A while ago, I posted some reflections here. This was my attempt to square our common understanding with the nature of heaven with what I saw in the biblical account. There were some amazing, and some frustrating responses to this post. If you care for the gory details, I shared them in this post.
My good friend and pastor, Marty, just shared some information that I find fascinating. It’s an interview with a well-known theologion who’s asking some of the same questions I was. For a much more coherent and sophisticated execution of what I was trying to explore, check this interview out.
As a result of the insights, conversations, and over-all iron-sharpening-iron that I’ve had the privilige to share in, these are a few things I’d like to add or emphasize…
#1) God is ridiculously over the top in love with us and plans only the best for us. What the afterlife is, whenever it occurs, we will be with Him and it will be amazing. Working out some of the details are at best irrelevant and at worst divisive and distracting.
#2) The strongest biblical case that can be made for the traditional view is based on the fact that Jesus says that we will be with him; he also says that he will be with the father; and the bible clearly states that God is in heaven. In my mind, this makes it a medium-sized jump to assume that all this will occur in heaven.
#3) It’s awesome to be supported by friends who know your heart.
#4) We all should be careful in assuming motivations in those we don’t know. It’s hurtful and divisive.
#5) Sometimes, in debates, it’s not really about the issues at all. People draw comfort from tradition and this is not a bad thing. When I’m questioning tradition I should weigh this discomfort with the importance of seeking truth.