Believing in heaven …

“Believing in heaven is the ultimate rebellion against the idea that this world is all that there is. Believing in heaven allows us to catch a glimpse not just of the world as it is, but of the world as it might be. A world shaped not solely by the things of earth and humanity, but by heaven and the love and compassion of a God in whom absolute righteousness, justice and mercy reside; a world governed not by the principles of self-interest and self-survival but by God’s principles of love, justice and compassion. Believing in heaven introduces a new dimension into the life we live today.

“… Believing in heaven should not mean that we stand looking upwards all the time (or in whatever direction we think heaven might be), yearning to see it or feel it again. Instead, believing in heaven should mean that we carry with us a vision of the world as God intended it to be and strive with everything that we have to bring about that kind of world in the places where we live and work.”

Paula Gooder, Heaven (London: SPCK, 2011), pp. 101, 102
(original source, http://www.misselbrook.org.uk)

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