By Editorial Staff
Published April 8, 2008
By Francis Anfuso
“I don’t believe in heaven – Why should someone believe in what we cannot see or hasn’t personally experienced?”
“Just because another person is convinced about something, does not mean that I have to agree with him.”
“People talk about Heaven, but no one can prove to me that it exists – until I know for sure, I’m not going to accept it.”
Many people have strong reasons as to why they don’t believe in Heaven. We all have the freedom to accept whether or not it exists.
I am sure that each of us has heard of people who have had “out of the body experiences,” in which their physical bodies either came precariously close to deaths, or actually even died. When they returned to being physically conscious, they reported incredible experiences in another dimension. Many have insisted that they went to Heaven or Hell for a brief but live changing period of time. We each certainly have the right to accept or reject their reports, but the frequency and similarity of these experiences make us wonder.
In a similar way, we all have the privilege of rejecting the idea of Heaven, but we also should be open to consider why hundred of millions of people on this earth believe it exists.
Let’s consider some of the reasons why people believe in Heaven. One reason is because the Bible says it exists (2 Cor. 5:1; 1 Pet. 1:4). More copies of the Bible are published every year than any other book. Those who have taken the time to read it with an open mind have found it to be 100% accuate.
The Bible said that the world was suspended in space more than 2,000 years before scientists found out it was (Job 26:7). Another reason why people believe in Heaven is because Jesus said it existed (Matt. 5:3,12,20). He claimed to be the creator of the universe, and so He certainly would have known what He created (John 1:1,3; Heb. 1:8,10).
You might say, “I don’t believe in the Bible or in what Jesus said, so neither would affect me.” Then consider this if you will. I am one of those millions of people who knows Heaven exists because I have a personal relationship with the God who created the whole universe, including Heaven. I’m not saying that in a boastful way, because I don’t deserve to know Him. But because He reached into my life and gave me a wonderful communication with Him, I now believe what the Bible says and what Jesus said, that there is definitely a Heaven.
Though I cannot convince you that there is a Heaven, the one who convinced me can. I sincerely wanted to know God, if He existed, and so I asked Him to reveal Himself to me. He did it in such a personal way that I was completely persuaded that He was very much alive. Since that day, over 12 years ago, I have continued to have a daily communication with Him.
Now if all this sounds crazy to you, I can completely understand. For over seven years I didn’t believe in God or in Heaven. But when I was 23 years old, I came to know Him personally. All I said was this: “Jesus, I don’t know if you are who man says you are, but if you are, come into my life and do for me what you’ve done for him.” Because I was sincere, He did exacly what I asked Him to do. I encourage you to do the same and I assure you He will reveal Himself to you in a very special way.
Glad Tidings, P.O. Box 16100
South Lake Tahoe, CA 95706
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » Apologetics
Your comments are welcome!
“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Running time: 105 minutes
Special offer: Order 5 or more for $5 each.
Watch a clip from Martin Luther.
$9.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Special Two-Disc Set!
After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
$49.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)