Saturday, January 10, 2009

Heaven exists

A friend asked me if I believe in heaven—if there's really such a place.

"Yes," I said. No doubt about that.

"But nobody's ever come back from the dead and reported its existence," she said.

"In the same manner, nobody's ever come back and reported it doesn't exist," I said.

"Then how can you prove it?"

I paused, collected my thoughts, and briefly looked at the pocket Bible I laid on the table. "I believe in the Bible, and it says Heaven exists."

There was my proof.

Any philosopher would've dismissed me as stupid, but belief requires faith—not sight.

On my way home, I thought, "Surely those Christian martyrs didn't just die for nothing—they knew heaven existed and they were going there."

Heaven isn't a place where blue eyed angels in white robes play the harp nestling on a cloud. Heaven is what it is because it's where believers will fellowship with the Lord for eternity.

I'm going there when I die—and if you're not sure where you're headed, there is a way: Christ.

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  1. 12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

    1 Corinthians 15:12-19

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  2. Thanks for the reminder, Kuya! Swak ang verse!

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  3. Your 'argument' begs the question. Nay, it pleads for it. If the Christian martyrs' sacrifices are proof of the Christian heaven, then how about the sacrifice of the martyrs of other religion? And if the Bible is proof that the Christian heaven is the one true heaven and that it exists, then how about the Buddhist scriptures? The Koran? The Book of Mormon? The holy books of all the other religions?

    And what's worse is that you do not take the existence of the Evangelical Christian heaven as a very probable hypothesis. Instead, you treat it as absolute truth, unquestionable and unchallengeable. In that case, arguing with you is impossible because an argument is only fruitful if both sides of a debate are open to the possibility that they are wrong.

    Think about it this way: would science have progressed if scientists dogmatically held on to their pet theories? In short, would science be science if anything at all is taken in faith?

    Certainty is the refuge of the weak of heart.

    -Pecier C. Decierdo

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