I am teaching a class on heaven right now and thought I would share a bit along the way. When I just sit and let my mind think about heaven there are a lot of thoughts that come to mind. Just like with any place I have never been, when I hear mention of it, I have more questions than I have answers. Obviously, scripture addresses some of our questions and others it is silent on. I have studied enough to have a decent answer on some of these questions but it is always worthy of investigation of the scripture rather than just assuming my conclusions are solid and based on a solid interpretation of what the Bible actually says. Here are a few of the questions that come to mind when I think about heaven:
Who ?– who will be there? Not who do I expect will be there but who does the Bible say will be there?
What? – What happens in heaven? What is the focus? What will we do?
When? – When will all of this happen? When will Jesus return?
Where? – Where is heaven? Where are the dead?
Why? – Why did God create the world in such a way that there is a distinction between heaven and earth? Why is there evil in the world? Which leads to…
How? – How will God take care of the problems we face in this world? How does God expect us to live here and now and how does an understanding of heaven address that?
I am going to highlight what scripture has to say in response to these questions and how that helps us to have an accurate view of heaven and to help us live in light of that understanding.
What questions do you have about heaven?