Heaven and Hell: Are They Real?
Christopher D. Hudson
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It can be said that the words “heaven” and “hell” are thrown around flippantly these days. It seems they have become part of our vernacular without much thought or concern about what they really mean.
The reality of heaven and hell is a hotly-debated topic spurring countless conversations, books, and sermons. It’s fashionable to have an opinion about the reality of heaven and hell, but what does the Bible really say? Heaven and Hell: Are They Real? discusses what Scripture really says about these mysterious places, giving you real, solid, reliable information. The book includes scripture quotes that capture the current interest in the reality of heaven and hell, while offering readings on heaven and hell. Also included are quotes and insights from trusted authors including Billy Graham, Randy Alcorn, C.S. Lewis, and more. For the curious reader looking for more information on heaven and hell, Heaven and Hell: Are they Real? is the perfect choice.
- Readings on heaven and hell
- Questions for digging deeper
- Additional content from trusted contemporary and ancient scholars
- Scripture from the NIV
unimaginably different. It will also mean we will spend our time in eternity doing much of the same things we do now. Isaiah 65 gives us a glimpse into this future, saying in heaven-on-earth we will “build houses and dwell in them; [we] will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.” This means we’ll create things, enjoy our labor, and have really big feasts! Ultimately, though—and this where the best part comes in—we will spend eternity doing what the heavenly creatures around God’s throne are doing
earth that many people have experienced. We know from the Bible that heaven will not contain any sorrow or pain. And although we do not have the answer about what we will remember, we can rest assured that memories that were once painful will no longer be so. God promises to remove every tear from our tear ducts and every trauma from our minds. FOR FURTHER THOUGHT W H Y CA N’T W E UNDER S TA ND HE AV EN? for Christians is the fulfilling of the plan of God’s ultimate kingdom and the knowledge
the newness of life and joyful obedience to Him. From child to child, that precise age varies. It is the “condition” that counts, not a calendar. Some children, of course, never reach such a level of maturation. They are mentally impaired to the point that they are forever locked into thinking as a young child thinks—we might say they “have the mind of a five-year-old” or they are “like a child” in their mental capacities related to reasoning, remembering, or making moral choices. Their bodies
Salvation,” in Robin A. Parry and Christopher H. Partridge, Universal Salvation?: The Current Debate (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004), 68–69. Th is reading is supported by the conclusion of the book of Isaiah, which depicts two groups of people, those on God’s side and those who remain against Him: “[A]ll flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord. And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fi re shall
SUS TOLD A BOU T HELL? WHAT ARE SOME STORIES JESUS TOLD ABOUT HELL? 187 00-01_Heaven and Hell.indd 187 12/4/13 1:02 AM HEAVEN & HELL HELL AS A CHOICE suffering. How often do we ignore the suffering of others? How much do we live for ourselves and ignore the needs of others in the world around us? The parable presents interesting ethical and moral dilemmas. How do we spend our days? How do we respond to the needs and suffering of others? What impact does our response have on our lives? In