If you are going to read a book about Heaven, make it “In Light of Eternity”

A friend of mine and I will be teaching In Light of Eternity: Perspectives on Heaven by Randy Alcorn to the High School youth over the next few weeks as part of a study called “Heaven and Hell.  Mostly Heaven.”  I highly recommend this book.  It is very easy to read, chock-full of Bible verses (in context!) and it is likely to change your view of Heaven for the good — and towards a more accurate assessment of it.  He addresses myths that even some Christians hold, such as that Heaven will be boring.

In the mean time, read Randy’s article about some other books on Heaven that appear to be less accurate: “Heaven Is for Real”, “90 Minutes in Heaven”, and other books about visits to Heaven or Hell.

Everyone spends eternity somewhere.  If you are a Christian, you should spend time thinking about your eternal home.  If you aren’t a Christian, you should give this some serious thought.  What could be more important?

5 thoughts on “If you are going to read a book about Heaven, make it “In Light of Eternity””

  1. Hmmm…

    I’ve thought about that for a while. The idea that I as a non-Christian should think a lot about where I’ll end up eternally. I just found one flaw with that problem. Which is that I’m told time and time again that the decision should never be based upon where I’d want to end up going. Rather it should be because I actually want some sort of relationship with God.

    That’s my issue with pushing dialogue about heaven and hell. Not that it shouldn’t be done. But…do you want it to be a big deal or not? Should your entire decision be solely because of where you want to end up when you die. And if you converted to Christianity on the sole basis that you wanted to get into heaven, wouldn’t you go to hell anyways because your reasoning was wrong for why you converted? At least this is what I get out of people when they say that my decision shouldn’t be because of where I want to end up.

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    1. Sombra, I believe that if Christians were brutally honest with themselves, they would admit that fear of eternal death/the horror of Hell is why they became a Christian in the first place. I think the gratitude and thanks for God’s salvation from Hell, the love for God actually grows over time. The realization that we are all sinners in need of a Savior comes first; what God has saved us from hits us. Then as we grow, understanding more every day (hopefully) how much God did for us, then our love becomes real. Hope that makes sense.

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    2. Hi Sombra,

      Which is that I’m told time and time again that the decision should never be based upon where I’d want to end up going. Rather it should be because I actually want some sort of relationship with God.

      I think someone may have misinformed you. Ideally you’d seek God first because you love him, but it is completely rationale to seek reconciliation with him because you fear him.

      It is wise to think carefully about the claims made about Heaven. Hope you think about reading the book!

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  2. To Sombra
    I’m glad that you responded with your question and concern. I too can be weary with seemingly contradicting ideas coming from my fellow christians and at times it can be exasberating. This is probably going to sound stange but I would point you to Jesus. I’ve been a bonehead for a good part of my life but I’ve always heard His voice. It’s the only one I completely trust. Eternity is obviously hard to ignore once you’ve explored the fact that we may be eternal creatures. I would hope that the sources from which you are receiving your input are fostered from a true concern for you and based on a God given love and regard. I will pray for you, mainly because that’ all I’m able and my hope will be that you truly open your heart to hear. On a personal note, eternity is secondary to me. After all Jesus has done for my life, if there was nothing else, although I believe Him when He says there is more than I can ever imagine, I would give Him my life tomorrow. Keep searching and if need be keep us christians accountable for what we say and do. We need it.

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  3. Sounds good, I will read it. We are currently watchting the True U “Is God Real” DVD. The I have had some questions about “Revelation” Heaven sounds like a good topic to take up next.

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