Consider what has been said about heaven and hell by those who are highly revered in our culture. Just a handful of examples:
- "Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." -- Mark Twain
- "In heaven, all the interesting people are missing." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
- "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." -- Stephen Hawking
- "I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse." -- Isaac Asimov
- "I know for a fact that Heaven and Hell are here on Earth." -- Marianne Faithfull
- "Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves -- or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth." -- Ayn Rand
Why in the world do we revere these people, and mock those with an accurate -- which is to say, biblical -- view of heaven and hell?
Fortunately, we have a completely reliable source of truth on this very subject: Jesus Christ Himself.
"Let not your heart be troubled," He is quoted as saying in John 14:1-3. "You believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."
Just as important, in His word He tells us precisely how to get there. If we fail, we'll have only ourselves to blame.