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Heaven — what does it look like?
That’s a question many have sought to find an answer to, and yet a true description of heaven’s appearance is nowhere to be found.
According to a 2013 Harris poll, 68 percent of Americans believe in heaven. People who believe in heaven are actually happier, according to a new study. But there are naysayers when it comes to the afterlife. The amount of people who believe in heaven is actually down from the 85 percent from a decade ago, according to Fox News. And some, like Stephen Hawking, have called heaven a fairy tale.
But, again, what would it look like?
There have been different ideas of what heaven is. Here’s a look at 10 of those ideas:
Whatever gives you peace
It was earlier this year that the story of Colton Burpo and his images of heaven were explored in the film “Heaven Is for Real.” Based on a book with the same title, Burpo’s image of heaven featured an exceptional presence of Jesus, who had blue eyes, according to Deseret News National. He learned things about his family he didn’t know about — like he had a sister who died shortly after birth. The movie explained that Burpo’s ultimate idea of heaven is whatever gives you peace and solace.
Sweet and funny
The late Robin Williams has his own ideas of heaven. In this video, Williams explained that he wanted heaven to have seating near the front, some Mozart and Elvis playing and just a bunch of laughter. He said it’d be great to hear God tell a joke — even a religious one — to help break the ice between people.
Something nice back home
To each his own, right? Well that’s especially the case for Ernest Hemingway, whose ideal image of heaven included a bull ring and something a little less lavish than one might assume, he wrote in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“To me a heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town,” the letter read.
There’s nothing to see
C.S. Lewis spent a good part of his life writing about and discussing religion. And a part of that included thoughts of heaven, hell and the afterlife. His idea of heaven is simple — it’s incomprehensible, according to C.S. Lewis’ website.
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