Chapter 5 Why I Believe In Heaven

D James Kennedy begins with answering this question with a scientific law. The first law of thermodynamics states that energy or matter cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change form. Therefore, he says it shows that nothing ceases to exist including man. I find this idea interesting, but not convincing. Atheists might argue that the boyd of the man is no different than the body of an animal and in that sense, the body matter changes form in the same way.
His second point is the evidence of plants in nature. The example of the rose bush that dies over winter only to come to life again in spring. This idea is also interesting, but I do not think gives proof. A person who believes in reincarnation could use this same arguement and still have no belief in heaven.
His third point has more value. The idea of heaven and eternity is univeral across cultures, religions, continents, and time. Why does mankind have a universal longing and intuition about eternity?
Ecclesiates 3:11, “He (God) also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds, a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy….”
As Christians, we know that Jesus has promised us eternity with Him….
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 10: 28, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.”
But, the greatest evidence for eternal life and heaven is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! AND, He promised that we would one day be together with Him!
Revelation 1:18, Jesus said, “Iam He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore.”
John 6:57, Jesus said, “Because I live, you will live also.”
John 14:2, “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, for I am going away to prepare a place for you.”
Revelation 1:18, “(Jesus is) the Ever-living One (I am living in the eternity of the eternities). I died, but see, I am alive forevermore…”
That is evidence and brings great hope to the believer and follower of Jesus, but what about those who doubt the resurrection?
Those who doubt need to examine the evidence for the resurrection. Yes, there is plenty of evidence! Dr. Simon Greenleaf, Professor of Law at Harvard, was one of the greatest authorities on legal evidence that the world has ever known. He determined to examine the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus under the same critical guidelines as any legal search. On page 66, Kennedy writes, “He came to the conclusion that the evidence was so overwhelming that in any unbiased courtroom in the world it would be declared to be an historical fact.”
If you would like to learn some of these many evidences for the resurrection of Jesus, I have read two excellent books I think you will find to be very, very good! There is solid logical reason to why we believe, and not all just a “leap of faith”.
“The Case for the Resurrection” by Lee Stroebel
“Evidence for the Resurrection” by Josh McDowell
Lastly, Kennedy brings up a more current form of evidence for heaven and eternity. Advancements in medicine and technology have now made it possible to resuscitate some people whose bodies have actually died. Some of these people share experieces of heaven and hell. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Dr. Raymond Moody are psychiatirsts who examined over 500 of these people. These people claim to have floated out of their bodies at the point of death. Many could later describe what was happening while they were floating above their body, including descriptions of people they had never met previously. Some describe moving towards light, peace, and joy. Others become surrounded by darkness, fear, and immense pain.
Forever is an unimmaginably long time. It should be everyone’s priority to search these things out and examine the evidence, before it is too late.
I am so thankfuo that my Savior, Yeshua Jesus,. has made the way for me that I might be with Him throughout the eternity of eternities! He rules a perfect and good kingdom!

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