Ever thought about this?
After the death of his son four years ago, evangelist Greg Laurie became a lot more interested in heaven, he said during his sermon at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., Sunday.
“Earlier this week was the four-year mark of the death of my son and that event changed my life,” Laurie said. “I’ve never studied more about heaven like I have the last four years. The other topic is on hope. “You can say that I am a student on [the subjects] of heaven and hope. I didn’t say I was an expert on heaven and hope. I still have a lot to learn.”
Christopher Laurie, who served as the art director at Harvest, was killed on July 24, 2008 at the age of 33 when his vehicle crashed into the back of a Caltrans truck on a freeway in Corona, Calif. He was on his way to Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside.
Laurie’s message on Sunday was a continuation of the series he is doing on the book of Revelation. He asked by way of the title of his sermon, “What do people in heaven know about what is going on here on earth and do they even care?”
“There are two trains of thought on this topic. For some it would seem like that once we’re in heaven we will be so preoccupied with worshipping God that the last thing in our mind would be what’s happening on earth – besides, with all the tragedy and sadness in this world, heaven would just not be heaven if we were made aware of it,” Laurie described.
“Then, the other train of thought is pretty much the opposite of that. People would think that folks up in heaven are sitting and watching our every move almost like it’s their form of entertainment,” he said. “They would even think that sometimes those in heaven might be intervening in our lives and directing our steps and helping us to know what to do.”
Laurie added, “You might be surprised to know that I believe both views are actually incorrect.”
“The question might be well, why would you even care about this? The answer is you will care if you have a loved one in heaven,” he said.
Pointing to scripture found in Revelation, Luke chapters 15 and 16, Laurie explained that he believes that people in heaven have knowledge of what is happening on earth.
“Let me take it a step further. I think people in heaven know a lot more about earth than we may realize,” he said. “People in eternity are aware of the fact that loved ones are not saved. This is based on Luke 16 … In the afterlife we are the same person with real memories of earth. You will know more in heaven than you will on earth, not less. We don’t all get a collective lobotomy when we go to glory.”
Continued at The Christian Post