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Heaven

People often mention the word ‘Heaven’ in their conversation, but it is usually in connection with expressions of surprise or exclamations of disbelief as in, for example, Heavens above’, ‘Good heavens’, ‘Heaven forbid’, ‘For heaven’s sake’, or ‘Heaven knows’. Again, it may be used as an adjective to describe something excellent or wonderful like, ‘That piece of cake was heavenly’. But ask them to tell you something about Heaven and it is unlikely they will be able to do so without lapsing into fantasy. Even Christians have difficulty in articulating their thoughts! Their idea of Heaven is perhaps rather vague.

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The Biblical Doctrine of Hell

C. S. Lewis once listened to a young preacher conclude his sermon with the words that Christ rejecters would suffer “grave eschatological ramifications”. He asked him afterwards if he meant people would go to Hell. “Precisely” the preacher replied, “Then say so”, said Lewis. Yet we understand the reluctance of that speaker and today it might be more difficult than ever to present this topic seriously.

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