Here are 4 myths that some people believe about heaven. What ones can you think of?
Harp Playing, Cloud Floating
I see this in almost every cartoon imaginable. If someone dies, they are transported immediately to heaven and end up playing a harp while sitting on the clouds. Nothing could be further from the truth and nothing sounds more boring than that. There is no doubt that heaven won’t be anything like that and I don’t believe we can even imagine just how amazing being in the kingdom of heaven will be like. There will be work to do, food to eat, people to rejoice with, God to be worshipped, and more than we can even dream about.
Heaven on Earth
Most people believe that when the kingdom comes, we’ll be up in heaven but the truth is, heaven comes down to earth as the New Jerusalem. If you read Revelation chapter 21 you can read about the New Jerusalem that is just so incredible that it can hardly be imagined. Really, heaven is anywhere that God is and being in the presence of God is going to be amazing enough.
Certainly we will be worshipping God and rejoicing in His presence, but from my understanding, for some there will be cities to rule (Luke 19:12-19) and we will be serving our Lord (Rev 22:3) and we are destined to reign with Christ as kings and priests (Rev 1:6; 5:10).
Not like the Angels
Jesus once said that “in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Matt 22:30) which some misconstrue to mean that we’ll be like or become angels. I don’t know why or where this myth ever got started. In fact we will actually judge the angels (1 Cor 6:3).
One pastor I read about said that “Whenever I think about heaven, it makes me depressed. I’d rather just cease to exist when I die.” Why? Because he imagined that he be floating around on the clouds, strumming his harp for all time and he’d be bored to death. This pastor needs to read his Bible. Heaven will be so much more than we can ever imagine. It will be off-the-charts exciting, challenging, joyous, and indescribable, which is why I can’t even describe it. I can’t wait to meet many of you there someday because I believe that will be one of the greatest joys in the New Jerusalem…meeting all of those brothers and sisters in Christ who I’ve never met. I cannot wait for that…plus we can finally see Jesus face to face. What’s better than that!?
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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