Evangelism: “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness” – according to google’s definition.
Heaven and earth are both important in God’s plan for people- eternal life starts now!
As far as I understand it means the sharing of our hope in Christ with others, so they can know Him, and his Father, now and experience His power and Spirit in their lives immediately, as well as knowing Him in paradise for all eternity afterwards. Continue reading →
Just lately I’ve been thinking of hell- it’s terrifying: the idea of never knowing peace or relief from pain. I can see why annihilationism is so tempting: the idea that it does not go on for ever, the idea that death is just an end for those souls who reject God and his salvation through Jesus Christ. I really wanted to become an annihilationist when I thought about hell. I don’t mean thought intellectually about it, but just thought about what it would be like, what it would feel like. Body and soul are destroyed (Matthew 10:28), but as Mark 9:42-50 makes clear this is not a clean-cut absolute end as “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’” Furthermore, if any part of you causes you to sin, Jesus says “It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell” (and gives other examples). In other words, no amount of discomfort in this life is worth the pain of hell, even a lifetime of difficulty and pain does not compare. On the plus side, “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17), which coming from a man who had suffered as Paul had, shows that Heaven will plentifully compensate us for any pain encountered on earth, even a death for trusting in Jesus (my wife has been going through Revelation). And thank God that it is He who judges and directs the affairs of both Heaven and Hell! We can know safety and Peace in His saving plan (John 3:16-18)! Continue reading →
Recently my wife found this excellent website: http://www.akiane.com. It has pictures drawn and painted by a child prodigy, Akiane. I would heartily recommend having a look: see her “Prince of Peace” for example…
…If you made it back from that link (and I don’t blame you if you didn’t), many of her pictures put me in mind of Heaven. Many of them have themes like hopefulness or goodness of some kind, along with being actually beautiful, (as contrasted with the infamous “unmade bed” of modern art). I think one of the things Christians have to do is really get excited about Heaven. Indeed, historically, those with their “heads in the clouds” often had more of an impact on earth, where they kept their “feet on the ground” and spent their lives glorifying God.
Here are just some of the ideas that give us an inkling of what Heaven is… Continue reading →
The Bible clearly backs both of these points of view. Therefore it is imperative that we exclude neither. But how to do so, when they seem so opposed? Are they? And why are both included in scripture? How essential are they? Continue reading →