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Is Heaven Real?

Updated on May 27, 2011

Heaven is a Wonderful Dream

There are many questions which have been asked repeatedly throughout the ages and this is one of them: "Is Heaven Real?"

It's a good question - a valid question - and to find the answer, all one needs is to exercise faith in God. I have faith in God and, because I do, I believe Heaven is real. In fact, I often daydream, wondering what Heaven is like. Even so, I know my imagination cannot come close to the real thing.

You may believe differently - that Heaven is not real - and that's both your privilege and choice. Perhaps you believe in Heaven but in a different context than I do. Once again, that is entirely up to you. I'm not here to coerce you into believing that Heaven is real just because I do. I'm here because I would like to share my thoughts of Heaven with you and hear your thoughts in return.

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Glimpse of Heaven

Have you ever, at any point in your life, caught a glimpse of Heaven? Do you believe you've seen Jesus Christ or even an angel?

Have you ever (personally) seen anything which convinces you that Heaven is real?

Meet Colton Burpo

Co-author of "Heaven is for Real"

Colton Burpo was approaching 4 years of age when he had to undergo emergency surgery, in hopes of saving his life. Looking on, his pastor-father, Todd Burpo, saw the shadow of death and feared the worst - wondered if he would ever get to see and hold his son again. His mother, Sonja, wasn't fairing too well either; she was so afraid she might lose her son - her faithful companion throughout many of her daily activities.

As it turned out, God had another plan; He showed Colton a glimpse of Heaven and allowed him to meet others who had gone on before. As a result, Colton's experience was able to put some minds at rest - namely that of his mother who continued to mourn her unborn child whom she had miscarried a couple months into the pregnancy - a child who would have been born before Colton - a child of whom he knew nothing, yet whom he says he met in Heaven.

I noticed the title of the book and figured I couldn't go wrong, especially since I was also able to have it delivered through WhisperNet to my Amazon Kindle. I finished reading this book on March 23, 2011. I can honestly say that it was the first I had heard about this occurrence.

I read the book before going to bed, during lunch breaks at work and whenever I had a few spare moments when I knew I'd be able to concentrate with minimal distractions.

There are going to be skeptics, for sure, the same as there will always be those who dive in headfirst and believe everything they hear and see. I'm not trying to persuade you to throw caution to the wind; in fact, even Todd Burpo did not do this. When his son first began speaking of Heaven, Todd hid the words in his heart but wondered about their validity. Granted there were some things Colton could not have known.

However, as time went on and Todd tried to trick his son (for lack of a better phrase) into admitting that there was darkness in Heaven, for example, just as it is on Earth, Colton remained true to his premise - that there was no darkness in Heaven. In fact, regardless of what came up in conversation over the years as Colton revealed more of what he had witnessed in Heaven, everything was in alignment with the Scriptures from the Holy Bible.

Photo credit: What's on Sanya?

This book is powerful; the events Colton witnesses - the things he sees - are astounding and can confound those who look for complexity. Essentially, it's so simple. According to Jesus, He had to die on the cross so that people could get the chance to see His Dad (God.) It can't get much simpler than this and the words ring true, indeed.

If there is one book you buy today, it should be this one. It will bless your soul and touch your life, as it has mine. Even if you can't come to terms with everything written inside, it will stir your soul and will create a thirst within you to see Heaven for yourself someday.

Prince of Peace: Resurrection ~ Akiane Artistry

Prince of Peace: Resurrection ~ Akiane Artistry
Prince of Peace: Resurrection ~ Akiane Artistry

The Face of Jesus

Pictured to the immediate right is a photograph of Akiane, the artist who created the above painting titled, Prince of Peace: The Resurrection.

Akiane, too, has said she has seen glimpses of Heaven through visions. Akiane had been growing up in a home where no one believed that God was real. Even so, God found a way to reach this child because He had a plan for her and no amount of unbelief on the part of her parents would stand in His way. The paintings which have been created as a result of the visions she had experienced has contributed to her ever-growing international reputation as one of the most accomplished visual artists in the world.

According to Colton Burpo, Akiane's painting - featured above - is the closest thing to the real face of Jesus. Of all the paintings and pictures (of Jesus) which he has seen since visiting Heaven, he had complained in every case that something wasn't right - though he was not always able to convey clearly what was wrong.

However, when his dad saw this painting online and called Colton to come and see it - and asked the question which had become a game, "What's wrong with this one," Colton was speechless. He just stared and it seemed as though he was looking into the eyes of Jesus once again.

If you would like to learn more about the inspiration and story behind this painting, please visit Akiane at Gathering of Believers.

Photo credit ~ Akiane: God's Breath

What is Heaven Like?

It's a very good question but, unfortunately, I cannot tell you all the answers. In one sense, I wish I could but, from another perspective, I'm glad I'm left with my imagination. Why? Because if I had to experience such joy and light in Heaven - even to see Jesus face-to-face - I would never want to leave. If I had to return to Earth, it would be a painful situation because, as much as I would love my family, I know I would prefer to live in Heaven.

