This year for our Bible class in school, we’re doing a study of heaven! We’re only three days into it, but it’s been good and thought-provoking so far. The book by Randy Alcorn has an accompanying study guide, so my brother and I fill out answers in the morning and then we’ll discuss it with my mom later. Today, I’d just like to share some of the best questions from the study guide so far, and get your thoughts on them.
- Read Acts 17:11. What does this passage say, and how does it relate to how we should view claims about the afterlife based on near-death experiences and personal speculation? Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. My thoughts: it says we should read and study the Bible, and we should only listen to what the Bible says because we can trust what it says more than what people say.
- Consider 1 Thessalonians 5:21: “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” How should this principle be applied to reading any book other than the Bible, including Heaven? My thoughts: Does the Bible say this? If it does, it is true and we should believe it.
- “The sense that we will live forever somewhere has shaped every civilization in human history…. Anthropological evidence suggests that every culture has a God-given, innate sense of the eternal–that the world is not all there is” (Heaven, xix). do you think this statement is significant or revealing? In what way? My thoughts: well, all people obviously come from Noah’s family, so maybe they knew the truth and it just got twisted through the generations?
- Ancient merchants often wrote the words memento mori–“think of death”– in large letters on the first page of their accounting books. What perspective did this being to their daily lives? Is anticipating death unhealthy, or can it be healthy? My thoughts: it meant, “Hey, get out and do things! Be someone, because your time could be short.” Constantly dwelling on death isn’t necessarily good, but it’s healthy to be reminded that you don’t have all the time it the world.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to ponder these questions yourself, or comment below if you’d like to share your thoughts with me. I love hearing from you! God bless, BibleBloggerGirl