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Philip Yancey, writing in Christianity Today, offers these three reasons why this topic of heaven is being neglected.


1. “Affluence has given us in this life what former generations longed for in anticipation of heaven.

2. A creeping paganism invites us to accept death as the culmination of life on earth.

3. Older images of heaven, the biblical ones, have lost their appeal. Walls of emerald, sapphire, and jasper, streets of gold, and pearly gates may have inspired Middle Eastern peasants, but they don’t mean much to the world of Bauhaus.”


I would like to suggest a Fourth reason to add to the three already given.


4. There is very little information in the Bible to draw on in order to do this topic justice. We have hints of what heaven would be like but nothing specific.

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