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Heaven's for Real Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5

Heaven's for Real

Angels and white light and pretty trees -- we've heard these afterlife visions before. But this vision of heaven isn't what we were expecting.

At a Glance

Dr. Eben Alexander, a Harvard-trained neurobiologist, is no slouch when it comes to his credentials as a scientist and researcher. That's one reason why his book, Proof of Heaven, is so interesting. He wrote it after returning from a trip into a coma from which his colleagues thought he'd never return. But he did. His story is a natural starting point for a discussion of our text in which John, in a vision, not a coma, sees a new heaven and a new earth.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Cursive Obedience," May 16, 2004, at

"See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away" (Revelation 21:3-4).

We read these words at the funerals of friends and family because they are so wonderfully comforting. They lift...

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