I won’t be going to Heaven… The vicar did his best to answer my question, but in the end he said: "You’ll just have to wait and see when you get there." I appreciated his honesty, but it still left me wondering what would happen to me when I died. I’d asked how I could possibly appreciate ‘heaven’ if I did not have a body with eyes, a functioning mind, arms, legs and so on, to appreciate it with. The idea of some disembodied part of me floating off at death to a place beyond the skies had never struck me as a particularly thrilling prospect. What would I do there, in the clouds, for eternity, along with all the other ‘souls’ who had expired before me? Would we watch with interest what was going on ‘below’? Would we get on with one another? Perhaps I could have a bit of fun by haunting some ancient castle or scaring the life out of folk who’d given me grief in the past, like Miss Hull in Year 8 Chemistry? Surely, I thought, there had to be an answer to such a fundamental question? A few years later I found out what really happens after death and I recall the relief and delight I experienced when I learned that this world, created by God to be a joy to Him and His people, was the place for us to delight in for ever. The Old Testament clearly showed how death was a punishment (Genesis 3:17-19) and that there is no automatic transition to a new life ‘in heaven’. Just the opposite in fact: "For Sheol (the grave) cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth." (Isaiah 38:18 NKJV) What a further relief when I learned that the very idea of heaven-going isn’t even from the Bible but a Greek philosophy that infiltrated Christian dogma in the third century AD. Such beliefs were popular then. So, no ‘heaven-going soul’, but a never-ending life on this beautiful earth is something I can look forward to, (I Thessalonians 4:14,15) not an eternity of floating around in clouds. If you would like to read more on this topic of life after death, click these links to articles on our website: https://www.pershore-christadelphians.org/articles/2019/01/is-there-really-life-after-death_12.html https://www.pershore-christadelphians.org/articles/2011/04/heaven-hell-or-somewhere-else_25.html pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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