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Heaven?

I have already tried to verbalise some aspects of Heaven at http://www.askoldcoot.info/2010/04/02/the-nature-of-heaven/ but those vague ramblings did not really address a major concern.

Why does the Bible not tell us what Heaven is like?

There is a wealth of information about the torments that await us in Hell so, is this simply confirmation that the Bible is really designed for money-making by evil priests? When you think about it, priests also wax lyrical about eternal damnation but become tongue-tied if you ask them about Heaven. Face it, people might not pay to go to Heaven but they sure would pay hugely NOT to go to Hell!

Christians of all denominations have very little to say about what we can expect when we die. In http://www.askoldcoot.info/2012/03/04/souls/ I demonstrated how the Bible confirms that we do not have a soul that survives death, so what else is there to go to Heaven (or Hell) when we die?

Naturally, pragmatists will simply say that we go out, like lights – the end!

This seems so pointless if, indeed, we were created – but that is mainly because we cannot handle the possibility that we will cease to exist one day. Mankind has a long history of creating things and discarding them so why should not God, in whose image we are supposed to have been made, not do the same?

One of the more infantile arguments put forward is that, because we are self aware, we cannot die completely. The fact that we think of ourselves as “I” (as in God who is the great “I am”) does not give any guarantee that “I” will survive death.

I have raised this question about the nature of Heaven with many people but nobody can tell me what it is.

Does anybody have ANY idea at all or do we become solipsists at death and create our own Heaven?

1 comment to Heaven?

  • Dave aka Old Potlicker

    I sure do not have answer and have never met anyone else who can shed more light than you or me. But here is my take. If there is a life after this one….good. I also cannot warm up to a God who would want to throw one of his creation into a lake of fire and brimstone. We do better than that here on earth for the most part. Most religion is based on guilt and fear. The Muslim religion does offer you 76 virgins however it mysifies me where God is going to find enough of them. Now if there is no life after this there will be no awareness. So we will not even know we ever existed. Much like the process we go through every night. I therefore just simply trust in the power that made me. I came into this world without my concent. I expect I will leave it the same way.

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