What About Heaven?

Most people believe there is an afterlife -- that life goes on beyond death. I think most people assume they know what heaven means but have never given serious adult thought to it. Some folks get their ideas about heaven more from Gary Larson’s Far Side Cartoons than from the scriptures.  (For some reason The Far Side has a lot of cartoons about Heaven!) 

Heaven has a reputation of being a really good thing and we want to go there when we die, but we’re in no particular hurry to arrive.

It reminds me of the joke about the two guys who had a life-long argument about whether or not there will be baseball in heaven. A lot of people think heaven is just filled with whatever would make you happy, so “will there be baseball in heaven?” seems like a good question. The two guys make a deal -- whoever dies first will come back and let the other one know if there is baseball in heaven. When the first guys dies, he comes back in a vision, and says to his friend, “I have good news, and I have bad news. The good news is there is baseball in heaven. The bad news is you’re pitching Friday.” 
 
Why would that be bad news? Because if we are honest, we are somewhat ambivalent about the idea of heaven. 
 
We are in a conversation called,“Tough Questions.”  In this message we looked at what the scriptures really say about the afterlife.