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12:46 PM   [12 Jun 2014 | Thursday]

What Does Heaven Look Like?

 

What Does Heaven Look Like?

By Geordie Gardiner

 

 Image by Kirt Tisdale

 

People often ask me, what does heaven look like?

There are many opinions, few of which are based on anything found in the Bible, the Bible says little that describes heaven but often if you take a few words from the Bible and expand the meaning of those words in your mind then a picture can emerge that is astounding.

I have read of people serving long prison sentences that build great mansion in their mind in an attempt to get over the boredom of being locked in a cell all day.

Image courtesy of Sara Holby of Ajiri Tea

 

Some of them go into minute detail, starting with the buying of materials and the beauty of it is that delivery is in seconds rather than days or weeks and it only rains if you want a day off and fancy sitting in a shed all day drinking tea with the builders discussing the merits of Darjeeling and Ajiri tea.

Then if at some point it gets tiresome you can say, I am sick of all this humping bricks up ladders and mixing cement, just sick it up, it’s built, I want to sort out where the staircase and the chandeliers go.

Some people claim that if they cannot sleep at night then they count sheep. I sleep easily and rarely have sleepless nights but if I am ever unable to sleep then counting sheep does not work for me because I can only ever think of Little Bo Peep and so there are never any sheep.

If I cannot sleep I think of the greatest palace of all time and we are told in the Bible that it belonged to King Solomon.

He had thousands of horses, with stables that were so good that local people wanted to live in them. It tells you so in the Bible but it tells you so in a few relatively short paragraphs. To get a picture of it all you need to expand the picture of it in your mind.

For example think of this, King Solomon had 700 wives and he also had over 300 hundred concubines, if you want to know what concubines are get yourself a dictionary or check it on the Internet.

All this information is to be found in a very few short paragraphs and the above information is basically it.

You have to expand the picture from those brief details given in the Bible, the Bible is a wonderful book. Every year lists are complied of the best selling books. The best selling war story. the best selling romance, the best selling horror story. The Bible is never included in any best selling list but the fact is that the Bible has been the best selling book every year since records began.

If you cannot sleep at night then build King Soloman’s Palace and if you happen to be locked up in prison then the building of the Palace is likely to take up a good twenty five year stretch, so many inmates will have to finish the construction after they are released.

Image a building that had to house over a thousand woman, with the type of surroundings that a princess would be accustomed to.

Imagine that.

 Image by Dave Wood

Imagine the King, if he had Intimate relations every day of his life with his wives and concubines then he would see one on a particular day and it would be about three years later before he saw her again.

How’s your maths?

Check it out — 1000 divided by 365

The Bible is like that, filled with amazing stories that you need to expand in your mind.

So what does Heaven look like?

Some Christians have strange ideas, “Oh we are like wisps of air that intermingle and float around in a forever bright blue sky.”

Rubbish.

If that were the case how is it that the lion can be seen with the lamb?

What?

Image by Cynthia Sheffield

God allows the sight of lions with lambs and we his greatest creation are transformed into cloud formations?

With I suppose God sitting on you?

Expand the picture:

The disciples said to Jesus, “Lord how shall we pray?”

And the good Lord Jesus told them

The Lords Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lords Prayer is the most recited part of the Bible, Christian all over the world know it off by heart but the problem is that even though they know it off by heart, God bless them, many of them know it parrot fashion without a true understanding of those words.

Let us look at some of those words again and then expand the picture.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done — ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

Image by Tony Maduro

Look at the great beauty of this world, the seas. the rivers, the mountains, the trees.

You want to know what heaven looks like?

Then look about you.

Image by Kim Booth

It is the will of God and when His will is done the the earth will be as heaven.

 

There was a paradise on this earth once called The Garden of Eden in an area of the country now known as Iraq.

 

Iraq?

 

They say

 

It is just a desert, how could it be in Iraq?

 

The next time you fill the petrol tank in your car consider how that petrol got there.

 

It came from the oil fields, including offshore oil fields and all those places where oil is found where once covered by lush tropical forest.

 

The evidence for this is that oil (and coal) are formed by trees.

 

There you have it.

 

You want to know what heaven looks like?

 

Then look about you.

 

 

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GeordieGardiner | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 19:06

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 HERE IS A REPLY TO IN THE MEDIUM WRITERS BLOG FROM SHANE GUYMON

 

Shane Guymon

I think it’s interesting that you state that it is Iraq as if this is proven somewhere. 

I’ve heard other beliefs state that the Garden of Eden existed during the time before all of the continents separated, and that the separation happened during the flood of Noah. This belief says that the Garden of Eden was actually located somewhere in the United States.

GeordieGardiner | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 20:06

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HERE IS A REPLY I WANTED TO LEAVE IN THE MEDIUM WRITERS GROUP BUT WAS UNABLE TO SAVE IT

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Hello Shane thanks For your comment, 

Yes the Garden of End was on this earth before the continents separated. We are all guilty of repeating information that is commonly known, for example, “Who invented the electric light bulb?” 

Any answer you might give to such a question is likely to be the answer that is commonly known and even people from my home town will answer Edison but I think if you research the question a little that the name Joseph Swan will crop up often in any research. 

It could be that I am also guilty of repeating something that is incorrect but the fact is that the consensus of opinion claims that the Garden of Eden was in Mesopotamia. 

All the best 

Geordie Gardiner


 
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