Scott Hodge


The Other Side

Dec 30, 2005

I am in the process of writing and studying for a new series we are launching at the Orchard next weekend entitled, "The Other Side: What the ancient scriptures tell us about the afterlife."  And now I need your help.

What questions do you or people you know have about eternity/Heaven/afterlife/etc…? 

The relevancy of this series is huge for anyone who considers themselves human – although, it will definitely hit some people in a greater way than others at this point in time (including me).  But my overall goal for the series is to take our church community on a journey through the Bible and to discover what it has to say about things like Heaven, eternity, etc…  And hopefully, when it’s all said and done, help people become more aware of the reality of Heaven and eternity so that our lives are lived in light of what’s to come VS. just the here and now. 

I’d love your feedback, so comment away! 

10 Responses to “The Other Side”

  1. chip says:

    Will you mention the reality of hell? I noticed that you didn’t use the word in your post. Jesus talked an awful lot about it. It is a real place even if it makes people uncomfortable they should be aware that it is a place to avoid.

  2. Colleen says:

    What will we be doing? Do we work? Will we be living in houses, and with whom are we going to be living with? There is no marriage in heaven, so I dont get it. How old will we be. Are their babies in heaven or is everyone like 30 years old? Will you know your earthly father as your father? OHHHH I have many questions.

  3. Chris says:

    What is the relationship between eternity and time? Is heaven a place where time does not exist? If time does not exist in heaven, can sequence exist? If not, are we already there at the same “time” we are here?
    Also, will all the questions we have no answers for here still be relevant in heaven? Will we get answers, or will answers be moot?

  4. Phil says:

    What will we do? Will we get our questions answered? Will there be a big TV screen where we can look in on any event in human history? A debrief on “what just happened” on earth would be great. Some have suggested durring the 1000 years of peace on earth there will be another rebellion against Christ. Is that true? (ok that’s more of a End Times topic than a Heaven topic)… Will you discuss the 3 different heavens found in scripture (atmosphere, space, and heaven)? Why do we get perfect bodies? Why will we need them? Will Christ just be walking around and hanging out with people? Can we get good food in heaven? Good coffee? Will we need to eat? Are there dogs in heaven? Will we just be constantly praising God all the time? Will that get old? Will we be able to have anything we want? Can we have conversations with our relatives and ancestors? Will Adam, Eve, Abraham, Ethster, Ruth, Paul, Peter, etc. be there? Will people judge me based on the number of jewels I have in my crown (or lack therof)? Will it be a huge mutual admiration society? Will we snicker about those who didn’t make it? Will everyone make it? Will someone ask God, “How come not everyone made it?” Can we get kicked out once we’re “in”. Are there really “pearly gates”? Is there marriage in heaven? Is there sex? Will we have babies? I’m divorced now. If I remarry, who will be my wife in heaven? If she remarrys, who will be her husband? Is everyone going to be able to know what all my sins were on earth? Will my dirty laundry get aired in front of all believers? Can we run in heaven? Hike? Explore? Will there be mountains? Valleys? Water? Kayaking? Is there rain in heaven? What will I wear? Will there be celebrities? Art? Music? Can I still write songs in heaven? Can I conduct a choir of angels? Will we get to hang out with the angels? Will we have servants? Slaves? Will I be a slave? :-) I could go on…

  5. Blair Farley says:

    One thing you can do to go with this series that is cool is to look at what “culture” thinks of when it thinks of the afterlife. There are tons of great movie lines about the afterlife that can be strung together to show that the world is struggling with this concept. Also, I have not watched it yet, but on my TIVO is a Barbara Walters special on heaven. It is from a lot of different religions perspectives of the afterlife. If you could get your hands on it, it might provide some interesting thoughts.

  6. Check out Andrew Peterson’s new CD. He deals a lot with death and dying. It has been speaking to me a lot lately.

  7. Questions? I have lots of questions.
    Will all questions be answered in heaven, or will all questions lose relevance because we’ll be so enamored with the relationship with Christ we’ll finally have? Many of my other questions were asked above. One question is: Will you be posting the sermons here or on the church website? I’d love to read them and of course hear them.

  8. Dave says:

    I know there are at a minimum two things that I am looking forward to in the afterlife. 1. It is written that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy. an 2. Paul wrote that to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ. Just those two things alone is making me incredibly homesick, but I know that when you are full of joy, nothing else seems to matter.

  9. I know a question that a lot of people have is if people end their lives here on Earth by committing suicide, will they be in heaven? I have heard conflicting viewpoints (when I was a teenager) by two pastors at the same church.

  10. Todd Ruth says:

    One question people ask is will I be married to my spouse in heaven and/or will we even know each other… also, some kids have asked, will my dog be in heaven with me.

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