Paul Wilson (23 Feb 2013)
"Heaven and the
One thing the irritates me is so many believers stifle
discussion of heaven by saying “it is beyond human
comprehension” or “it is beyond anything we can imagine” or the
old standard “eye hath not seen nor has it entered into the
heart of man the things which God hath prepared for him” and
then expect people to get all excited about being raptured to
heaven. Excuse me how can I get excited about going to a place I
have no way of knowing anything about????
The biggest problem I see is people use the “eye hath not
seen....” verse incorrectly because they stop the sentence at
the end of the verse BEFORE the end of of the thought. the 2nd
half says that it has been revealed to us by his spirit. So yes
eye has not seen BUT God has revealed it to us.
If you were going to be moving you and your family to a new city
or even a new country would you tell them “we can’t possible
know what is there but I want you really excited about moving
there”??? or that “it is useless to speculate about things that
are there we will just have to find out when we arrive but get
excited”???? NO! You would find out using travel brochures and
books what is there. (Take for instance if moving from Maine to
Florida you probably would wand to know how cold it get there so
you know what heavy clothes you need rather then pack up the
heavy winter gear and arrive and find out the lowest temp is in
the low 50’s. You might want to give away that snow sled rather
then haul it down and find out the only place you could possible
us it would be the beach and you would look pretty stupid doing
so. While we don’t have clothes to pack or sleds to worry about
we still should look into where we are going and learn what we
Well we have a wonderful brochure from the mayor of our new city
and king of our new land that give some details about where we
are going it is called the bible and he is more than willing to
discuss with you if you call him up and ask. In fact some good
additional brochures have be written by people using the
original brochure – the bible – as their guide and relying on
guiding from the Holy Ghost. So shouldn’t we be reading these
brochures/books rather then trying to tell people to look
forward to a place they can’t imagine and know nothing about??
I realize some might point out that going to a surprise place
can be exciting, well yes although more so for children then for
adults, but which do you think would excite a child more: being
told ‘we are going to a surprise fun place tomorrow that you
will really love’ or ‘we are going to Disney World tomorrow’???
I think the kids would be more excited by knowing where they are
going then just a general description of ‘a surprise fun place’.
I recommend “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn as a wonderful resource as
he give you the scripture to support what he says.
I would avoid books that are recounting supposed visits to
heaven or the NJ mainly because most have scriptural problems
with them and often contradict each other on several points.