Where do we go when we die? sorry, no passage link for this
- The current understanding of heaven is not appealing (24/7 worship?–>endless boring tedium)
- Life without a goal is life without a purpose
- “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
- If our minds are not set on heaven, we won’t live life on Earth according to what God wants
- Heaven: dwelling place of God
- The difference between “house” and “home” is who resides there
- A heaven without God is no heaven at all.
- We tend to see God as a killjoy
- What makes our heart melt? What restores our faith in humanity? All these things were created by God. God created excitement, happiness, and pleasure. There is a present (temporary) heaven and a future (permanent) heaven.
- When we die right now, we go to present heaven first. When you are in present heaven, you are cognizant of everything you did in your life.
- Paradise is synonymous to present heaven
- Martyrs have a special place in heaven
- Martyrs can speak to God and request things
I feel bad that I cannot provide you with a passage that’ll offer context to what I am saying, below is a song from an album that carried me through the lowest points of my junior year (remind me to tell you about that if you are curious– it’ll take a while to explain and it’s a bit complicated and heavy so probably better for a one-on-one when we have a lot of time)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13:44-46 (The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl)
- Unless your concept of Heaven is biblical, your idea of Heaven is nothing more than just a figment of your imagination.
- Our idea of Heaven should scare us (playing harps for eternity? A never-ending church service? –> it will bore us)
- It isn’t good news if the only news is that you get to escape hell (is that our only other option?)
- When Jesus preached for the first time He said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
- Just in the Gospels, Jesus mentions the “Kingdom of God” 53 times and “kingdom of heaven” 36 (?) times
- Myth breaker #1: 99.999% chance that we will spend time in heaven on Earth (no being teleported up into the skies) No idea what I wrote here– probably was falling asleep as I was writing down this bullet point at the time
- 1 Corinthians 15:14-19
- If Christ had not been raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain
- IS JESUS REAL? DID THE RESURRECTION OCCUR?
- Cornelius Tacitus: Roman senator, historian
- wrote Annals (discusses Christ’s crucifixion)
- Flavius Josephus: Jew, respected among scholars today, wrote Antiquities (James, brother of Jesus was crucified)
- Caius Suetonious Tranquillus: powerful individual, keeper of the library
- discusses banishment of Jews from Rome and how Christ was their leader
Arguments for Resurrection:
- Empty tomb- Jesus told everyone he would rise again and Pharisees were aware of this so they asked for Pontius Pilate to allow a Roman guard unit to be posted 24 hours around the clock at the tomb
- A Roman guard unit has minimum of four people who are extremely diligent because their punishment for failure is crucifixion upside down
- Post-Resurrection Appearance: He appeared to disciples, apostles, and 500 other people (at the same time, which sparked the Christian movement)
- Christians were being persecuted at this time (death), so people had no logical reason to profess their faith
- atheists need to come up with a reason as to why there was an explosion of Christianity at a time when no one had an incentive to be a Christian
- Martyrdom of the disciples (only disciple who wasn’t killed was John, and would you ever die for something that you know is a lie?/ the 11 who died were killed in different parts of the world)
*Dr. Simon Greenleaf–> The Testimony of the Evangelist