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A Word of Encouragement from our Director of Missions
The book Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo is “a little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back.” Todd is the author and father of Colton, the four year old. The book, published in 2010, has now become a movie in 2014, and is exciting many in and outside the church. We are an intrigued lot when it comes to after life experiences.
I have not read this book nor seen the movie. But I have read THE BOOK (Bible) and several reviews by conservative theologians of Heaven Is For Real. Most recently, I have read The Glory of Heaven, The Truth About Heaven, Angels and Eternal Life by John MacArthur. MacArthur gives a very clear, biblical perspective on the subject—a perspective that I am much more inclined to believe than that which is portrayed by Colton Burpo’s experience.
In all the interest in what heaven will be like, the general public is left with the notion that everyone who is a half-way decent person will go there—even (or especially) a four year old. Little or nothing is said about what it takes to get there, besides physical death. Without judging little Colton's dream, we can quickly turn to scripture and clearly determine two things:
(1) Heaven is real, not because someone (anyone) has been there and back but because the Bible says heaven is real.
(cf. Matthew 6:1; Luke 6:23; John 3:13).
(2) There is only one way for any person to get there. Jesus!
(cf. John 14:1-6)
So, no matter what heaven looks like or is like, it is where God dwells and the place from which Jesus came and to which He has descended. With our personal faith in Him alone, we can join Him there when we die—really die—permanently die. Without trusting Christ alone, we have no assurance at all that we will go to heaven. Rather than focusing our attention on whether or not heaven is real, let’s just take God at His word and prepare to join Him there.
Encouragingly Yours, Russell R. Cook