Imagine There’s No Heaven – It’s Easy If You Try

First, I ask that you please pray this week, as we are with our youth in Colorado Springs, CO, for the Desperation Youth Conference!

Second, make sure to read David’s thoughts today and the rest of ours every day over at Proverbial Thought!

John Lennon offered this atheistic approach to life in the song “Imagine” that there is no Heaven … nor Hell, for that matter.

I am going to argue why he was right and wrong!

For starters, I must put this disclaimer: no one living on Earth truly understands Heaven and Hell.

I would even argue that most people on this planet are almost completely wrong on their beliefs on Heaven and Hell, including pastors, priests, and other clergy.

I am not going to get into a long list that dives deep into all of the theology of Heaven and Hell.

Why John was wrong

For starters, there indeed is a spiritual realm. For anyone who believes as an atheist, at the very least you have to acknowledge that there is a realm of reality which we cannot see and we know has an effect on our universe. We just argue that the spiritual realm is such a place.

Again, this is not where I dive into the deeply theological parts of this. Though, here are a few places in which we know something else exists:

Why John was right

We hear many Christians talking about spending eternity in Heaven or Hell.

Quite honestly, as they seem to be understood in at least our Western culture, I do not think so.

If you go with the definition of Heaven as “with God” and Hell as “not with God,” then I concede and concur with you.

However, many Christians see Heaven as the place we go to be with God when we die if we believed in Him, and Hell is the place we go to not be with God when we die if we did not or refused to believe in Him. Most Christians agree that eventually God will ultimately judge all the people, the living and the dead, at some point in what we call the future.

(Disclaimer: I hold to the Revelation of John being a prophecy that, while some things may have come true, has largely yet to take place. If you disagree, we can have that conversation later!)

Here is the thing: God will one day make His home among His people on a renewed Earth, and all those who reject Him will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20).

As it stands, nothing as it is will exist:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Revelation 21:1-5

Perhaps you can understand now why I say John Lennon can be right.

I am not an Universalist, and I am not claiming to be an Annihilationist, but I do not believe everyone will be in “Hell” for eternity. Again, what this really means is for another discussion. However, the places we tend to call Heaven and Hell, as evidenced in the Scripture above, will no longer be.

Are there any thoughts on this?

  1. Heaven will be on earth, that is correct. However, after the final judgement those who have chosen to remove themselves from the love of God will hate God to such a degree that I’d say it is absolute, though not in degree to Lucifer.

    • catholicboyrichard
    • July 11th, 2012

    I am praying and will continue to do so…we truly must be “desperate for God.”

    • catholicboyrichard
    • July 11th, 2012

    Do you take the “God Wins” view of Rob Bell? Or am I mistaking your thought process here? Just asking.

    • Absolutely not! I am merely pointing out that we generally do not understand Heaven and Hell, and Scripture states that they will not exist (at least as they are). Hell will essentially be destroyed, and all those who have rejected God will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Heaven and Earth will essentially become one place, for God will dwell with His people!

        • catholicboyrichard
        • July 12th, 2012

        Agreed. I thought so. Just making sure!

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