However, I will tell you a few things about Heaven - a few general things intended to get your imagination running - about Heaven as I understand it:

  1. We'll live forever with Jesus. Imagine never having to deal with temptation and sin anymore - no more fights and arguments but, instead, living in perfect peace and harmony because of the supreme sacrifice Jesus paid for our sins.
  2. There's no darkness. The moon and stars won't be needed anymore because there is no darkness for us to be lead through. Jesus is the only Light we require in Heaven.
  3. There will be no pain or sickness. No one will grow old and die. No one will have to deal with imperfect eyesight or go around in wheelchairs. In other words, it would be the ideal environment for what we know as humanity - though we won't be human anymore, then. Our bodies will become immortal.
  4. The Bible speaks about Heaven in terms of the walls built around it. It refers to a mansion and in it, there are many rooms. It speaks of the different gems/jewels used to create it and goes on to give dimensions which I won't go into here, at this time. Suffice it to say that Heaven will be appealing because it will surround us with the most wondrous colors and richness beyond anything which can be imagined on Earth, even by the richest folk.
  5. Yes, it bears repeating: the most wonderful thing about Heaven is knowing that Jesus will be there. We will live with Him forever. What a glorious hope!

I will be upfront: you can strongly disagree and state your point politely and I will feature it. However, I will not tolerate name-calling, profanity and destructive comments; any comments of this nature will not be posted and will be a waste of your time and mine.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Great lens. It is no wonder that you got a purple star for it. Congratulations! Loved the story of Akiane.

      TonyB

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I believe in heaven and everlasting life. I believe in God. I also think that our human minds try to conceptualize heaven in a very narrow and limited way. We often have a hard time wrapping our minds around it. I found Colton's experience of heaven to be very believable. His book has the capacity to touch lives in very powerful ways. I hope readers will be open to the message. Thank you for this powerful topic and feature. It is appreciated.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 5 years ago

      @missycaulk: I'll definitely have to check that book you're talking about. Thanks!

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, I will have to read this book. I do believe in Heaven. The whole is much more complex than, I could ever explain.

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      missycaulk 5 years ago

      The best book on Heaven is Heaven by Randy Alcorn, he takes you from Genesis to Revelation on the theology of heaven. Unfortunately being a Christian for 25 years I have NEVER heard a sermon on Heaven, only scriptures at funerals. When my son was killed in a car wreck in Oct, I was desperate to know about where he was and what it was like. This book has given me such a clarity and hope.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for such a wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are many misconceptions when faith gets clustered around religion! The fact is that there are over 500 sects in Christianity alone. Add to that the 1000's of others from other religions... There is a common belief that all Christians alone will go and occupy Heaven... what happens to the others!? :)

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      MattJoyce LM 6 years ago

      Yes, we just all have to have a little faith...

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      encouragingwords 6 years ago

      Thank you for such a wonderful lens. Heaven is real, and until we get there, it is a blessing to have discussions, books, and paintings like the ones here!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Yes, and my incredible mom and dad are there. I WILL see them again some day.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am currently reading the book and saw Akiane's name mentioned and immediately got up from my chair and ran to teh computer to see the painting she created at the age of 8 years old! I believe in God, Christ, Heaven, etc. and this book has shaken me forever...in a good way of course. It has sent chills through my spine, fear through my body, tears to my eyes and belief and faith i never thought i could have. For those who dont believe: you will after you read this boy's amazing story.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      I do not beleive in heaven or hell. They are not logical or reasonable. I beleive that they are a form of control - used as a reward and as punishment for ones behaviour during ones life. I do beleive in a supreme creator and I do beleive in intelligent design - but not in anything else.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on your well-deserved purple star, Norma. I'm definitely a believer!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely without a doubt in mind HEAVEN IS REAL. There is only ONE WAY to get there too, that's through Jesus Christ.

      Jesus answered, âI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      I am a Christian and believe Heaven is real. The book about the little boy sounds amazing, definitely a book I would like to read :) God bless you

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      carlajo73 6 years ago

      I believe that Heaven is definitely real!! I have read testimonies of many DIFFERENT and unrelated near death experiences and the similarities are too many to deny!! As a Christian myself, my goal is to keep my eye on the prize and live for God alone! Why would I want to deny myself of that? Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I most definitely believe in Heaven. I read Heaven Is For Real and highly recommend it for anyone, believer or skeptic.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      I believe in God and in Heaven, it is Faith that sustains me...I don't need proof, it is in me so deep knowing the Holy Spirit lives inside of me. When I did the lens on the Real Face of Jesus, I did it because I found it interesting...as I believe without any tangible evidence...if we knew everything we would have no need for God.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do believe in heaven and know that God is for real. All it takes is child-like faith to really believe, but unfortunately many don't believe. I think the most important point is even if heaven is not real, we who believe in heaven and God have nothing to lose. But, what IF it is real, wow, there is much to lose...how about eternity...I couldn't take such a chance. Besides, having studies various religions and having gone through my own spiritual experience and transformation, my faith in the Lord keeps increasing more and more, even though the challenges get tougher and tougher. What can I say...Glory to the Most High...His name is Jesus! Peace to you and all who visit here! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I do believe in heaven. You can read more of my story at "Surviving a Heart Attack".

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      I read about this little boy the other day! I do believe in Heaven anyway but stories like his certainly help to strengthen the belief. I didn't know about the painting though, what a wonderful image this little girl has painted. Excellent idea for a debate lens! (I have to laugh here, because the security word I am being asked for is pishposh! God has a sense of humour!)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to Heaven, What Will It Be for You? and Coincidence or Providence?