OK, so it is the day you bite the dust. What now?
If I were Catholic, I assume I would be assigned a really big rock to push up a steep hill for 10,000 years for my indiscretions with the underwear section of the Sear catalogue or National Geographic, the Africa addition (hopefully one of you will be thoughtful enough to buy me an indulgence).
If I were Hindu or Buddhist, I would probably find myself in the maternity ward again.
Mormon, looking at landscaping swatches for my new planet.
Muslim, I am being fed grapes and fanned by 10,000 virgins who will soon be out of work.
But alas I am protestant (which means I can wear a French tickler).
// end of silly part.
Seriously, has anyone read a decent theology of heaven? I myself have not. I am left with my failing memory of bits of scripture, sermons, and Sunday school lessons.
This question was triggered by yesterdayâ€™s sermon. It was about spending eternity with God. But the focus was (and rightly so) on the how, not the what. The scripture passage was in Revelationsâ€¦blah blah blahâ€¦no more sorrowâ€¦the sea will cease. I cannot remember exactly and I am too lazy right now to look it up.
Here is everything I can remember about heavenâ€¦no more sorrowâ€¦streets of goldâ€¦going to prepare a placeâ€¦tree of lifeâ€¦marriage supperâ€¦bride of Christâ€¦
But here is my question: What are we going to be doing? Whenever I ask people this question, the answer is always being with/enjoying God. Got it. God will be there. But what does that mean? Are we just sitting around in the lobby of heaven being grateful to be there?
Is it worship? If it is, it would have to be radically different than anything on this side that I have experienced. If it is us verbalizing our praise, I would think it would eventually grow stale like the prayer in the Monty Python boarding school. â€œOh Lord you are so bigâ€¦so absolutely huge.â€ I canâ€™t imagine that being fulfilling for either party for all of eternity.
I know I have definite ideas about what happens on the other side, but I have little to no evidence that what I think is orthodox. Again, I have not read anything coherent about the other side.