Alan Dean Artist
The Promise of God What is Heaven In   God’s   Holy   Books   He   states   that   the   only   reason   He   created   mankind   is   to   see   who   is   best   in   good   conduct   so   He   will   know   to   whom   to   give His   best   rewards   to   in   Heaven   or   His   worse   punishment   to   in   hell   in   the   next   life.   It   is   not   enough   to   just   believe   in   God   you   must   also   believe   in the   promise   of   God   that   those   who   believe   in   Him   alone,   the   last   day   and   work   righteousness   will   be   blessed   in   the   next   life   to   live   forever   in   a beautiful   paradise   we   know   as   Heaven.   The   only   reason   why   someone   would   obey   God’s   commands   in   this   life   is   because   this   person   wants   to be   of   those   who   will   be   blessed   in   the   next   life   to   live   forever   in   the   happiness   of   Heaven   not   with   those   who   will   live   forever   in   the   torment   of hell. We   are   told   in   God’s   Holy   Books   that   it   was Abraham   who   delivered   this   message   and    promise   from   God   to   the   world.   I   believe   God   chose Abraham   to   be   the   one   to   deliver   this   message   and   to   be   the   father   of   all   religions   to   come   because   he   set   the   best   example   for   mankind   on   what someone must believe, say   and do to be considered a righteous person by God to be of those who will be blessed to go to Heaven. However,   I   don’t   believe   that   most   people   today   really   understand   what   it   is   that   God   is   promising   His   righteous   believers,   or   have   the   correct understanding   of   Heaven.   I   have   seen   many   movies,   heard   many   stories   and   read   many   books   but   I   have   not   seen,   heard   or   read   one   beautiful story   told   about   Heaven. All   that   I   have   seen   are   pictures   of   white   clouds   and   people   walking   around   in   all   white   wearing   bird’s   wings   on   their backs   but   this   is   not   the   Heaven   that   I   understand   is   promised   to   the   righteous   believers   by   God.   I   have   no   doubt   that   God   is   promising   His righteous   people   that   they   will   be   blessed   to   live   forever   in   a   real   physical   place   like   earth   that   will   be   a   paradise   where   we   will   live   forever   and never   die   again.   Yes,   a   physical   place   where   we   will   have   physical   bodies,   a   place   that   will   have   beautiful   gardens   and   where   rivers   will   flow beneath   our   feet.   A   place   where   the   righteous   will   live   in   palaces,   where   they   will   have   everything   that   they   want,   where   everything   will   be made   easy   and   enjoyable   for   them. A   place   where   the   righteous   will   have   mates,   families   and   friends   where   happiness   will   be   everywhere   and with   everyone   forever.   I   believe   it   is   very   important   that   a   person   have   the   correct   perspective   of   the   Heaven   that   is   promised   by   God   if   this person   is   going   to   strive   to   do   good   deeds   and   obey   God’s   commands   in   this   life   to   please   God   to   go   there.   If   a   person   does   not   have   the   correct perspective   of   Heaven,   why   should   this   person   strive   to   be   righteous   to   go   there?   I   don’t   believe   that   anybody   is   looking   forward   to   going   to   a heaven   where   everyone   is   walking   around   as   spirits   with   no   physical   bodies   living   in   white   clouds   where   they   may   or   may   not   get   their   wings one day. To   have   a   scale   in   which   to   judge   who   is   best   in   good   conduct   God   gave   us   in   this   life   the   freedom   of   choice   whether   to   obey   Him   or   disobey Him.   No   one   can   make   anyone   else   do   what   is   right,   you   must   make   that   decision   for   yourself   and   the   next   person   must   make   that   decision   for himself   or   herself.   God   designed   this   life   to   give   everyone   the   opportunity   to   make   his   or   her   own   choice   whether   to   believe   in   Him   and   be   of those   who   are   grateful   or   not   to   believe   in   God   and   be   of   those   who   are   ungrateful.   If   a   person   is   forced   to   or   was   made   to   do   good   deeds   by God   this   person   won’t   be   able   to   understand   or   see   the   value   in   doing   good.   