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I remember reading the story of a young boy who hated the idea of heaven. His Sunday school teachers were rather shocked and embarrassed by his insistence that he didn’t want to go there. When one of them finally had the good sense to ask him, “Why not?”  he responded, “I don’t like peas!” He had heard the familiar Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” with the lovely refrain ‘sleep in heavenly peace’ and thought it referred to the vegetable. Understandably, that didn’t appeal to him and he decided he’d rather not go.

This humorous story highlights the fact that there are many common misconceptions about heaven and the life hereafter. Here are just a few:  We won’t have anything to do. It won’t be fun. We will just sit on fluffy white clouds all day long strumming harps. We won’t have real bodies and we won’t eat real food. Nothing could be farther from the truth! In fact, the Bible paints a picture of heaven and the earth made new as vibrant and exciting places.

If you read the following travel brochure wouldn’t you want to go there? Destination – Heaven, the New Earth and points beyond. Free airfare – wings supplied! Bask in a perfect climate. Explore this virgin paradise never touched by crime, violence, pollution, sickness, pain or death. Stroll leisurely down streets of gold. Swim in crystal clear streams. Build your own mansion and plant your own food! Enjoy unlimited time to develop your gifts and talents. Experience the giant wild animal park without cages or fences – all the animals live in peace – including the two footed ones! Outstanding music! Meet God face to face – talk to your Creator in person. Hug Jesus and thank Him for making it possible for you to be there. Cost? All expenses paid!

No More Tears

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away' " (Revelation 21:1-4).

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