Imagine a world full of love where people get along with each other, where war and murder are distant memories, where justice prevails without fail, where God and his creation enjoy perfect harmony. Each day presents you with a new adventure. Converse with people who lived and died hundreds of years before you. Go camping without worrying about coyotes, swim in the ocean without fearing sharks, hike great mountains without the threat of avalanches. Plant vineyards, cultivate fruit trees, build houses, and enjoy the harvest of the land. Explore every nook and cranny of the ever changing planet. Attend concerts, plays, and worship. This future is what God always wanted for the world.
Renowned science fiction author, Isaac Asimov, put his finger on a major problem facing the “traditional” view of the afterlife.
For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse. –Isaac Asimov
Boredom. I hate boredom. Imagine an eternity, disembodied, staring into a white fuzzy ether as if stuck in the unrelenting grasp of a tractor beam, staring at God’s glory without actually doing anything. Or imagine singing hymns and choruses forever without a break. Now don’t get me wrong, singing songs is wonderful, especially when the music is well-done, however, doing only that forever would get tedious. What’s even worse is that the bible doesn’t advocate such a monotonous future. Sadly, some confused Christians replaced the biblical hope with the heaven-at-death idea and it is high time Christianity returned to God’s vision of the kingdom.
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