The father of a friend at work recently passed away. It was unexpected. My friend is a Christian, and it was evident, from talking with him when he returned to work, that his faith helped him and his family cope with the trauma and grief.
What was interesting, as he found out and we both discussed, was how other people at work reacted to the news of his father's passing. One person, in particular, made a telling comment. When discussing what had transpired within the family after his father's death, my friend said, "We're doing good, though, because we know he's in a better place." The other co-worker, a non-Christian, then responded, "That's a nice way to look at it."
"That's a nice way to look at it." The statement, and the tone with which it was made, could have been paraphrased as: "Even though it is purely fantasy, thinking that your father still exists somewhere is a good way to help you feel better."
That day, my friend and I both got a clearer understanding of the hope we have, as Christians, in the Resurrection and the Life. And we also got a clearer understanding of the utter lack of hope those without Christ must deal with. I pray that our lives, and not just our words, emulate that hope to those in this world who lack it. And I pray that our lives are lived in a manner which indicates that we really believe that heaven exists.
Yes, that's a nice way to look at it; but only if it's true.