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“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” – John 14:3
One of the best-selling Christian books recently is a supposed account of heaven from a four year-old boy. “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo, tells the story of his son Colton who says he visited heaven during surgery after a ruptured appendix nearly took his life. Millions of copies of the book have sold and a movie has been made based on Colton’s story. This book is by no means the first of its kind, in fact these purported eyewitness accounts of the afterlife have become the hottest trend in Christian publishing.
I know that many Christians get excited about these sorts of things but the truth is, it is dangerous to build your faith on people’s experiences and Hollywood is sure to take great liberties with the truth. Thankfully, we have a much more certain foundation for our faith, the infallible Word of God. I am saddened that many church members put more stock in dreams and fanciful imaginations than in the Bible. When it comes to extra-biblical revelations just remember this, if it does not agree with the Bible is it false and if it agrees with the Bible it is unnecessary. What I am getting at is that God has revealed everything He wants us to understand in the 66 books of the Bible. The Scripture is the only legitimate place to get a clear understanding of spiritual truth.
Is heaven for real? Absolutely, and the Bible reveals that it is even more glorious than any of these best sellers suggest. So don’t be confused or misled by human testimonies that do not line up with the Scripture. Don’t be deceived by those who teach that only a select number can go to heaven and that the rest will inhabit a separate paradise on earth. Such teaching is contrary to the Bible. The Bible speaks of believers dying and being absent from the body and present with the Lord. It speaks of a future rapture when living believers are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and shall forever remain with the Lord. Later they descend with the Lord in the heavenly city to the recreated earth.
So what is heaven like? Even in Scripture we are left to wonder about the details, indicating that it is indescribable in splendour. One thing is clear, it is a place illuminated by and filled with God’s glory. Where is heaven? Notice the verse again at the beginning of this article. We may not know the exact physical location but where Jesus is, that’s heaven! Will you live there in eternity? Find out how in the Word of God.