Archive for the ‘Heaven’ Category

“Heaven is For Real” is a book and movie about a four year-old boy who went to heaven, came back and described with impossible accuracy things he saw there and could not have made up, especially for his age. It has riveted a lot of attention on the prospect of the afterlife.

There is a fascination with heaven for most people. Yet, others believe that we live, die and are “eaten by worms.” There was an old song that Peggy Lee made famous that carried the fatalistic chorus, “Is that all there is, is that all there is, If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing, Let’s break out the booze and have a ball, If that’s all there is.”

It’s actually perilously close in some regard to attitudes that Jesus explored in a parable where He tells about the foolish man who builds big barns so he can store up cash, retire and just cruise through the remainder of his life. The little clinker in the man’s self-obsessive theory is that he dies the day after he makes these plans. (From Luke 12:19…  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’) Poor dude, didn’t even get a chance to “break out the booze.”

However, most people believe in heaven. But the bigger question has always been: “How is one able to enter heaven?” If you don’t want the real answer, check out the internet and you’ll get some great laughs. The only trouble is, some people will get steered down some very dark roads and I can tell you those paths lead to hell.

According to Jesus, He is the only way, the only truth and the only life. (John 14:6) In fact, eternity is described in such simple terms that no one could really claim a good excuse: Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3

What? One Sentence? You’ve got to be kiddin’.

Actually, I think such simplicity is in keeping with God’s character because 2 Peter 3:9 also says that He wouldn’t want even one to perish. So, He made it as clear as He could.

Progressively, we move to the next question. If Jesus is the way, what does He require “in order to get in?”  If all that you have to do is believe in Jesus, then we really can break out the booze. Perhaps Jesus will join us! It’s pretty inviting to purchase a cheap ticket to salvation by saying that you believe in Jesus. “Well, then, sign me right up!”

One little problem: there is asterisk on the ticket that says we must obey His commands and receive His sacrifice on the cross. In other words, we must be “in Christ” and live like Him: “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

This is where many people get tripped up. They really believe that God is dumb enough to set up a system to get to heaven where all you have to do is believe in Him. Then, you can go your merry way and sin against Him and everyone else and you still get into heaven. BTW, scripture also says that the demons believe in God! (James 2:19)

We’ll continue this discussion on why it’s a law of heaven that no “unholy” thing can be in a holy place where a holy God resides. Would you have a beautiful white rug in your home and let everyone who had just been rolling around in mud to come in without getting “changed?”

Heaven is for real. It should fascinate us. It should also make us think a little deeper.

We’ll continue by exploring why heaven is exciting and who it’s centerpiece, Jesus Christ, is and how that can actually affect the way we live down here so we won’t be “so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.”






Read Full Post »