Sunday, March 01, 2009

God is Imaginary: #18 "Imagine Heaven"

Imagine Heaven.

The most imaginary thing in this reason is the sample conversation they've concocted.

However, their argument contains a great deal of truth: "Heaven is a fairy tale invented by human imagination. And each person's fairy tale is different."

The truth is summed up in 1 Corinthians 2:9: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him." Everyone will have a different conception, and everyone's conception will be wrong, for the simple fact that heaven is inconceivable and indescribable. (on that note, if you want my conception of it, see the last paragraph of this post).

In the main conversation, however, they are challenging the doctrine of the rapture, which Lutherans have rejected as an erroneous interpretation. I've discussed this previously in the second paragraph of this post.

Now, with regards to the meat of the sample conversation, the question of what exactly happens to our physical bodies at the last day is a matter of some conjecture. Romans 8:21 seems to indicate that the earth would be restored--a divine recycling as it were. Given that the physical creation is elsewhere described as entirely corrupt, liberating it from its decay would imply a new creation, a view which is supported by Revelation 21:1-4, 2 Peter 3:10-13 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. However, the exact sequence of events, and exactly what will happen, is neither relevant nor beyond God's power.

My conclusion, therefore, is that they have not proven that heaven is imaginary, merely that people imagine about heaven, because they do not yet have the reality of heaven.

Back to the Fifty Reasons.

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