It is not uncommon for someone to ask me why I believe in Heaven. Now notice, they are not asking what Heaven is like. Most of the time they have heard about pearly gates and streets of gold. It seems that people are not as concerned with the amenities of Heaven as much as knowing why it is reasonable to believe in the reality of Heaven. While I certainly concede that faith is required, I will not concede that it is unreasonable to believe in Heaven. So let’s take a few seconds and look at what fuels my faith in the reality of Heaven.
The Integrity of the Bible
The Bible is such an amazing collection of books. There is no other book like it… (secular or sacred)
One of my favorite passages is from 1 Corinthians 2:9, “Just as it is written, things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him." Heaven is going to blow our minds!
The InstinctWithin Us
Take a look at these numbers from a recent survey…
81% Americans Believe in Heaven
69% said they believed in Hell
NONES- This is a group who declare themselves as being unaffiliated religiously. Many in this group don’t want to be thought of in terms of spirituality or religion. Yet, of this group 37% believe in Heaven. How can that be? Perhaps the answer is found in Ecclesiastes 3:11, "He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end."
What does it mean that God has placed eternity in our hearts. The Hebrew “Olam” describes us having an “eternal longing for something better than what we can see and experience in the here and now.”
Some people may believe that Heaven isn’t real… But many do because God has set eternity in our heart. For just a moment, consider how many movies, books, and songs (both secular & sacred) have been written about Heaven. Why is that? Perhaps the reason is that God has put eternity in our hearts? We long for something more because we weren’t created for this world.
The Power and Character of the Savior
There is just something unique and wonderful about Jesus. Luke 4:14-22 “14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, 19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” 20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”22 And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
There was something so unique, so different, and so honorable about Jesus. Everyone knew He was special, there was something Godly about His nature and character.
So what Did Jesus say about Heaven?
I for one feel very blessed to know that a real God, created a real Heaven, for real people. I hope you have the question of eternity settled in your heart, and I hope you will share God’s amazing love with others.
I hope and pray that these thoughts fuel your faith in the reality of Heaven.
*Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below! Have a wonderful day!