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The nature of Heaven
In her letter on the nature of heaven (AD2000, July 2015), Audrey English exhibits once again her habit of producing doctrine without the support of Scripture.
Let us go to basics. We have no reason to believe there is any such thing as heaven, unless God has revealed the fact.
We can know nothing of the nature of heaven unless God has revealed it.
What has God revealed? First we go to the New Testament where God in the person of Jesus has revealed what God wants us to know.
There we find references to heaven such that heaven is highly desirable and will last for all future time but we are given no idea of what it consists, as well expressed by St Paul: “… eye has not seen nor ear heard. Nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” (1Cor.2:9).
Christian theologians have never been content with this, so have offered abundant speculations.
Audrey English subscribes to some of these. She writes that heaven consists of the beatific vision which is: “[A]n intellectual vision” which causes love. The trouble with this description is that we do not know what it means. What is an intellectual vision?
“[W]e shall see each one of the Three Persons” she avers. What would we ‘see’? Three whats? How does she know what we would ‘see’, given that God has been silent on the subject?
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 28 No 8 (September 2015), p. 8
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