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pdf Ï Heaven author Randy Alcorn À Randy Alcorn What is Heaven really going to be like? What will we look like? What will we do? Won't Heaven get boring after a while?We all have uestions about what Heaven will be like and after 25 years of extensive research Dr Randy Alcorn has the answersIn the most comprehensive and definitive book on Heaven to date Randy invites you to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it a bright vibrant and physical New E Have to say this book was largely a 476 page exercise in begging the uestion Alcorn begins by assuming that the New Jerusalem of Revelation and the New HeavensNew Earth of Isaiah describe the final state of heaven and then deduces virtually everything about heaven from those axioms If he’s wrong about those passages then the book could only be about twenty pages long The problem is that Isaiah’s description of the New Earth still includes death “No shall an infant from there live but a few days Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed” Is 6520 Though Alcorn cites the latter chapters of Isaiah to prove the final state of heaven over fifty times he avoids this verse except for one parenthetical dismissal of it 323 But if there’s death in “heaven” then it’s not the final state; it’s something else In the same way if Isaiah wasn’t speaking of the final state then we shouldn’t assume that John was speaking of heaven when he invoked Isaiah’s language at the end of Revelation Alcorn repeatedly insists on literalism to make his case but he doesn’t live up to it John describes the New Jerusalem as a city and a bride John sees “the bride the Lamb’s wife” Rev 219 But Alcorn has to ignore that literalism to only embrace the literalism of a city In addition notice death and sin lurk outside the New Jerusalem “they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles or causes an abomination or a lie” Rev 212627 If this were the final state of heaven how could there be any fear that sin and abominations could enter it?I certainly don’t object to Alcorn’s take on heaven because of any “Christoplatonism” – ie the view that denigrates the resurrection and makes heaven purely spiritual with no eating drinking dwelling working playing etc I believe we will do all those things in heaven in true bodies and like Alcorn I believe the final state of heaven will be on a restored earth So what’s the beef?The beef is that forcing all these texts which are really about the church on earth into the final state alone distorts the whole calling of the gospel distorts the calling of the church The church is supposed to be heaven on earth We’re not supposed to wait for Christ to fix it all in the final state He gave that job to us that’s the Sermon on the Mount We are the ones who pray “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Jesus brought the “kingdom of heaven” to earth That’s the whole point of His mission The cross and resurrection initiated the new world promised in Isaiah The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and started New Heavens and New Earth then Jesus said the church was that “city on a hill” to the world And when Christ and the Spirit have created that kind of just church community pictured in Isaiah then we will face the final judgment when that church that has followed the OT and Jesus’ path in caring for the weak and marginal will enter into gre

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read Heaven author Randy Alcorn epub â Hardcover Þ What is Heaven really going to be like? What will we look like? What will we do? Won't Heaven get boring after a while?We all have uestions about what Heaven will be like and after 25 years of extensive research Dr Randy Alcorn has the answersIn the most comprehensive and definiti Arth free from sin suffering and death and brimming with Christ's presence wondrous natural beauty and the richness of human culture as God intended it God has put eternity in our hearts Now Randy Alcorn brings eternity to light in a way that will surprise you spark your imagination and change how you live life today If you've always thought of Heaven as a realm of disembodied spirits clouds and eternal ha This is unuestionably the best book other than the Bible of course that I’ve ever read At a whopping 500 pages it may appear daunting but it is broken down into short easy to manage chapters I could almost feel myself being blessed each morning as I read from it and I wouldn’t be surprised if I read it again someday once everyone else in my family finishes reading it since I’ve told them all that they absolutely must Mr Alcorn shatters the preconceived conception that most people today have of heaven – including myself Instead he presents what he believes to be a biblical picture – based on 25 years of study on the topic and a dose of biblically inspired imagination He particularly dispels the notion that heaven is an ethereal world where we as disembodied spirits will spend eternity floating on clouds and playing harps – an image that causes many people to claim indifference as to whether they are going to heaven when they die or not He places a lot of emphasis on the God’s promise to create a new heavens and a new earth I was particularly enlightened by the explanation that God’s plan for redemption includes not just the souls of men but the whole of creation His ultimate plan is to redeem the entire world and return it to a state of complete perfection – devoid of sin pain and death And that’s where we will dwell for all of eternity in our humanity but free of corruption There is so much that I could say but you really should just read the book for yourself

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Heaven author Randy AlcoRp strumming you're in for a wonderful surprise This 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 And the next time you hear someone say We cant begin to imagine what Heaven will be like you'll be able to tell them I c It was okay but it should have been much better The subject deserves better and Alcorn is capable of better For openers he crowded two or three hundred pages of essentials into almost six hundred He hid his serious arguments in idle speculation and self uotations yes he cites his own fictional works Believers in the literal inerrancy of the Bible may even have trouble with some of his convoluted logic but most of it is so buttressed with footnotes see above and Biblical citations that the average reader will not bother No the average reader will not finish the book My wife managed less than fifty pagesHis thesis that Heaven is real may seem an oxymoron to Christians but he'd uickly add No really real And there are two of them no three From a certain point of viewAcorn's tome is almost saved by the wonderful sidebars which litter the text but what it really needs was a good editingIf you read the Bible every morning I suggest putting Heaven on your night stand If you can't get to sleep Don't count sheep; read Heaven It'll put you out