“Satan doesn’t need to convince us that Heaven doesn’t exist,
but only that it will be a boring, unearthly existence”
- Randy Alcorn, author of the book Heaven
Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
What will Heaven be after God makes it “new”?
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"
Heaven and the afterlife was a central focus of early Christians
Instead, they were longing for a better country - a heavenly one.
I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
It may be that we will sleep until Christ’s return when we die - but then Heaven changes
“Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Samuel asked Saul.
1 Samuel 28:7-15
“those who have fallen asleep… the dead in Christ will rise first.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
The Bible describes Heaven as a physical place, with physical properties
In my Father's house are many rooms; I am going there to prepare a place for you.
we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
2 Peter 3:13
Many of us are Depressed & Unmotivated, because we are uncertain about next life
Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down..
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men...If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
1 Corinthians 15:19,32
Why so little teaching on Heaven? Why is so much of it wrong and uninspiring?
(The Beast) opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. (Satan slanders God’s person, his people, and his place [Heaven]
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
Christo-Platonism* is not Biblical
* A mix of the teachings of Christ and Plato: teaches that “spiritual” and “physical” are opposites – “anything physical is evil/sinful” – leading to the assumption that after death, in Heaven, we will not have bodies. However, resurrection is not having NO body, but having a NEW body. In Heaven we will have new (spiritual) bodies, where the New Heaven and the New Earth are together, and God lives with men, like Eden
At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.