When I was a baby Christian I thought the Bible and church was ‘religion.’ Eternity scared me. Will I have to sit on a cloud, play harp and sing for millions of years? I cannot play a musical instrument or sing. While at school, a teacher innocently gave me a bugle to practise on. I amused my family for about a week with the hoarse honks of the bugle (all the sound I could get out of it). It was a great relief to them when I gave it back.
# Later I discovered that the Bible is not a religious book.
It is a practical book filled with the history of how God gathers a people to be His very own and who will spend eternity with Him on the new earth. We will be busy. I will not sit on a cloud, singing and playing harp eternally.
# Scripture teaches about God’s Kingdom.
- According to Luke 17 there is an ‘intermediate’ stage after we die when God’s people will be in heaven at Abraham’s side. But God’s eternal plan for man is to eventually live with Him in love, peace and happiness on the new earth and heaven, ’’And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.’” Revelation 21:3
- On this side of the grave, God gathers His people. All 66 books of the Bible explain God’s plan. After Jesus has prepared everything and destroyed the kingdom of Satan, God will come down from heaven and live among us in the age to come.
What an immense relief to realise Scripture is about real things: a real God and a real nation that will live in harmony on the renewed earth. No harp playing on a cloud.