Heaven itself cannot be described, but the human concept of heaven can be.
- Jeffrey Burton Russell, A History of Heaven
I am reading Gary Scott Smith's Heaven in the American Imagination, and as I read, I have found that many of the discussions and debates I have heard and participated in concerning heaven, hell, and the afterlife are not new, at least within American religious discourse. Ideas have ebbed and flowed. Controversies such as the one surrounding Rob Bell's Love Wins are not altogether new. The names have changed, but the doctrinal questions have not. Emotions surrounding the issues are as intense as ever.
What do you think about the afterlife? Does it exist? Why or why not? What biblical stories lend support to your view? What biblical stories do you struggle with? Is there a heaven? Is there a hell? Is there anything in between? Who ends up where, and why? How did you come to your convictions on the afterlife?
If you have a desire to communicate through an old but still useful medium, drop me a letter:
Benjamin A. Simpson
P.O. Box 249
De Soto, KS 66018-0249
I hope to hear from you soon, if not via the post, then perhaps via email. Blessings.