Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What’s Heaven Really Like?

We got onto the subject of heaven this evening at dinner and had a rousing discussion on what heaven will be like. The first question was would you know other people, particularly your relatives. Hmm. What about half-brothers and people who’ve been married more than once? How would you ever sort all that out? (See Matt. 22:30 for part of that answer.)

Zach wanted to know about the transportation system. I thought it would be a monorail. He then wondered if you could long board [skateboard] in heaven. That’s definitely out, because it would mess up the gold streets. Now that I think about it though, that’s what would happen in our fallen world; it’ll probably be just fine in heaven.

He also wondered about breaks in between all the singing and worshiping. Would there be time for sports? I think there’ll be cloud jumping, the softest eight seconds in sports (a reference to Professional Bull Riding for the uninitiated).

Then there’s the problem of so many people to accommodate. How does everybody see and hear God. I thought Zach had a great idea – the earth could be flattened out so you wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to see over the horizon, and thus could see the “stage” (except of course the stage is in heaven, not here). No, it’s more like Joel Osteen’s church. Really huge with a gigantic jumbotron. The apostles and really important people (DP’s and such) would get their own luxury boxes. You’d be able to see all the camera flashes going off in the background. Quite a spectacle.

Okay. That sounds a little bit like a theology of glory. I can’t wait to see what it’ll really be like. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” (Job 19:25-27 ESV)


Bror Erickson said...

I always picture heaven as being a mansion on an Isle like Cuba with a Tobacco plantation in the back and vineyards to the side. where I will be able to offer incense to God in the form of torpedoes, and drink the finest of wines, not worrying about cancer or drunkenness. No cloud jumping. And apples that taste like a Rib Eye medium rare, or maybe rack of lamb, right off the grill.

Raggedy Lamb said...

Funny you should bring that up. Yesterday as I was driving home, I was wondering how much time I'd get to spend with Jesus one on one! Why was I even thinking about that? Probably because that's He's the only reason I'll get there at all. And even in my anticipation I was wondering if I'd get to see Him every day or would it be like an annual family reunion or what? ;-) Silly me.

Another thought I had once when listening to John W. Montgomery, was that finally when I sit in on lectures or academic studies, I'll understand what's being taught to me. I've always liked learning, but never cared for the studying part of it.

Ah, well..... until then.

Kurt Onken said...

Forget the Rib Eye...I'm looking forward to the best bacon cheeseburgers I've ever had!

Were you in church that day, Scott, when I mentioned how much Julie and I loved Trotter's (in Auburn) burger special? The next Sunday I was deluged with clipped coupons for burger specials at Trotter's.

Scott Diekmann said...

I don't think I was there that day Pastor Onken, but it's making me hungry thinking about it.