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Unseen Does Not Mean Unreal

posted Nov 6, 2011, 3:21 PM by Kelvin Leu   [ updated Nov 6, 2011, 3:21 PM by hbchurch org ]
Living in a material world makes it extraordinarily difficult to fathom the unseen. Some people say they don’t believe in anything they cannot see. The first man to orbit the earth, Yuri Gagarian, reportedly said, “I looked and looked, but I did not see God.” Regardless of whether those are his own words, the fact remains that modern man has adopted the concept.

However, the same people who deny God probably have no doubt about the reality of a number of things they’ve never seen. Not one person has seen a magnetic field, but most believe in magnetism. We haven’t seen George Washington, but we all believe he was a real person and our nation’s first president. The evidence supporting his place in history is undeniable.

In addition to our beliefs about the past and our acceptance of present day phenomena, we also form perceptions about the future. Man’s fascination with the future is well chronicled by numerous writings. Opinions run the gamut from annihilationism to believing in an after-life. Most cultures have embraced the latter, often referring to some sort of “heaven”. What is the basis for such a belief? There is no one to talk to who has seen the other side of death and can answer our questions.

So, is heaven a real place or just the product of wishful thinking? Be careful before you answer. The absence of a contemporary, living eyewitness does not prove or disprove anything. The only conclusive evidence we have for what lies beyond the grave is the testimony of the witnesses whose words are recorded in the Bible.

Granted, the credibility of their words rests upon the veracity of the Bible. Is it the word of God or merely a book of religious myths? I am persuaded that it is God’s word; the evidence is very compelling.

Sadly, very few take the time or exert the effort to carefully examine the evidence for the inspiration of the Bible. Most had rather draw their conclusions based exclusively upon what they see or “feel”, even though they readily believe in other things which they can neither see or touch. Why not be consistent? Evidence is evidence, whether tangible or prima facie. Beware of the devil’s lies. Just because you can’t see something does not prove that it is unreal.

God is real; heaven is real; hell is real and so is eternity. If reality is your penchant, then I would urge you to consider Jesus and His words. He claimed to be the embodiment of Deity (John 14:9) and His claims were proven by irrefutable evidence from God the Father (John 5:36-37). Also, He (Jesus - i.e. God the Word - John 1:1) is the one who promises blessings upon those who believe in the unseen, undeniable reality of His being (John 20:29). Heaven is real too; don’t miss it..

by  Ken Dart