Giving   us   the   ability   to   make   that   choice   for   ourselves   means   that this   is   what   we   wanted   to   do   not   what   we   were   forced   to   do,   and   I   believe   this   will   also   give   us   the   ability   to   be   able   to   appreciate   what   has   been given   to   us   by   God.   God   gave   us   the   freedom   of   choice   because   He   wants   to   know   who   is   best   in   good   conduct   so   He   will   know   to   whom   to give   His   best   rewards   to   so   this   must   also   mean   that   there   will   be   different   levels   of   Heaven   according   to   our   good   deeds   and   different   levels   of hell according to our bad deeds. Those   who   don’t   believe   in   God   or   life   after   death   will   perhaps   ask   the   question   if   God   can   give   us   a   life   that   will   last   forever   in   the   next   life after   we   die   why   didn’t   He   give   it   to   us   in   this   life? Think   about   it,   if   God   blessed   us   to   live   forever   in   this   life   before   the   free   choice   is   made   by all   of   us   to   either   obey   God   or   not   then   look   at   how   long   the   righteous   people   would   end   up   living   with   those   who   made   the   choice   to   disobey God   and   became   evil.   Living   forever   with   those   who   are   evil   would   not   be   a   good   life,   it   would   eventually   just   be   a   hell   like   life   is   becoming today   on   earth. The   true   believer   in   God   has   no   problem   believing   that   God   can   raise   the   dead   and   will   give   them   a   new   life   that   will   last   forever because He didn’t have a problem giving us this first life. This   life   may   sometimes   seem   unfair   to   many   but   The   Day   of   Judgment   will   be   an   event   based   entirely   on   justice,   and   everyone   will   receive just   what   he   or   she   has   earned.   However,   those   who   will   be   blessed   to   go   to   Heaven   will   receive   much   more   than   they   have   earned   for   God promises   to   bless   them   according   to   the   best   of   their   good   deeds   and   to   overlook   even   the   worst   of   their   bad   deeds.   No   matter   what   you   have done   wrong   in   your   life   for   which   you   may   think   that   God   will   not   forgive   you;   if   you   would   turn   to   God   the   Creator   in   true   repentance   by obeying   His   laws   and   by   striving   to   do   righteous   deeds   God   promises   to   forgive   you   of   everything   in   your   past   and   bless   you   to   be   of   those   who will live in everlasting happiness in Heaven. Many   people   today   believe   that   we   hold   our   destiny   in   our   own   hands   but   we   do   not   because   our   existence   is   still   in   God’s   hands.   If   we   used what   God   has   given   us   to   strive   to   please   Him   and   do   good   deeds   for   ourselves   and   others   I   believe   God   will   continue   to   bless   us   with happiness   and   prosperity.   I   believe   that   He   will   allow   us   to   continue   to   enjoy   his   blessing   for   an   appointed   time   here   on   this   earth   and   we   will also find that his promises of Heaven in the next life to be true. However,   if   God   becomes   displeased   with   us   because   we   have   chosen   to   follow   Satan   our   avid   enemy   into   every   kind   of   selfish,   vain,   and shameful   acts   imaginable   I   fear   that   we   will   be   called   to   account   in   this   lifetime.   I   fear   this   because   we   are   enjoying   so   much   above   anyone   else in   history   and   the   rest   of   the   world   today.   However,   I   believe   that   we   the   righteous   people   who   are   willing   to   obey   God   today   can   rise   up   and meet   this   challenge   and   maybe   even   end   up   pleasing   God   more   than   any   other   people   in   the   history   of   humanity.   Why   not   believe   in   the   best   of humanity?   I   run   into   so   many   people   who   choose   to   believe   the   worst   in   others   and   it   seems   to   bring   out   the   worse   in   them.   God   tells   us   in   the Holy   Quran   to   strive   as   in   a   race   to   all   that   is   good   so   I   am   inviting   all   righteous   people   of   the   world   to   join   me   in   this   race   towards   all   that   is good. 

The Promise of God

May God’s Peace and Blessings be with You