Heaven and Hell are Real Places
Everybody would like to think that they are going to heaven when they die. However, getting to heaven is a choice. Different religions have different descriptions of what heaven is like. However, Christianity describes heaven as being radically different from what we are used to on earth, including different laws of physics. The only ones who seem to get a free pass to heaven are infants and children and those who are incapable of fully understanding either their spiritual condition or God's requirements for salvation. Disappointing to many people is that there will not be marriage in heaven (for the 79 virgins, you need to pick another religion). However, in heaven we will have the full knowledge of God, even as He currently knows each of us, which is amazing! The Bible also describes heaven as consisting of "thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly," so it would seem that heaven will be a big celebration (but probably no barking dogs).
Since most people want to do their own thing, they are probably going to end up in hell. From the Bible's description, it is difficult to know what hell will be like, since the descriptions are mostly metaphorical, although nobody who goes there is probably going to enjoy the experience. Atheists love to complain about God sending billions of people to hell, even though He knows who will go to hell before He creates them. Their other favorite complaint is about what will happen to people who have never heard of Jesus Christ or those who are born Into Buddhist, Hindu or other non-Christian homes. Many people like to make fun of the idea of Satan. However, the Bible indicates that Satan is merely a created angel, who rebelled against God and convinced one third of the angels to follow him in rebellion. Satan is attempting to convince people to do likewise.
- What Will Heaven be Like? Radically different
physics and living
- Many are Called, But Few Are Chosen - Did you get your invitation?
- Going to Heaven Are We?
- What Happens to Infants and Children Who Die? Do Babies Go To Heaven?
- What Happens to Christians Who Commit Suicide? Do They Go To Heaven or Hell?
- Will There be Marriage in Heaven?
- Do All Dogs Go to Heaven? Will Our Pets Be With Us in Heaven?
- What Will Hell be Like? Trust me, you don't want
to go there
- A Loving God Would Not Send Billions of People to Hell, Would He?
- Why Would God Create a Person Who Would be Destined for Hell?
- It Isn't Fair That God Judges People Who are Born Into Buddhist, Hindu or Other Non-Christian Homes
- What will happen to the people who have never heard of Jesus Christ?
- Who is Satan?: What Does the Bible Say About the Devil?
- Have Christians Already Overcome Satan? - The Importance of the Word of God in the Life of the Believer
- Spiritual Death - Physical death is the least of your worries!
- The Bible Says Hell is a Place Located Under the Earth: An Atheists' Myth
- Christian Theology
We are what we think.
- 04/18/2014 02:49 AM
Quote of the Week: Kenneth Samples
I’m a socially awkward, pensively contemplative person who finds it easier to hug books than people. — Kenneth Samples
- 04/15/2014 02:04 AM
How to Think about Near-Death Experiences
Stories of heavenly visions, like the one at the center of the upcoming film Heaven Is for Real (based on the near-death experience of a four-year-old Nebraska boy), can have a powerful effect on people. They can inspire our imaginations, … Continue reading
- 04/11/2014 02:19 AM
Quote of the Week: Thomas Nagel
Consciousness is the most conspicuous obstacle to a comprehensive naturalism that relies only on the resources of physical science. — Thomas Nagel, Mind & Cosmos (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 35.
- 04/08/2014 02:47 AM
Making Decisions: Six Criteria for Biblical Guidance
The big decisions of life (and even some of the smaller ones) can put us in a place where we need wisdom and guidance. When I’m faced with difficult decisions or simply need direction on how to handle a challenging … Continue reading
- 04/04/2014 02:40 AM
Quote of the Week: Captain America
The price of freedom is high and it’s a price I’m willing to pay. – Captain America, Captain America: The Winter Soldier From childhood, my favorite superhero has always been Captain America. In light of the Winter Soldier sequel released … Continue reading
- 04/01/2014 11:15 AM
Considering “Blackfish” and the Question of Mammals in Captivity
Whatever your opinion about the controversial documentary Blackfish, its impact can’t be ignored. CNN has been airing Blackfish periodically since October 2013. The documentary has won several awards and inspired numerous boycotts. Personally, I have three friends who vowed to … Continue reading
- 03/28/2014 02:39 AM
Quote of the Week: Paul Copan
Perhaps this world has the balance of the greatest amount of good and the least amount of evil. — Paul Copan, Loving Wisdom (St. Louis, MO: Chalice, 2007), 128.
- 03/25/2014 02:39 AM
Plato’s Cave: Do You Know the Difference between Reality and Illusion?
Have you ever been in a cave? Caves are dark, cold, and sometimes dangerous places—people who lose their light source in a cave often cannot find their way out and, without rescue, face the possibility of death from hypothermia or … Continue reading
- 03/21/2014 02:35 AM
Quote of the Week: Anthony Hoekema
The Greek word agape used here implies that self-giving love is meant: a love which does not ask What is there in it for me? But which seeks to give itself unselfishly to others. — Anthony Hoekema, Saved By Grace … Continue reading
- 03/18/2014 02:19 AM
Interview: “Understanding Christian End Times Teaching”
In January, I had the opportunity to discuss the always popular, frequently controversial topic of the end times on Issues, Etc. with host Todd Wilken, a Lutheran pastor and theologian. Our discussion lasted over an hour and included time for … Continue reading
Last Modified March 19, 2013