Theology 101: Heaven

06/03/2009

Grown women have “coffee talk”.  Five year olds have “snack time talk”.  I often find the latter much more profound.

Many of you ask what I study in seminary, and I could post some 15+ page papers on various topics.  But, I’m going to try to keep it simple….and keep you awake.

Today’s Theology 101 lesson is on Heaven and brought to you by Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.  The kid’s names have been changed but this is a real conversation I overheard.

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Johnny:  Jimmy, maybe in heaven we can live together.

Jimmy:  Yeah.  Heaven will be the best place ever.  We’ll have new bodies and a new life.  It will be awesome.

Johnny:  How about we have a garden with a fountain?!

Jimmy:  Yeah! We’ll drive around in our cars to our fountains.

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“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more…  [God] will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:1ff

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city…”  Revelation 22ff

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“Heaven is, by definition, outside our experience, but all intelligible descriptions must be of things within our experience.  The scriptural picture of heaven is therefore just as symbolical as the picture which our desire, unaided, invents for itself . . .”

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

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One Response to “Theology 101: Heaven”

  1. Mary said

    thanks jessica- i love that…..

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