5 Common Misconceptions about Heaven and the Afterlife

A couple months back I was asked to write a guest blog for the Gospel Relevance website on the topic of five common misconceptions about heaven and the afterlife.

This is part of a series on “5 common misconceptions” on a variety of topics by guest authors.

The five misconceptions I addressed are as follows (these are five things that the Bible does not teach):

1. That Christians will live in heaven forever.

2. That the earth will be destroyed in the judgment when Jesus returns.

3. That the new heavens and new earth will be a replacement cosmos.

4. That the new heavens and new earth will consist of a never-ending worship service.

5. That the way we live now doesn’t affect the afterlife (and vice versa).

You can now read the blog post online here.

Or you can download a PDF of the post to read later.

Update: By March 2019 the post I wrote for the Gospel Relevance website had been shared over 1,000 times.

One thought on “5 Common Misconceptions about Heaven and the Afterlife

  1. I just wanted to highlight one passage that I particularly liked:

    “But worship (in the narrow sense of explicit praise) is only part of an obedient life of discipleship. Here we need to think of Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12:1–2 about presenting our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, which involves being transformed in our minds and doing God’s will. This, he says, is our true worship. This means that worship should not be reduced to emotionally intense acts of verbal praise. Rather, worship (in the broad sense) encompasses the entire pattern of our discipleship. God is glorified by our entire lives, when we faithfully follow Christ in all that we do.”

    Sounds like a holistic vision of worship, not just of salvation! Keep up the good work.

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