Heaven: Fact or Fantasy?

Heaven: Fact or Fantasy?

Featured in the June, 2005 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

Every real Christian believer goes immediately to heaven upon death to be eternally with the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no detour and there is no delay. Jesus said to the repentant thief,
“Today you will be with me in paradise”
(Luke 23:43). The apostle Paul wrote that when we are “absent from the body we are present with the Lord”
(II Corinthians 5:8).

There is no “pluralism” or religious diversity in heaven. Everyone
there has repented of his sin and received Jesus Christ as the only possible savior because
“salvation is found
in no one else” (Acts 4:12), and Jesus plainly said, “I am the way (literally road” (John 14:6).
It is to be regretted that most will not turn from their sin and trust in Christ as Savior, and because of their neglect
and refusal will not go to heaven (Matthew 7:13,14).

Because we live in an imperfect world, it’s
difficult for us to understand that heaven is a perfect place. Perfect because it is prepared by Jesus who said,
“I
go to prepare a place for you” John 14:2).

In heaven, there will be no pain (Revelation 21:4),
no clinics, surgical centers or hospitals. Perfect health will be enjoyed in this perfect place.

There will be no
death and so no mortuaries, hearses, funerals or cemeteries. Believers will have new bodies (I Corinthians 15:51-57)
that will not be subject to any illness, infirmity, disease or disability.

Yes, we will recognize one another in heaven,
because if Peter could recognize Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-4), certainly we
will recognize those we have known in this life.

Heaven will be a place of endless, joyous, exciting activity. We will
worship the Lord Jesus Christ singing, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power” (Rev. 4:11),
with samples of 14 songs of praise given in the book of Revelation. We will serve our God (Revelation 22:3) and
have delightful fellowship with the people of God (Hebrews 12:23) throughout eternity.

Heaven is the absence of
everything repulsive, disgusting, broken, wretched, frustrating and painful. It is the presence of everything delightful, joyous,
beautiful, pleasant and thrilling.

Amazingly, all of this is free because it has been paid for by the sacrifice of our Savior
and is now offered as “the gift of God” (Romans 6:23).