The Disease of the “Christian Bubble”

Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

What happens after you die?

Do some people go to heaven forever and some people go to hell forever?  What are these places like? How does someone end up in one of these places? Is it about what you say or do? Or is it about what you believe?

Lots of questions, and lots of answers.

That is scary.

Lots of answers means that there is no actual answer. At least not an answer that we can know with absolute confidence.

There are few things in life, or in the Bible that can be understood with absolute certainty. There are plenty of beliefs that we can carry confidence in, but not many beliefs that we should consider to be absolute truth.

Again I want to bring your attention to this verse from Corinthians.

Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

This passage is often used as a springboard to talk about the beauty or majesty that exists beyond this life. You will hear this passage quoted at funerals or at “altar calls.” Someone may read this verse and begin to talk about “streets of gold and impressive mansions with breathtaking views.”

On the contrary, I don’t think this passage gives anyone any authority to elaborate on what heaven may be like, rather this passage eliminates one’s ability to attach their own personal theologies or descriptive words to the place of heaven.

This passage clearly states that we cannot understand, that we cannot fathom the idea of Heaven. Not only that Heaven is beyond the beauty of anything that earth has to offer, but that our minds do not have the capability to visualize the appearance of Heaven or conceive the state of being that we will exist in while in Heaven.

Why then do we talk about Heaven like we know what to expect?

We don’t.

But don’t let this upset you.

This is good.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

We don’t know exacts, we don’t have many certainties, but we can take confidence in this. The one who trusts in Jesus will not be left alone, the one who trusts in Jesus will be made whole. The one who trusts in Jesus will find themselves in a state of existence beyond anything that we can comprehend.

With this as our confidence we must begin a transition in the way we exist in our current earth.

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
2 Corinthians 3:1-4
Our call then is not to condemn those who exist around us, or to believe that we have already been brought to a fulfillment of existence. Neither of these statements are founded in truth.
Christianity has shifted from a way of life full of compassion and love to an existence of self-fulfilling education and judgmental isolation.
So that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Philippians 2:15 
We have substituted being “the light of the world” for “leaving the world.”
This is anti- Jesus. This is false way of living.
With our eternity secure in Jesus we are called to live in a radical way that emits a light of love to the world.
It is time to trade our isolation and condemnation for acceptance and Love.
It time to trade the question, “What happens after you die?”
For the question,
“What happens when you start living?”
Want to give a shout out to a great podcast called “seminary dropout.” This podcast with Shane Blackshear features interviews with guys like NT Wright, Peter Rollins, Rob Bell, and John Mark McMillan. Find it on the podcast app.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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One thought on “The Disease of the “Christian Bubble”

  1. Here Here! I do admit being shut down and put off when a self proclaimed expert writes a book describing Heaven as though he/she has absolute knowledge of what it will be. A mere mortal asserting their vision as having the insight of God.

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