August 6, 2016

Read John 14:1-6

I recently found an article online that reported general statistics about people’s belief in heaven. Honestly, I don’t really think about Heaven all that often. While reading this article, I was surprised to find that only 86% of Protestants believe in heaven (and only 75% believe in hell).  While I may not spend much time thinking about heaven, I certainly believe it exists. I was also surprised to see that 37% percent of “unaffiliated” Americans (atheist, agnostic, other) actually believe in heaven. It is clear that in America, we are surrounded by both Christians and non-Christians whose beliefs about heaven are misguided.

Scripture is clear that both heaven and hell exist.  At the beginning of John 14, Jesus tells his disciples about his father’s house, and that he will be preparing a place for them. This is just one of many scriptures that mention heaven. But, even more importantly, Jesus tells us that he is the only way to get to God in heaven.  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father accept through him. 

The good news, literally the gospel, is that Jesus came and died for all of our sins.  Heaven is real, and, unfortunately, so is hell, but through Jesus, we have the promise of eternal life with God in heaven.