In this, the last post based on questions from Facebook, we’ll address the question, “Is there a heaven?” I did a little research on this question before writing this post, because I’ve never really thought about this particular question. Apparently, I’m not the only one. I looked in seven different theology books and five of my old philosophy textbooks and none of them directly address the existence of heaven. While it seems that not too many people think about whether or not heaven exists, a lot of people certainly consider hell. While I find it incredibly interesting that hell is more of a topic of speculation than heaven, that’s a different blog post. I’ll stick with heaven for this one.
At it’s root, the question appears to be focused on the evidence, or lack thereof, for heaven. This is very difficult for me because, in truth, I don’t have any hard evidence. I can’t point to heaven and say, “There it is!” I don’t have a well thought out and syllogism explain in unassailable logic how heaven must exits. It seems that Bono was right when he said in the song Walk On, heaven is a place that “has to be believed to be seen.” So instead of giving you something that I don’t have, I’ll tell you why I believe there is a heaven.
For me the issue boils down to one simple reality. I believe Jesus. Not only do I believe in Jesus. I believe Jesus. Jesus said there is a heaven, and I believe him. Jesus told his disciples that he was leaving them to prepare a place for them. In Christian theology, we refer to that place as heaven. To one of the men crucified next to him he said that he would see him that day in paradise. I believe that the paradise he was referring to is heaven.
There are many other references to heaven in the Bible. There are other places where Jesus specifically addresses what will happen to us after we die. So, I have a question for you. Do you believe Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus was truthful in the things he said regarding what happens after this life? If Jesus was truthful then there is a heaven.