6 September 2012

Justin Martyr: Going to Heaven?

justin martyrIf our preaching declares the hope of heaven when we die, but does not declare the resurrection, is it a Christian proclamation?

For I choose to follow not men or men’s doctrines, but God and the doctrines [delivered] by Him. For if you have fallen in with some who are called Christians, but who do not admit this [truth], and venture to blaspheme the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; who say there is no resurrection of the dead, and that their souls, when they die, are taken to heaven; do not imagine that they are Christians…  Dialogue with Trypho, LXXX