Article of the Month
"Is this Heaven?"
From this month’s title, it is clear that this article
will be on the lighter side — but not that it will
sacrifice making an important point.
The two-sentence quote which forms the title of this
article comes from the motion picture “Field of Dreams.”
The only connection we wish to make is that the
questioner obviously had a concept of heaven
indistinguishable from the cornfields of Iowa!
This is, interestingly, not uncommon.
It is not infrequent at funerals to have the
minister picturing the departed as baking cakes, playing
golf, or doing innumerable earth-oriented things “in
The Biblical portrayal of the realm of spirit beings has
nothing in common with such portrayals.
But heaven is not our focus in this article.
It is our contention that the vast majority of
the human race will never be changed into spirit beings.
Nor do they have some kind of “immortal soul”
that floats out of the body to any place.
Their undefined and inner hope is exactly
what is implied in “The Field of Dreams.”
Mankind instinctively loves, identifies with, and
wants to perpetuate his connection with the earth and
That is exactly what will happen; and it is
exactly what is requested for the race when the prayer
is offered, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in
The Bible was written primarily as a handbook for those
whom God is calling out of the earth — those whom
He wishes, indeed, to become spirit beings and to be a
part of His own intimate personal family.
“Church” is from a Greek word which means
The Church (those who go to heaven) ARE THE
EXCEPTION to God’s plan for mankind.
That is why He calls His Church a “new creation.”
It is something new and different.
It isn’t a part of the old creation which was
intended for the earth.
It is a part of a new creation intended
for heaven—but not to bake cakes and to play golf!
It is being “called out” from what the rest of
mankind will have as its inheritance.
The first assignment of the spirit-born Church
will be to participate with Jesus in raising ALL of the
dead and giving them the opportunity to gain
everlasting, trouble-free, and joyful life ON EARTH.
In other words, if they like Iowa, that’s what
they will have!
We are not here being flippant.
Nor are we supplying supportive scriptures and
It is just helpful now and then to take the simplest
look at the most complex of questions.
This article is making only one point:
Mankind will awaken, be helped into perfection,
and will forever enjoy the home which he enjoys and
which was specifically designed for his liking.
No, it won’t be heaven.
But it will be heavenly in the eyes of those who
love Iowa, or France, or China, or anywhere that the
beauties suit that individual.
And none of it will be plagued by disease, death,
worry, poverty, “natural” disasters, or anything
that is harmful or unpleasant.
It’s very much worth contemplating.
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