“Heaven” – Table of Contents (a book by Randy Alcorn)

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My goal isn’t to copy this entire book (there are appx 500 pages), but to pique your interest enough to want to learn more, then hopefully purchase your own copy for easy reference and to share with others. It’s a very important subject, and to quote Mr. Alcorn: “If my interpretation is accurate of even one-quarter of the Scripture passages I’ve cited in this book, then the Bible says a great deal more about Heaven than many Christians have ever considered.”

I’ll post randomly from the book, but if you see something in the Table of Contents you’d like to ‘read’ about that I haven’t gotten to yet, just leave a comment with the topic and chapter number.

CONTENTS

PART 1
A THEOLOGY OF HEAVEN

•REALIZING OUR DESTINY
Ch 1—Are You Looking Forward to Heaven?
Ch 2—Is Heaven Beyond Our Imagination?
Ch 3—Is Heaven Our Default Destination…or Is Hell?
Ch 4—Can You Know You’re Going to Heaven?

•UNDERSTANDING THE INTERMEDIATE HEAVEN
Ch 5—What Is the Nature of the Intermediate Heaven?
Ch 6—Is the Intermediate Heaven a Physical Place?
Ch 7—What Is Life Like in the Intermediate Heaven?

•GRASPING REDEMPTION’S FAR REACH
Ch 8—This World Is Not Our Home…or Is It?
Ch 9—Why Is Earth’s Redemption Essential to God’s Plan?
Ch 10—What Will It Mean for the Curse to Be Lifted?

•ANTICIPATING RESURRECTION
Ch 11—Why Is Resurrection So Important?
Ch 12—Why Does All Creation Await Our Resurrection?
Ch 13—How Far-Reaching Is the Resurrection?

•SEEING THE EARTH RESTORED
Ch 14—Where and When Will Our Deliverance Come?
Ch 15—Will the Old Earth Be Destroyed…or Renewed?
Ch 16—Will the New Earth Be Familiar…like Home?

•CELEBRATING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Ch 17—What Will It Mean to See God?
Ch 18—What Will It Mean for God to Dwell Among Us?
Ch 19—How Will We Worship God?

•RULING ON THE NEW EARTH
Ch 20—What Does God’s Eternal Kingdom Involve?
Ch 21—Will We Actually Rule With Christ?
Ch 22—How Will We Rule God’s Kingdom?

PART II
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HEAVEN

•WHAT WILL THE RESURRECTED EARTH BE LIKE?
Ch 23—Will the New Earth Be an Edenic Paradise?
Ch 24—What Is the New Jerusalem?
Ch 25—What Will the Great City Be Like?
Ch 26—Will There Be Space and Time?
Ch 27—Will the New Earth Have Sun, Moon, Oceans, and Weather?

•WHAT WILL OUR LIVES BE LIKE?
Ch 28—Will We Be Ourselves?
Ch 29—What Will Our Bodies Be Like?
Ch 30—Will We Eat and Drink on the New Earth?
Ch 31—Will We Be Capable of Sinning?
Ch 32—What Will We Know and Learn?
Ch 33—What Will Our Daily Lives Be Like?

•WHAT WILL OUR RELATIONSHIPS BE LIKE?
Ch 34—Will We Desire Relationships with Anyone Except God?
Ch 35—Will There Be Marriage, Families, and Friendships?
Ch 36—Whom Will We Meet, and What Will We Experience Together?
Ch 37—How Will We Relate To Each Other?
Ch 38—What Will New Earth Society Be Like?

•WHAT ABOUT ANIMALS?
Ch 39—Will Animals Inhabit the New Earth?
Ch 40—Will Animals, Including Our Pets, Live Again?

WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?
Ch 41—Will Heaven Ever Be Boring?
Ch 42—Will There Be Arts, Entertainment, and Sports?
Ch 43—Will Our Dreams Be Fulfilled and Missed Opportunities Regained?
Ch 44—Will We Design Crafts. Technology, and New Modes of Travel?

PART III
LIVING IN LIGHT OF HEAVEN

Ch 45—Reorienting Ourselves to Heaven as Our Home
Ch 46—Anticipating the Great Adventure

Appendix A—Christoplatonism’s False Assumptions
Appendix B—Literal and Figurative Interpretations

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