There are so many books on the market today about heaven, and rightly so because as Christians heaven is where we will spend eternity. There are so many things on this planet and in our lives that point to the glory of Heaven and the New Heavens and the New Earth.
There are so many false-ideas about what heaven will be like, who will be there, where heaven will be, and the list goes on and on. Whether they are a Christian or not, most people ask the question at some point in their lives ‘what happens when I die?’
Thomas says “For all the skepticism that abounds in our time, people still want to know what happens after death.”
So many of the books that can be found on Christian bookshelves contain a lot of speculation, but not many of them derive their ideas from the Bible. Don’t get me wrong, there are good books out there on heaven, but they are vastly outnumbered by the not so good ones.
From the many books I have read on the subject of heaven, Heaven on Earth is the best. Not only does Thomas engage with what the Bible teaches, but he also says where speculations begins and does not explore further.
As I read this book I found my own ideas of heaven and the New Creation being corrected, and it made me think about where I got my ideas from.
Because heaven is the focus of many Christians in this world, because we have our eyes fixed on our eternal home, we tend to believe many things that aren’t necessarily in the Bible. Thomas corrects such views with good and faithful Bible handling, with a pastors heart and with the rigorous mind of a theologian.
If you have questions about heaven, and if you don’t now you will at some point, read this book and be captured by the glory of the Lamb. Read and eagerly wait for the chance to worship and work for our Creator for an eternity, but don’t forget that we live in a world where many people will not see heaven.
Reading books like Heaven on Earth excite me about the world to come, but they should also put a desire in our hearts for more people to hear about this glorious place where Christians long to dwell.
There are people in this world who have big questions about life after death, and as Christians, we have answers to some of their questions they will only know the truth if they are told.
Do we know everything about heaven? No!
Will be ever know everything about heaven? Probably not!
Should the idea of heaven excite us as we consider an eternity spent in the presence of our perfect God? Yes!
Should the teaching of heaven encourage us to tell others? Absolutely! Why would we want to such an amazing truth to ourselves?