by Pastor David Grey
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… (then) He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” — Revelation 21:1 and 5
The idea of Heaven is fascinating and not only to Christians. It’s actually one of the few universal human fascinations. Pretty much everybody thinks about heaven. Even if it’s your own made-up, private version of “heaven,” you think about it.
C.S. Lewis once described heaven as, “that remote music we’re born remembering.” He was referring to the fact that the whole human race seems to have a kind of deep memory of paradise lost, a faint but powerful awareness that there must be a better, different world than this one…a better world for which we were designed.
There has been a significant increase in the number of books about heaven in recent years. Many of them center upon personal experiences the authors claim to have had and I do not doubt that some of them are real. It would be just like God to give us glimpses of heaven for our encouragement and hope.
But we should remember that wherever truth is, the enemy will be active also. The Holy Spirit will give us discernment if we ask and trust Him for it. Yet we know from Scripture that Heaven is a very real place. Heaven is as real as New York City and Chicago and Fulton.
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