By Gary DeVaney
Revelation 12:7 There was WAR in Heaven.
What? No! How can that be? Surprised? If there is war in Heaven, what other horrors does Heaven hold? How can you explain that God is truly in control? How can you explain God’s lack of popularity in Heaven?
Revelation 19:14 The armies which were in Heaven…
The US army I was in was designed for fighting, destroying, killing and dying. If you fight and die in God’s army in Heaven, where do you go from there?
Matthew 11:11 Jesus said: He that is least in Heaven is greater than He.
What? Is there discrimination, inequality, rank or a caste system in Heaven?
What do you truly know about Heaven? What do you believe about Heaven?
Is what you claim to know and what you claim to believe about Heaven vastly different?
Matthew 11:12 Jesus said: The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.
What? Doesn’t Christian dogma promote Heaven to be “bliss” and “paradise”? How can Heaven be “paradise” if Jesus Christ, Himself, says there is violence in Heaven? You do believe Jesus, don’t you? If so, how can you have it both ways? Do you give up Jesus’ integrity or give up Heaven being paradise?
“Bliss” / “Paradise”
Jesus Christ! What’s going on here?
Matthew 16:19 Whatsoever you shall bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven.
What? Does this mean that you are bound, limited and restricted in Heaven?
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and Earth shall pass away but My words shall not pass away.
Matthew 5:18 Till Heaven and Earth pass…
II Peter 3:10 & 12 Heaven shall pass away with a great noise / be dissolved in flames.
WHAT? If Heaven passes away, how does that effect your Eternal-Life?
If your life passes away, it is not eternal. If your life is not eternal, what has all the religious / salvation fuss been about?
Concerning Heaven and God, some tend to know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Some stress the price of Eternal-Damnation, punishment and suffering rather than any values or riches of Heaven.
If God does not change, how can being around armies for eternity be of value?
Conclusion: Religion is primitive politics. It is still used by power-oriented people who don’t find themselves popular or strong enough to be in the political arena. It is designed to win over the hearts and minds of people.
Hearts & Minds
Tools of religion include bribery, intimidation, and awesome fear-based ultimatums.
Religions are used by people who want to boss other people around.
Many clergy use military “Psy-Ops” (Psychological Operations) tactics: “Grab the populace by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow.”
The New Testament claims “life after death” throughout. But, is there “life after death” in the Old Testament?
Isaiah 26:19: Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs and the Earth shall cast out the dead.
This one source, Isaiah, says yes. Isaiah claims that his body, which science knows eventually turns to dust, will arise. It is absurd but it is a documented “life after death” claim in the Old Testament.
But – the O.T. is again contradictory and confusing for Isaiah 26:14 had already said in:
Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not live. They are deceased, they shall not rise. Therefore hast Thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to parish.
Elijah, I don’t think, qualifies for a “life after death” story IF Elijah was considered to be alive when taken up to Heaven.
Life After Death?
The Christian-Islamic concept of Heaven & Hell:
Note: Unlike Christian Hell – Islam’s Hell is NOT Eternal
10 Reasons Popular Versions Of Christian Heaven Would Be Hell:
Corrections? Questions? Comments?