Is Heaven Possible?

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Is it possible to have a society where people voluntarily give others what they need, to the point of ending poverty and hunger? Is it attainable to live in a country where medical care, food, and shelter are strictly handled as human rights and, therefore, free of any charge?  I dream of a society where people treat each other with respect and dignity.  Where citizens do not talk to each other because of hopes of obtaining some personal gain, but because of genuine care.  A society where the needs of others are as important as the need of the self.  The current government has tried to help those in great need through mandatory federal programs, such as social security, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.  But the problem remains.  I am not an expert in economics, politics, or finances.  I am just an ordinary citizen who realizes that this country- this world- needs to change for the better.  It is sad to stop and realize that the poor continues to be poor, and the rich continues to be rich.  I am not a socialist, which is why I believe that a society where people give voluntarily would be the best one.  But my question remains, is this even  possible?

I have wanted to work in a place where I serve the poor, but I have found myself doing a lot of administrative work instead.  The ordinary routine of everyday life remains the main barrier to living this dream I have.  It prevents me from living the Kingdom.  Instead, it has become a living hell. And hell is exactly what so many of these needy people experience on a daily basis, in the midst of wars, abuse, abandonment, and financial crisis.   So many barriers, bureaucracy, politics, and rules that do not permit me from doing what I want to do.  My heart hurts when I see the continuation of the injustice and suffering of the “least of these”.  I can say that hell surely exists here on earth, but what about heaven?  Does it exist here on earth?

Jesus said that I should be blessed for having “hunger for righteousness”.  Am I truly blessed?  Jesus told Pilate “My Kingdom is not of this world” and also “I came to be the witness of the Truth”.  Was he trying to start a new society, which he called the Kingdom of Heaven?  Was he trying to start a new social and political movement, which was violently opposed  by the officers of the already settled society, which ultimately put Jesus to death, accusing him of blasphemy against the Jewish God, and revolution against the Roman empire?  And if so, did he fail or did he somehow managed to start this new society which is now called the church?

I recognize that this post has more questions than answers.  But the truth is that life in general has more questions that we must ask than the answers we can come up with.  I do know and believe that Jesus taught us to live on this earth as it is lived in heaven.  He commanded us to give up everything to the poor (Mark 10:21), to be  humble (Mathew 11:28) to have mercy (Mathew 5:7), to fight for righteousness and peace (Mathew 6:33), to have clean heart (Mathew 5:8 ), and to simply be like children (Mathew 18:2-6 ) among other things.  But first of all, he taught us to depend on God.  Can we do this as human beings?  Can we let go of our prejudices, biases, and self serving habits and start serving those that need it the most?  What does it take for us to move forward and live the Kingdom of Heaven?

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

7 responses to “Is Heaven Possible?

  • theWomanAtTheWell

    Wow, I am challenged by this post, my church pastor founded a group called Saving Moses that attempts to help the very people you are burdened to help. Sometimes, even though the burden He gives us is “light”, the cross we must “take up” to endure the burden can be heavier than anything known to man. May God lift your heavy heart.-watw

  • Hopeful_watcher

    Jesus said that the poor will always be among us. Was this Jesus being cynical or is there something more to it? The main issue that is often overlooked (and he wants it that way) is that Satan is omitted from the equation. It is an unfortunate reality that Satan is prince of this world and as long as that remains true, we will always have hunger, poverty, strife and war. Noel, I invite you to read my thesis that talks about how subtle his deception really is. I would love to get your impression of if you feel it taps into the spirit of truth. I pray that it does.

  • Cindy Holman

    This is a tall order, Noel – and one that I struggle with too. It’s hard to find the balance for things we cannot always control, let alone understand. I believe it is about the heart condition for sure – and not turning a “blind-eye” to the great needs of others.

  • Christopher C. Randolph

    I heard a preacher say words to the effect that, “God wants us to be faithful, not successful.” So, our faith is our success. Keep uup the good work(s), Noel and don’t be discouraged. God knows your heart.

    God Bles,

    Christopher

  • hifzan shafiee

    It can be done, many people will join you you if you started it. I should start with our self.

  • sharinhislove

    You are a blessing to me. I can feel your heart, and it is beautiful. Be encouraged to Keep on keeping on, as you not only minister to those who are around you, but to us who are your readers. Your thoughts are challenging and provocative. I will dwell on them. Blessings to you. Always in our prayers. Sharon

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