What is the Christian hope for the future? Despite much teaching to the contrary, there is very little biblical emphasis upon heaven in the New Testament. The immortality of the soul is not what distinguishes Christianity from its competitors. What distinguishes Christianity is its insistence that because Jesus rose from the dead, we too shall rise from the dead. And it is this hope, a hope that stands front and center in the New Testament, that has been pushed to the periphery in the modern Church. But it has been pushed there to our peril – as Paul explains in Romans 8.