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God, What Is Heaven Like? (5 of 5)
Series: If I Could Ask God One Question. . .
John 14: 1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Introduction: Some of you old rockers will remember the songs by Blood, Sweat and Tears, called, "When I Die." Some of the lyrics go something like this: "I swear there ain't no heaven, and I pray there ain't no hell."
Well, they may have been good musicians but they were not good theologians. The Bible declares that there is both heaven and hell. Unfortunately, their theology has been adopted by a lot of people.
Some people say, "What difference does it make? I've enjoyed this life, and I believe that's all there is." Other people say, "I don't believe there is a heaven or a hell. I just believe that you die, and that's it."
But the Christian, rightly informed in the Word of God, (Five hundred and fifty times in the Word of God you see the name "Heaven.") believes there is a heaven, and that belief gives us comfort, gives us inspiration, gives us joy, and gives us encouragement.
In the last few years, particularly in the secular world, both in the movies and on television we have seen such an interest in the after-life. The Gallop Poll said that 78% of Americans believe in Heaven. Now 40% of Americans go to church every week, but when you think that 78% believe there is a Heaven, that's twice as many as go to church or synagogue. So it says that the American consensus is there is a place called Heaven.
A teacher took a survey of a seventh grade Sunday School class and asked the question: What are some things you'd like to know about Heaven? Here are some of the responses:
Will we have skateboards and computers in Heaven?
Will my dog be there?
Will we know each other?
Do we get bored?
These are some of the things that the children were thinking about when they were thinking about Heaven. I'm sure there are lots of questions that come to mind when we think about Heave ...
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