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The Strait of Gibraltar is the strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. On either side of the Strait of Gibraltar there are two mountains, which were known in ancient times as the Pillars of Hercules. According to Greek mythology, Hercules built these pillars to mark the edge of the world. Remember that in those days people believed that the earth was flat. The pillars bore the warning, "No More Beyond," cautioning sailors to go no further.


But in 1492 Christopher Columbus destroyed the belief that there was "no more beyond" when he sailed far out into the Atlantic Ocean and discovered the New World. In the town where the explorer died, there stands a monument commemorating him. On this monument there is a statue of a lion. The lion's paw is tearing away the word "No" from the phrase "No More Beyond," making it read "More Beyond." Columbus had proven that there was "more beyond."


Whether people believe it or not, there is "more beyond" this world. Heaven is a real place. Will you go there when you die? Jesus said, "I am the way.... No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Heaven is the eternal destiny of everyone who puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ.


(From a sermon by Jonathan McLeod, Heaven Bound, 6/9/2010)

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