Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell
There’s an age old question that people have debated since the beginning of time. People want to really know if there actually is a heaven and a hell. And, it’s a very valid question. After all, who wants to be bamboozled into believing something that simply is not true. Being fooled into a false belief can really make a person feel used and degraded.
People of differing faiths might claim different “experiences”, but, that can’t count as proof. We just can’t verify the reality of their experience. So, we’re still clueless and it feels troublesome. That’s why the debate continues today.
We need proof from a trustworthy eyewitness. Our whole source needs to be trustworthy. We need to be fair minded in judging the validity of the “eyewitness”, because, if we aren’t, there’s no sense in saying anything one way or the other.
The “eyewitness” to be considered is Jesus. Why Him? He is the trustworthy eyewitness because He is the Savior that was prophesied all throughout the Old Testament by many different prophets over thousands of years. Those prophesies described intricate details of His birth, suffering, death, and resurrection.
There is absolutely no way anyone could have faked the fulfillment of all those prophecies. Because Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecies, we should conclude that He is the promised Savior. Because He is our Lord and Savior, He is sinless and can only speak the truth. He can speak the truth because He is God in the flesh.
So, we listen to His witness in Matthew. The Sadducees taught that there is no heaven or hell, so they were trying to trap Jesus with their line of thinking. The Pharisees taught that there is a heaven and hell, but they could not really say why they believed that. So, here’s Matthew 22:23-33.
On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Him and questioned Him, saying, ‘Teacher, Moses said, “If a man dies, having no children, his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife, and raise up an offspring to his brother.”
Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother; so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. And last of all, the woman died.
In the resurrection therefore whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all had her.’
But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? God is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
Jesus quoted Exodus 3:6 in His reply, which was in regard to when God identified Himself to Moses in the burning bush.
Throughout scripture, the “dead” refer to the spiritually dead and the “living” are those who put their faith in the Lord.
What is so marvelous is that God teaches us so much throughout the Bible, but quite a bit of the time, we don’t know how to pick up on it. Neither the Pharisees nor Sadducees knew how to back up their “feelings” or doctrines about heaven and hell. They just continually debated it and allowed their feelings to divide them into two different sects.
Because Jesus is God and obviously knows what He is teaching throughout scripture, we can be assured that His word on this subject is reality.
So, the next questions is, how should we be applying this truth to our lives? What sort of difference should this truth make within us?
As we consider God’s love for each and every one of us, we can say, “Hallelujah! God proves His word.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.