futures and you refuse it and choose the most terrible of alternatives possible. Absolute madness.
on the right path
1. Tell God (in prayer) that you acknowledge you have left Him out of your life and you're sorry because your life is less than perfect without Him.
2. Tell Him you believe in Jesus Christ His Son coming and dying in your place, for you to receive forgiveness for your wrongs. Tell Him you want Him to forgive you your past that wasn't perfect.
If that sounds simple it is! All it requires from you is complete sincerity. God isn't fooled when we are half-hearted, still holding onto our self-centredness. It needs to be all or nothing, but remember that 'nothing' goes on beyond death.
The Wonder of the Offer
The emphasis of these two pages isn't on the awfulness of hell, which we focus on in the companion page, but on the wonder of heaven which we have considered in this one.
God offers you a future here on the earth in which you can learn to experience His love for you in very practical and tangible ways. He also offers you the most glorious future with Him in eternity. He simply requires that you put your hands firmly into His, that you come to trust Him instead of yourself for the days and eternity ahead of you .