The Christian's Hope Of Heaven
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Death As The Gateway To Eternal Life
For Christians death is not the end but simply the gateway into God's glorious presence and joy unspeakable and unimaginable.
The atheist and cynic portray this hope as the pathetic delusion of a gullible group of individuals, who need the crutch of religion to avoid facing the reality, they say, of existentialist extinction.
Christian Hope Is Based On Evidence & Experience
The Christian's hope of heaven, however, is no Pollyanna world of make-believe but based on
• The Word of God - the Bible
• The life, death, resurrection & ascension of Jesus Christ
• Jesus' promises regarding his own death and resurrection
• The Christian's experience of the inner witness of the Spirit
Jesus' Death, Resurrection & Ascension As Fulfilment Of Prophecy
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In 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-50 Paul emphasises the fact that Christ's death and resurrection were fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy as well as being witnessed as historical fact by many witnesses, including the disciples.
The Historical Facts Of Jesus' Resurrection
The historical facts surrounding Jesus' life, death and resurrection are known from both Jewish and pagan as well as Christian sources.
(For more on this, go to EVIDENCE OF THE RESURRECTION).
The historical fact of Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension are also powerful proof of the promises he made while he was still alive and on earth.