Saturday, October 21, 2023

Yancey: fear of heaven

Saturday, October 21, 2023
    See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life.
    —1 John 2:24-25 (NIV)
    We fear heaven as our ancestors feared hell. The notion seems quaint, cowardly, an escape from this world’s problems. What inversion of values, I wonder, has led us to commend a belief in annihilation as brave and dismiss a hope for blissful eternity as cowardly?
    ... Philip Yancey (b. 1949), Soul Survivor, New York: Doubleday, 2001, p. 221 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 2:24-25; Ps. 133:3; Matt. 25:46; John 3:16; 5:24-25; 6:40; 14:2-3; 1 Cor. 1:26-29; 15:53-54; 2 Cor. 5:1; Col. 1:27; 2 Tim. 1:8-10; Tit. 3:4-7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5,21; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your promises are true.
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