Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thoughts on Heaven

Some people believe that in heaven, we will all be given personal harps and clouds, that it will be a dull, boring, and very white place...

But I think that the Bible paints a very different picture of heaven.  As Revelation 5:9 says, "With your blood you purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.'"  Heaven will be a place of great variety.

In our world, there are so many wars and natural disasters that it is easy to become disillusioned.  We have all experienced tragedy to some extent.  In many ways, we long for peace.  I believe that there will be peace in heaven.  As Matthew 5:9 says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."  Heaven will be filled with those who wage peace.

Heaven will also be filled with people who forgive.  As Matthew 6:14 says, "For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."  Grudges are not encouraged in heaven.

But can we experience heaven on earth?

Some people are convinced that we have to die in order to experience heaven.  However, in the 'Our Father' prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, "on earth as it is in heaven."  So as we learn to grow in truth, peace, and forgiveness, I believe we can experience glimpses of heaven  here on earth, even if we can't play the harp. 

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