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Most cultures believe that there is some kind of life after death. Buddhists and Hindus believe in nirvana, which promises the bliss of being absorbed into the supreme spirit. Native North Americans believe they will have eternal hunting grounds. Muslims believe they will live in palaces with sensual delights.
Jews believed in life after death and that those who were righteous would be in the presence of God after their physical life ended. Psalm 16:10-11 You will not abandon my soul to the grave . . . You have made known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 17:15 I - in righteousness will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
Psalm 73:24-25 You guide me with your counsel and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides you.
The Christian concept of heaven is even greater than that of the OT because we have a symbolic description given in Revelation 21-22 of the beauty and grandeur of what heaven will be like.
Alexander Maclaren wrote, ''Heaven is a place of blessedness and peace. We are left by its biblical description with an image of a life that will far transcend anything we have known hitherto. So incredibly glorious is it, that we are compelled to express it by symbols of grandeur and majesty gathered from what is noblest and best in human building and society.''
TRUST IN CHRIST :1 Let not - the disciples had a choice either to let their emotions control them or to trust the promise that Jesus would make.
Heart - was believed to be the seat of a person's emotions which in turn determine if you are at peace or troubled over events.
Troubled - Gk. to be agitated or to stir up. Used of the water in the pool of Bethseda was stirred up (5:4). When used about emotions it means to ...
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