by Jerry Vines

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Series: Heaven
Jerry Vines
John 14:1-6

Here's the timeline of human existence. We are born, we live our lives, and we die. We go to heaven or to hell. There are some people who think that there is no heaven or hell. A few years ago a rock group, Blood Sweat and Tears, sang a song with these lines, "I swear there ain't no heaven, and I pray there ain't no hell." Bad grammar, bad theology. There are many people in the world who do not believe that heaven exists. The atheist says that heaven is an illusion of spiritually intoxicated people. The philosopher says that heaven is just an idea for those who are intellectually idiotic. The liberal theologians says that heaven is a musty, worn out idea from a previous superstition that in modern times must be disregarded.

There are many people who say there is no heaven or hell, and yet all of the polls, which we take concerning the subject among American people, tell us that people do believe there is a heaven and a hell. The most recent poll I ran across said that 93 percent of the people in America believe there is a heaven and 69 percent of those believe that they're going there. Of that same group, 54 percent said they believe that there was a hell; and, interestingly enough, only 17 percent of those said that they might go there. There is a belief, somehow an idea, in the hearts of people that there is a place called heaven.

The question is where do you get your information concerning the subject of heaven? There are some who have reported near-death experiences and have come back from those experiences. They have described in a book or in public statements what heaven was like. As you read all the cultures of the world, you will find that virtually every one of them has some concept or some idea of heaven.

For instance, the Buddhist's idea of heaven is nirvana, some kind of nothingness. There's a belief in heaven in Islam. Islam says that if you participat ...

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