Matt Chandler, lead pastor at the Village Church, Texas, argued in a recent video why some Christians have a wrong impression of what happens in the afterlife.
The video, published last week by the Village Church on YouTube, is entitled “Why We Don’t Go to Heaven in the End,” with Chandler admitting that he had the wrong impression himself when he was growing up.
“I grew up with an understanding that when I died, I would go to Heaven, and that was the end of the story. That I was in Heaven, and was gonna be in the presence of God, and we were gonna sing and there were going to be streets of gold, and there’s going to be a crystal sea.”
He said that he believed that in the afterlife, he was going to be in a “disembodied, ethereal environment, where the Spirit of God was there, God was there in His fullness.”
What is more, he thought that he would be “like an angel or some sort of ethereal body,” rather than a being with a physical presence.
The pastor said that, according to the Bible, “although there might be this time in which we are in Heaven,” 1 Corinthians 15 shows that people “will have resurrected bodies” on a “new Heaven and new earth,” as earth will have been remade.
“You and I will have resurrected bodies and will reign and rule alongside Jesus Christ forever,” he said.
“So it’s not disembodied, but [a] resurrected body. It’s not out there, but it’s actually a place that will be. It’s not as ethereal and ghostly as I think many of us have been taught.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov