Imagine There’s a Heaven—It’s Easy If You Try

Petar Nenadov | January 28, 2017

“Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try,” John Lennon sang, “no hell below us, above us only sky.” The famous song proceeds to imagine a world with no religion to divide or national borders to defend—with the assumption that unity and peace would result.

Though the desire for “the world to be as one” is good, imagining there’s a heaven is a much better place to start. 

Place of Holy Happiness

If you could imagine heaven, what would it look like?

An ancient Hebrew prophet imagined a place in which a wolf and a lamb dwell together with a child leading them. A place without pain or destruction, where peace replaces fear, where animals roam without being hunted and children play without interruption (Isa. 11:6–9).  

Another writer helps us to imagine a great city in which each building is covered with precious metals, drinks are on the house, and no one experiences crying, pain, or death again. A place without fatigue or sickness, where celebration replaces sadness, with architecture that takes our breath away and with gates that never close (Rev. 21:1–4, 9–21). 

The visions are different—a beautiful countryside and a glorious city—but the reality of uninterrupted pleasure is the same. In these imaginations, it’s impossible to…

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