Mar 20, 2017 by Will Maule

10 Reasons EVERY Christian Should Believe In Heaven

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.” (John 3:13). No one knows a place like a native. Jesus told the dying thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43).  So, wherever we go when we die, it’s a paradise."

2. Scripture consistently teaches the existence of Heaven.
""We must not let people get by with saying the Old Testament knew nothing of Heaven. “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” said David in everyone’s favorite psalm. Or this one: “As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake” (Psalm 17:15). Job said, “My Redeemer liveth and at last shall stand upon the earth; yet even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes shall see and not another” (Job 19:25-27)."

3. I believe in Heaven because I believe in earth.
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 in the day and frigid at night, those covered with acidic clouds or endless hurricanes–and if someone told us about earth, with its steadiness, its atmosphere, its lovely scenery and its plant life and the richness of its minerals and a thousand other delights, we would find it hard to believe. And yet here it is. We are residents of this amazing planet. We take the earth in stride because it’s all we know. But it is truly the gem of the universe."

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 living, but is the land of the dying.  The “land of the living” is just over the next ridge, immediately following our final breath here. Jesus said, “Because I live, you too shall live.” Who among us has not grieved at the thought of never seeing a precious loved one again, as we have left the cemetery.  The alternative to faith is despair."

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, otherwise there is no justice in the universe. And I believe in justice. So I have to believe in Heaven."

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 matter, and that improving life on Earth is just so much arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Those who say such are wrong, their thinking unbiblical, their teachings misleading.  We have great responsibilities here in this life, and it’s not just to get people to (ahem) “pray the sinner’s prayer” so they can go to heaven. We were commissioned to make disciples, a far bigger thing."

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 residue of the creation. The God who made us created us with a longing for Himself and a satisfaction in nothing less. When we get to Heaven, we will finally be satisfied, but not until then. “I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake” (Psalm 17:15). “I go to prepare a place for you,” said our Lord. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3)."

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