<p>“Heaven is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark.” –Stephen Hawking</p><p>I’m afraid of the dark.</p><p>If we’re talking about the endless kind of darkness that offers no light anywhere, no hope ever, and nothing but nothingness, who among us would not panic at the thought of that?</p><p>I expect people like Mr. Hawking simply find the idea of Heaven too good to be true, and thus conclude that it must be a product of man’s delusional yearning for “pie in the sky by and by.”</p><p>And yet, there are solid reasons for reasonable people to believe in the concept of a Heavenly home after this earthly life. Here are some that mean a lot to me. By no means is this list exhaustive. It’s simply my thinking on the subject.</p><p>The God who made us created us with a longing for Himself and a satisfaction in nothing less.</p><p>When we get to Heaven, we will finally be satisfied, but not until then. “I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake” (Psalm 17:15).</p><p>“I go to prepare a place for you,” said our Lord. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3).</p><p>If it were not so, I would have told you.</p><p>Jesus said that. I believe Him.</p><p>I choose to believe.</p>
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