Is Heaven Real? (2 of 2)
Series: Two Appointments
Dan R. Hill
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (CEV)
Last week, we began a two week series that I've called simply "Two Appointments." The eternal reality is that all of us have a choice as to which one of these appointments we are going to keep. What we don't have is the option to miss the appointment!
Last week we asked the question, "Is Hell Real?" I have never received so much mail or so many comments from one single message. But this week I want you to consider with me the alternative: Is Heaven Real?
When I was a teenager (Yes, I really was one!), there was a really big song that accurately reflected what America was thinking about life after death.
The song goes something like this: "I swear there ain't no heaven, and I pray there ain't no hell." Lousy theology but great song! And yet a lot of people believe or they are praying that is the case. And even in the church today, among evangelicals like us, the latest surveys indicate that 90 percent of us believe "good" people go to heaven, regardless of what they believe about God, Jesus or his death on the cross. The fact is, most Americans believe in a place called heaven and most of them expect to go there. That tells me that even in this skeptical age in which we live there is something deep inside the human heart that cries out, "There's got to be something more than 80 or 90 years on this planet; something more than being born, living, and dying and being buried in the ground."
And the reality is there is a "heaven-shaped vacuum in the human heart, a sense that we were made for something more than this life. You were in fact, made for heaven…but it is not automatic! But the great question is: Is it real?
There are many that say it is only a figment of someone's imagination. Lots would suggest that it is merely figurative language made up by weak minds who can't handle the reality of the prospects of nothingness. Others would say that yes, we are g ...
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