Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Review: In Light of Eternity

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In Light of Eternity
By Randy Alcorn

Light of Eternity will open your eyes to the realities of heaven. Far from boring, heaven promises to be an exhilarating adventure in which every chapter is better than the one before.

I really appreciated the author’s attempts to help us start to grasp the wonders and beauty of heaven. So often heaven is not given the thought and attention it deserves. We are told heaven is where Christians go when they die, streets are paved in gold, and God will judge us when we get there. For many, this does nothing to make them want heaven over what they now have on earth. This is a shame. Heaven is wonderful beyond anything we can think or imagine. The author does a wonderful job of getting us to start grasping heaven’s joy and beauty. While I didn’t agree with all of his scriptural interpretations, overall I think his discussion on the joys of heaven were wonderful and much needed.

His [the evil one’s] basic strategy, exactly the one he employed with Adam and Eve, is to make us think wrongly about God and believe sin will bring us fulfillment. But sin is not what brings us fulfillment—it’s what robs us of fulfillment. Sin isn’t what makes life interesting; it’s what makes life empty.

Heaven: where “right choices are forever celebrated.” Hell: where wrong choices are endlessly reviewed and regretted—especially the choice to refuse the greatest gift ever offered.
In the absence of a strong theology of heaven and eternal rewards, the western church has been permeated by “prosperity theology” the gospel of health and wealth. We’ve been seduced to look only to short-term rewards of material gain, physical health and safety, and human approval.
Tomas A Kempis said, “Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.”

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