Visions of heaven

While we're in this broken world, we can hold on to the truth of God’s word and the hope of perfect peace and love we will one day experience in heaven. 

If you’ve seen any bit of news at all recently, you’ve likely read stories that suggest this world is in a perilous state. The war in Ukraine, inflation and increased violence happening even in non-war countries are enough to make anyone want to hide in a corner. The news will tell you everything you probably don’t want to know. It’s a trainwreck — difficult to look at but hard to turn away from.

Watching these stories makes us long for a better place. 

On a side note, I recently watched an interesting documentary called “A Case for Heaven,” based on the book by Lee Strobel. It sets out to prove that heaven is indeed a real place to which Christians look forward to going someday. The movie discusses many viewpoints, but the part of the documentary in which I took particular interest was the interviews of people who have had near death experiences.

Some of the interviewees were Christians at the time of their experience and some were not, so their stories were not completely similar. But the commonality was that they met someone they believed to be Jesus and felt a powerful sense of love as He drew near to them. 

Whether you believe in near death experiences or not, those people clearly saw something that could not be explained. At the very least, they had difficulty finding the words to convey what they went through. And nearly all of them believed they found the hope of heaven.

While I truly wish this world could get its act together enough so we would have harmony, I know it will never be the case because the Bible tells us so.

While we’re in this broken world, we can hold on to the truth of God’s word and the hope of perfect peace and love we will one day experience in heaven. 

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:17-18, emphasis mine).

Amy Hacker

Amy Hacker is a regular contributor to The Rope. She also is creative services associate for The Alabama Baptist/TAB Media. She attends the Church of the Highlands and has three children.

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