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There Are No Dead People in Heaven

What do you think of, when you think of heaven? I was shocked to discover that the majority of people (including Christians, who should know better) believe it is a somewhat boring place, where everyone sits around on puffy white clouds, playing harps. Somewhat like this:

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No wonder people are so much more interested in living here, on earth. Too bad they fail to understand completely what heaven really is.

To begin with, there are no dead people in heaven. The dead people are here on earth, walking around, completely unaware they are lacking life. Jesus said, “I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” If you don’t know Christ, you are already dead.  The unsaved breath, walk around, eat, and believe they are alive. But in truth, they are actually the “walking dead”.

But once you have accepted Christ’s free gift of life, you are transformed into a living soul. You cannot, will not, die. People also have a misunderstanding of what death is. Death is not that moment where we pass from this world into the next. That’s just a doorway. That’s like saying we have died every time we walk out of our house into our garden. No. True death is the absence of true life…and true life can only be found with God.

Dead people don’t go to heaven.  Dead people continue on to eternal death. Living people go to heaven, the place of eternal joy and life. The Bible doesn’t tell us very many details about heaven, probably because if we really understood what it is like, we’d never be able to bear living here. The most wonderful, most beautiful place on earth is a filthy slum compared to heaven. The most happiness we’ve ever felt here on earth is horrible despair compared to the joy of heaven. It’s indescribable.

When I went looking for images, I couldn’t find anything to picture heaven.  But the people who think it will be an endless “church service” of harp music and hymns are wrong. The God who created this world is not a God who could possibly be boring or uncreative when it comes to preparing a place for us to enjoy. As someone said once, it took Him six days to create this world…and He’s been working on Heaven for two thousand years! It’s going to be ALL the things we love here, in their most perfect fulfillment.

I couldn’t find anything to picture heaven, but I found some pictures that, for me, capture a tiny fraction of what I know it will be like. Color, beauty, love, truth, perfection, joy, and always, perfect love in the presence of my Savior.

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And no fear. Absolutely never, ever, any fear.

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I cannot wait to ride those horses and hug those lions….

Maranatha, Lord Jesus. Come soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jacks

I was starting to think our dog Jacks was immortal.  At 18 years old, she was remarkably healthy, other than being mostly deaf and a little bit blind.  A lot of the time she was slower than she used to be, but other times she’d still frisk around the house like she was a decade young.

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Friday night around midnight, she started to have seizures, and we knew it was time.

Sometimes I think it’s harder to lose a pet than a person.  All the humans I’ve “lost” are not really lost at all.  I know absolutely where they are, and I know they are experiencing more happiness and joy than I can even imagine.  I know we’ll be together again – and not in some wispy, white-wearing, harp-playing boring heaven.   The place we’ll be going to is everything you love, everything you’re always wanted, everything that is good and wonderful and exciting and brilliant times infinity!  I get the tingles and goosebumps just thinking about it.

But I don’t have that certainty of what happens when an animal dies.  I lean towards believing that, since they are part of Creation, and since all of Creation is going to be made new, that all animals will be given a new life as well.  I hope so.  It seems to fit what I understand of God.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hopethat the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.  And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.    Romans 8:18-23