Heaven

Do we long for Heaven?  Do we have a biblical view of where we, as Christians, will live for eternity?

Isaac Asimov said “I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more.  For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.”

An evangelical pastor once said “Whenever I think about heaven, it makes me depressed.  I’d rather cease to exist when I die.  I can’t stand the thought of endless boring tedium.  To me, heaven doesn’t sound much better than hell.  I’d rather be annihilated than spend eternity like that.”

We can dismiss away Isaac Asimov’s comments because he is not a believer, but why would an evangelical pastor say such things about heaven?

I think it comes from ignorance of what the bible teaches about the intermediate heaven, the new earth, and the new heaven.  Some of us have been wrongly taught that when we get to heaven, we won’t remember this life or the people we knew.  We’ve been told that heaven will be brand new, and there will be no connection between this life and the next.

The devil wants us to think of heaven as a place where we will not have a physical body, will be floating around on fluffy clouds, and playing a harp all day long.  Essentially making heaven sound pretty boring.

God’s word paints a much different picture of heaven; one that very few preachers are teaching, and very few Christians understand.

I’m reading Randy Alcorn’s book called Heaven.  It is a great resource to understand the truth of scripture concerning where we will go after we die, the new earth, the new heaven, what will be there and what we will do there.  I highly recommend this book to everyone, so that you will know and understand what is revelled in God’s word.

Here are just some of the things discussed in that book:

No longer will there be any curse. God’s servants will serve him.  And they will reign for ever and ever.  Rev 22:3-5.

We will be learning and growing with God in heaven.  We will not automatically know everything.

We will rule the new earth.  That was God’s original plan, but God will fulfill that plan.

Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. Isaiah 65:17

In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 2 Peter 3:13

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Rev 21:1

No believer who understands what scripture says about eternal life will ever see it as dull, boring or dreadful.  Instead we should look forward to it.  We will finally be face-to-face with our creator, spending an eternity getting to know more about Him and His creation.

Over my next several blogs, I will dive deeper into what Heaven.  I will discuss:

  • What is Heaven?
  • Where is Heaven?
  • How will Heaven be the same as Earth?
  • How will Heaven be different from Earth?
  • Will there be time in Heaven?
  • Will we remember this life in Heaven?
  • Will we have a physical body, or will we just be a spirit?
  • Will animals be there?

We need to make sure that we have a proper biblical view of where we will spend eternity, so that we can teach our children.  We should look forward to going to Heaven, and not dreading it; clinging onto this world.  I’m convinced that when a Christian dies, they just need to spend a few seconds in Heaven, and they will never want to return to our present Earth.

So look for my future blogs to answer these questions.

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Ken Leaman

Ken Leaman

Ken Leaman has a passion for students, and for over 25 years has been volunteering within churches, leading and mentoring students.  These churches are:

Ken is a Director of Enterprise Data Management at IHS Markit, which is a multi-Billion dollar information company. Ken has also served on the board of another non-profit called DFW HDI, which is a membership organization of IT support professionals.  

Ken, and his wife Karen, have been married for 26 years, and have a 25 year old son.  They live in McKinney, TX, just North of Dallas.

As Ken and Karen repeatedly witnessed many Christian students who were active within the Church walk away from their faith shortly after graduating high school, they grew frustrated.  Studies show that about 70% of young adults leave their faith after graduation, which is a huge issue since they are the future of the Church.  After much prayer and searching God's direction for many years, the Leaman's felt His calling to start a ministry to address this problem.  In 2014, they gathered like minded Christian professionals to help begin Young Adults of Worth Ministries.  We believe that this ministry is from God, and it will be blessed by Him for His glory alone.