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Monday, June 15, 2015

10 Things You WILL Have in Heaven

         Do you believe in heaven? If so, what do you believe is up there? I was having that conversation with a friend just this week and it was fascinating.

         Everybody in history has had their piece to say on what heaven is about.

        Muhammad described Jannah, the Islamic heaven, as a desert dweller's paradise. Unlike the dusty, thirst-inducing desert Muhammad lived in, Jannah would be filled with water and lush fruits. Seventy-two gorgeous and sweet-smelling, (not dirty and sweaty like a desert woman), perpetual virgins would grace the good Islamic man's harem.

Someone asked, “O Prophet! Are there dates in the Garden? Because I love dates.” And the Prophet replied: “Yes, there are dates… the dates of the Garden have golden branches. They have golden shoots. They have leaves as beautiful as the finest clothing anyone has ever seen. There are golden bunches of dates. Even the stalks of these bunches of dates are of gold. At the base of each golden date are sticky scales. They have fruits like giant jars, softer than foam, sweeter than honey.” (Mukhtasar Tadhkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 315/522)

Hozrot Ali (r.a) narrated that the Apostle of Allah said, "There is in paradise an open market wherein there will be no buying or selling, but will consist of men and women. When a man desires a beauty, at once he will have intercourse with them as desired.”

      Gandhi had his opinions on heaven as well. I'm not entirely clear on the Buddhist idea of heaven, so correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this earth is basically their heaven. If you do good and please karma, then you can come back as someone richer, handsomer, healthier, and smarter than yourself. So if you do well, then perhaps you'll become Brad Pitt or Steve Jobs in your next life.

       And, of course, Christian writers talk about heaven too. The Bible itself spends a lot more time speaking of how to get to heaven (believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved), then what's going on up there. The apostle Paul described the Christian heaven this way. "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Cor 2:9 NLT. So amazing beyond imagination basically.
        The Bible also talks about this earth we're on, the six continents etc., being recreated as a new earth. Rev 21:1. And people who make it there having new perfected physical bodies. (2 Cor 5:1).

         So now that we've talked about what others are saying, what about you? Do you believe in heaven? If so, what do you believe it will be like? Per the blogpost title, extra points if you can list TEN things you believe about heaven. :)
         Comment below. I want to hear your thoughts!

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