One of the main characters on one of the television dramas I watch died unexpectedly in the last episode. It was all extremely sad. It wasn’t so much the death, but the complete inability of those who stay to handle it. The problem is that none of them believe in heaven. If there is nothing after this life, then why are we here?
I don’t struggle much with believing in the after life. This world is so beautifully complex that it is easy for me to conceive that it was created. If it was created, this was done by one so wonderful that this world is a dim reflection of all that He is. I find the redemption story truly marvelous, but completely believable. It’s easy to see, if you look at all, that man is sinful. Only one of the characters in the television show believed in heaven and believed that the deceased must be there because he was a “good” man. The other, older characters knew better. He wasn’t “good” at all.
The biggest hurdle for most to a belief in heaven is a just reason for us to end up there. We don’t have to live many years before the basic evil of man is revealed. What is necessary is an understanding of the nature of God’s love and the beauty of His plan to make a way for us.
Many believe that it is naïve to expect a heaven. When finally convinced many remain naïve enough to think we will all just end up there. What’s necessary is enough courage to accept the truth of our sinfulness, the holiness of our God, and enough faith to accept the love of our creator. For that we need something special. We Christians just call it grace.
I understand there is a movie coming out soon, “Heaven is Real” I hope it’s real enough to convince people of the reality of heaven and honest enough to tell them how to get there.