Heaven

Eternity: All Praise, All the Time?

What will eternity be like for believers? Recently, in a couple of separate conversations, I heard two believers express the idea that in our eternal state, we won’t care about any of the kinds of things that interest us here and now. We won’t be curious, won’t be seeking answers, won’t be striving to be productive or improve ourselves or our surroundings. One of the two indicated that “ignorance is bliss” and that not knowing or caring about answers to life’s questions will be a key feature of the joy of heaven.

I suggested that there are compelling reasons to believe our experience of life in eternity will not be that different from life as we know it now—that we were created to be curious, creative, intellectual, and productive, not just spiritual and relational, and that our final form must include all of what we were originally intended to be.

So will eternity reveal a glorious perfecting of our original design as humans, or a scrapping of that design for something fundamentally different?

Big Changes

Scripture does provide ample evidence that major changes await believers after this life. One of the most loved examples comes from the apostle John.

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (ESV, 1 John 3:2)

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What Christ Teaches Concerning Future Retribution

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CHAPTER VII - WHAT CHRIST TEACHES CONCERNING FUTURE RETRIBUTION

BY REV. WM. C. PROCTER, F. PH., CROYDON, ENGLAND

There are four reasons for confining our consideration of the subject of Future Retribution to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ:

(1) It limits the range of our inquiry to what is possible in a brief essay. There will be no occasion to examine the 56 passages in the authorized version of our Bible which contain the word “Hell,” (most of which are the translations of the Hebrew “Sheol” and the Greek “Hades,” meaning “the grave” and “the unseen state,”) and we can concentrate our attention on the ten passages in which our Lord uses the word “Gehenna” (which was the usual appellation in His day for the abode of the lost) together with those other verses which evidently refer to the future state of the wicked.

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"Most Americans believe in heaven, hell and a few old-fashioned heresies."

"Two thirds (67 percent) of Americans believe heaven is a real place, according to the survey....Just under half of Americans (45 percent) say there are many ways to heaven... Catholics (67 percent) and Mainline Protestants (55 percent) are most likely to say heaven's gates are wide open, with many ways in. Evangelicals (19 percent) and Black Protestants (33 percent) are more skeptical."  Survey: heaven, hell & a bit of heresy

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