Is it not possible for Jesus to reveal heaven to someone as in instance of richman and Lazarus?
Indeed Jesus reveals heaven and himself to people today, especially muslims, and as a result many are converted. My point, however, was not about revelation of heaven or hell, but about near-death experiences, where people claim they left their body and actually visited heaven. They may have had an experience alright, but I doubt if it was heaven. Remember: “ No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man” (John 3:13).
The nearest thing to out of the body visit to heaven was apostle Paul. “And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows- 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell”
- He only went to paradise (third heaven), because Jesus is still preparing a place for the saints, and no one will go to heaven without a resurrected body.
- More importantly he heard things “that no one is permitted to tell”. So how come people have a lot to tell today?
How do we make God “fun” and not laborious to this generation? If we can crack that half the battle is won.
We don’t have to make God “fun” to the youth of today. We only need to make God known. Only God can bring true fun to anybody, especially the youth of today. A large cross-section of this generation is grappling with life’s issues that are not fun at all. Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. More and more young adults and teenagers feel unhappy, depressed, and downright sad — that’s the alarming tendency that the surveys held among young people during recent years have shown. According to the latest figures, there has been a drastic increase in mood disorders and psychological distress in today’s teenagers and young adults. Social media, various messengers, and other attributes of the digital world affect a growing person to a much greater extent than we think. The amount of real communication seems to have already reached its minimum. Kids spend all their leisure time chatting with friends online or watching YouTube videos, the content of which might also be the reason for their mood disorders and feelings of unhappiness.
This problem isn’t something any of us can fix. Only God can do it. To many young people God is no more than an idea. When we ask them to get saved, it is an idea about God we point them to.
The level of God consciousness was greater in the 60s. Anyone getting saved then met with God in more tangible, life transforming way. As His presence faded the church was forced into a compromise. It became a purpose driven church. We offer deals with the unbelievers. They fill decision cards rather than, under conviction, plead with God for mercy. So, our youth take our word for it that God exists, but by and large their hearts are not ‘strangely warmed’ like the Emmaus Christians. That is why we need a fresh visitation of the Holy Spirit in revival. The last revival in the UK was 68 years ago.