What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. "Heaven" will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth. If you've always thought of Heaven as a realm of disembodied spirits, clouds, and eternal harp strumming, you're in for a wonderful surprise. his is a book about real people with real bodies enjoying close relationships with God and each other, eating, drinking, working, playing, traveling, worshiping, and discovering on a New Earth. Earth as God created it. Earth as he intended it to be.
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Randy Alcorn has probably written one of the most extensive books on the subject of Heaven in print. An epic tome at 500 pages, it not only examines some of the traditional views of Heaven given to us throughout Church history, but suggests more of a â€œphysicalityâ€ to Heaven than many other evangelicals have been willing to admit. One of the strengths of Randyâ€™s book is taking Scripture literally whenever at all possible, and trying to take our hope of Heaven out of the realm of what he has termed â€œChristoplatonismâ€--the mixing of Greek Platonic thought with Biblical theology.
Randy thinks, and rightfully so, that often our conception of Heaven is too heavenly minded and â€œspiritualâ€ than is Biblically warranted. He brings out the fact that we will be in physical resurrection bodies, like the one Jesus appeared to His disciples in, and that while we do â€œgo to Heaven when we dieâ€ (according to Randy, an intermediate state), we return with Jesus when he comes back to establish the New Heavens and the New Earth, which is Randyâ€™s â€œHeaven.â€ While, to his credit, he takes the verses literally that talk about the destruction of the earth, he also holds out the glorious hope of a â€œNew Heaven and New Earth wherein dwells righteousness.â€
The one criticism I have is that the book probably could have 100 pages less. However, I felt that Randy did an excellent job in helping me to â€œset my affection on things above and not on things on the earth,â€ and he definitely made Heaven something to look forward to and took it out of the realm of the ethereal and the mysterious and put it into the realm of the true Paradise that it will be.
Because explicit teaching on the nature of Heaven is sparse in the Bible, Randy was forced, as all teachers on Heaven, to throw in some conjecture and opinion on what some things will be like: In our new bodies how old will we appear? Will we eat and drink on the New Earth? Will we still be able to learn more and know better, and what will our daily lives be like? He even does his speculation with a reverence for the Scriptures and the character of God. I highly recommend â€œHeaven.â€
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