Howard Snyder – Why I Don’t Expect to Go to Heaven

Do you expect to ‘go to heaven after you die? Many people do. This is part of the vulgata in much of conservative Christianity. Howard Snyder, who is a radical Methodist theologian, believes this hope is misplaced and incompatible with biblical revelation.

Here is why he believes that will NOT ‘go to heaven’ when he dies:

1. Because when Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you,” he didn’t mention heaven (John 14:2-4).

2. Because the “place” Jesus refers to in John 14 is only dimensionally, not geographically or spatially, distant from earth.

3. Because “the word was made flesh,” not just spirit (John 1:14).

4. Because Jesus physically rose from the dead and made it plain he was no ghost or apparition or mere spirit.

5. Because Jesus did not leave his flesh behind when he ascended to heaven.

6. Because Romans 8:21-23 promises “the redemption of our bodies” when all creation is “set free from its bondage to decay.”

7. Because Peter preached that we are now waiting for Jesus to return “to restore everything, as [God] promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts 3:21).

Read HERE the rest of his 15 motives.

What do you think?

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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