What makes heaven heaven? This article answers in no uncertain terms that heaven means being with Jesus Christ.
The goal of this paper is to weigh in the light of Scripture the best arguments set forth by annihilationists, those such as John Stott who argue that we should understand the Bible literally when it speaks of the damned as "perishing" or suffering "destruction." Stott assumes that these words speak of annihilation.
What happens between death and the resurrection? What happens when a Christian or an unbeliever dies? This article answers those questions by looking at Scripture's teaching on the intermediate state. Exploring the meaning of death for a Christian and the separation of body and soul, the author gives hope to those who rest in Christ. Judgment day is a day they can look towards with courage.
What is heaven? Heaven is where God is, and where God is there is happiness and unending worship.
This is the fourth of six articles about the intermediate state, death, and what happens when Christians die. This article maintains that after death believers have uninterrupted covenant communion with Jesus Christ. Christians must guard this doctrine under the threat of naturalism and modernism.The article also looks at the idea of soul sleep.
What will be your identity in heaven? This article speaks of the continuity between this life and the next.
This volume is about Christian hope. Part of the Christian hope is heaven. The promise of an afterlife in heaven places our lives in a larger context, to fix us to a firm foundation. Bierma takes a look at the reasons why hope for the afterlife is not a heartfelt reality in our daily walk. Part of the answer can be found in misrepresentations people have about heaven and afterlife and Christ’s return, like the rapture.
Chapter 2 addresses man’s ill-motivated interest in heaven, angels, and the afterlife. Much of this interest flows from gullible superstition, Gnosticism, occultism, or New Age philosophies. The author examines popular claims to near-death experiences, including Todd Burpo’s claims to being a visitor to heaven.
What is heaven and what might it be like? Heaven is often associated with the life hereafter. In chapter 1 of this book, the author attempts to explain why every major religion and every significant culture in human history has had some notion of heaven or “paradise.” Different names are used: nirvana, Elysium, Valhalla, Utopia, Shangri-La, etc.
This article argues the case that we will recognize each other in heaven, given the post-resurrection appearances of Christ and the words of the apostle Paul.
In continuation of this topic, the author now examines Scripture texts that present firm evidence for a separate state of the soul immediately after death. In doing so, the author also refutes other explanations that have been provided to argue against the separate state.