The whole concept of heaven is a lot for us to get our heads around. How can this place truly exist - where there is no more pain, sin or suffering, and where we will reside with Christ forever. It sounds pretty unbelievable, right? Well, it is more feasible than you think, when you come to understand the greatness of our God. Joe McKeever at Crosswalk highlights 10 reasons why EVERY Christian should believe in heaven.
1. Jesus believed in Heaven.
"In fact, He claimed to be a native. The Lord said to Nicodemus, “No one has been to Heaven except the One who came from there, even the Son of Man.” (
2. Scripture consistently teaches the existence of Heaven.
3. I believe in Heaven because I believe in
It’s so wonderful. There is nothing else like it in the universe.
"Suppose we lived in some distant world and all we knew was the planets we have seen–the barren, rocky planets that are molten
4. There has to be a heaven to even up the earthly hell God’s most faithful sometimes endure for Jesus’ sake.
"Those of us who are “carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease,” to use Isaac Watts’ unforgettable image, have little idea of the price some have paid for their loyalty to Jesus Christ through the centuries. Many live under oppressive regimes in our day, punished for doing nothing more than meeting in someone’s living room to worship or giving a friend a Bible. I’m tempted to say “God owes them, big time,” but don’t want to be presumptuous or blasphemous. “God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love that you have shown toward His name in having ministered to the saints, and in still ministering” is how Hebrews 6:10 puts it. If God were not to reward the faithfulness of the most loyal, it would be sin on His part."
5. Every caterpillar/butterfly testifies to our heavenly future.
"Suppose we could inform that caterpillar crawling across a leaf of the glorious future just ahead of him (it?). Would that humble creature believe he (it) would someday have gorgeous wings and flit through the sky? So, why do we have such difficulty believing in the destiny God has planned for and promised to His own?"
6. I believe in Heaven because the alternative is despair.
"“I would have despaired had I not believed I would see the goodness of God in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). This world, by the way, is not the land of the
7. I believe in Heaven because some of the best people who ever lived believed in Heaven.
"Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. Corrie ten Boom. Billy Graham. My mama. My grandmother. Marguerite Briscoe. Maybelle Montgomery."
8. I believe in Heaven because I believe in hell.
"There has to be a hell. Otherwise, the Hitlers and Stalins have pulled a fast one and gotten off scot-free. After slaughtering untold millions, they paid for their misdeeds with their own death? Not hardly. The death of such a pip-squeak could not begin to compensate for the endless multitudes whose deaths they were responsible for. There has to be a hell,
9. I believe in Heaven because it’s a great incentive to responsible living and compassionate everything.
"Skeptics will point to the shallow sayings of some believers that for the Heaven-bound this world does not
10. I believe in Heaven because of reasons I’m yet to discover.
"There is so much more. As some have said, we are “hard-wired” to believe in God and likewise in Heaven. I willingly accept that and see it as