Let not your heart be troubled… In My Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.
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“In heaven,” said philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “all the interesting people are missing.” That’s how the world views heaven, as irrelevant, vague, and dull. According to the Bible, of course, heaven is none of those things. It’s a real place, a home, a paradise, a city, a country, a new earth, a prepared place for prepared people. No one there will be bored or boring.
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Yet many Christians reflect Nietzsche’s view. We’re confused about heaven, prone to view it as a never-ending church service or a vapory world with harps and halos. But heaven is mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible, and the information is designed to fill us with anticipation. Our Redeemer is in heaven; our relationships are there, those who have gone before us; our resources are there, the investments we’ve made in eternity; our residence is in heaven, our rewards and riches. Think about that often, and do not let your heart be troubled. He who has gone to prepare a place for us will soon come again, that where He is we may be also.
Heaven is not a figment of imagination. It is not a feeling or an emotion. It is not the “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” It is a prepared place for a prepared people.
By David Jeremiah.