A Dull Eternity?

Do Christians really expect to be bored in Heaven?

Life is likely more boring than Heaven will ever be.
Life is likely more boring than Heaven will ever be. | Source

In a Letter to the Editor of “Time” ("Time", April 30, 2012 issue, Page 8) a writer took issue with the view of some American Christians that picture (here I quote the writer) “…heaven as quiet and peaceful, with no need to do anything. Sounds pretty dull to me. What do you do with all of that free time? And it goes on forever and ever!”

I am not over simplifying, if I give a friend’s reply when I asked him the same question: “Well, I know the first thing I am going to do! I am going to learn to call everyone by their first name.”

Now, if that is not enough to satisfy the unimaginative letter writer, I will add a second challenge: when you get to heaven (and have learned to call everyone by their first name), why not learn to converse with everyone in their birth language?

I personally feel sure that God will have new duties and responsibilities for each of us, probably more important than the two, which my friend and I have suggested.

Perhaps then, if not before, we will be able to fully appreciate the joys of doing what God asks us to do.


© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Your view of Heaven....

Which of these views of Heaven do you think is likely?

  • Serenity and peaceful repose
  • Endless activity at the request of God
  • Endless singing songs of praise before the throne of God
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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Great Hub. No, eternity with our Lord will be anything but dull to say the least! We will be singing praises to Him and see things that no eye on this earth has seen or even able comprehend of such. It will be marvelous, and the time in eternity will not seem like an eternity, but just a fleeting moment of pure joy and peace. This is just what I believe. Thanks for writing this hub. Voted up. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

I couldn't really choose among your options because I think it will be beyond anything we can conceive. I agree it will be much more than the placid family renunion in some popular descriptions.

Action and praise will be one, perhaps.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Faith Reaper and KrisL: We have all eternity, if we can, to find out the real answers to the poll questions. I suspect you are both right, even in stating that we can't even conceive what the eternities will be like...surely not "dull" though.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

I believe it will be peaceful and serene with acute awareness and understanding. We will see those we have known before time and we will see those we knew in life and we will see them with totally compassionate and thoroughly understanding eyes and heart. We will feel love so abundantly, like we have never felt on earth before, for people are limited in what they can give. I had a sick mother, for example, whom I have never known in life as my mother but only as a woman, but when I see her she will be there very happy. There will be beauty all around, and like the bible tells us through Isiah, the "lion will lie with the calf." There will be praises to God that emanate from within us and outside us but no words need be spoken, but we might sing. We will laugh and if we cry they will be tears of joy. No pain, no suffering any more. Carl Jung once asked in his writing "Answer to Job," Is God lonely? If you were all spirit and all knowing like God, wouldn't you want to share it? It will be glorious and something unimaginable because it is spirit. But most of all it will be felt love that not even a loving parent can emulate.


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

There is no way that heaven could be dull...Earth is not dull, just full of sin...heaven will be earth without sin, without pain, without hate...just God's love and glorious and beautiful creations beyond anything our mortal minds could imagine. And what could be better than conversing with Jesus and having all of our Biblical questions answered by God's son? I love what God has given and blessed me with here, but heaven....ohhh...I can hardly wait.


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glmclendon 4 years ago

How could you be with God the Father and have a dull time?

Something must be wrong with you or Heaven.

Stay Well


Perspycacious profile image

Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: I hope we will also get some answers from other faiths, for the Christian view of Heaven is already traditionally viewed by most Christians, except for the 3 degrees of glory mentioned in the Bible. I appreciate the serious thught you put into all your writings.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

sallieannluvslife: Just as in a classroom setting, we will just have to wait until we are called upon. I do recall the account of the creation of the earth, and I have to believe that it was created with the beauty a God could put here for his spirit children to be reminded of Him. To the extent that there is a celestial glory exceeding this terrestrial glory, it shall certainly come from the closeness righteous believers can enjoy with Him there. The scriptures tell us that we can have Christ and our Heavenly Father abide with us here, even before death, are you familiar with that Bible scripture? (John 14:23)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

glmclendon: Something must indeed be wrong, if there is such a person. I doubt somehow that such a person would be ready for what he or she would find Heaven to be like, if they can abide there.


Jhudah 4 years ago

I believe heaven is a beautiful place. I'm sure that the Almighty Father has something special for all of His children.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh yes singing praises...we will be very busy...it will be fun....debbie


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

Perspycacious - Yes, we can abide with Him here - but in this day and age there is that "other" (which is even greater than the devil himiself) that is doing everything it can to make us sick so it is not felt. I do believe God is a little angry about it too.


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

Absolutely! - God sent the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) to be present with us on this Earth to serve as Helper and Teacher after Jesus' ascension! I really meant seeing Jesus face to face and being able to ask Him all the questions it is so difficult to find the answers to while here - fill in all the blanks for me, so to speak! :)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: Faithful and righteous to the end of our mortality is the key. We cannot determine what others will do. We can become rulers of ourselves. I have told the story before of the Iranian who won the gold medal in judo and was so popular he was considered a threat by the evil forces of his day. Arrested and repeatedly tortured he was hauled back to be tortured again and the persecutors saw that he had bled himself enough to put a red circle on the front of his shirt over his heart. They asked what that was for. He said "You can control what you do to my body, but you have no power over my soul. That is to give you a place to aim when you are done with what you can do to my body." They eventually shot him when they were done sith their sadism, and sent a bill for the bullet to his mother, who had a heart attack when told of his death.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

sallieannluvslife : Seize the day, and make it glorious, don't let this day be one of those blanks unfilled. Christ will want answers from us, too, though he knows what each truthful answer will be.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

I think heaven would be serenity and peaceful because you would not have to worry about painful accidents, bills, death and sorrow. And I think the internet will be more advanced in heaven. Think about that!!!


Perspycacious profile image

Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

flashmakeit: I suspect everything can be "more advanced" with all eternity to make it so and in harmony with God and the righteous.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

Perspy . Thanks.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I truly believe there will be plenty to do and each day will bring new challenges and we'll get to learn so much we didn't understand up to now. Thank you for this thought provoking and inspiring hub. God bless.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: You are so very welcome.

Gypsy Rose Lee: If a Hubber can inspire and provoke thought (either of those) with any Hub, chances are they would feel their Hub was a successful one. Thanks for the Comment. Keep the faith and let Latvians know what real Americans are like by your example. May God bless you, too.


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Bonitaanna 4 years ago from Oil City, PA

By no means will Heaven be dull. First there will be a lot of celebration as the people arrive there. There are 7 levels of heaven I understand. There will be a lot for all of us to learn, but that is okay, since there is no night and we will never tire or get sick. My girlfriend was in a coma for almost 5 months and she sat on a rock in the river with her legs in the water. She said it was thicker like oil. She said that people were being pulled up by the angels from out of the water. Also people were parading in the streets and singing and celebrating our Lord. Then Jesus came out to her and told her it was not her time and to look in the water. She said, who is that down there laying on a bed with tube everywhere. He said that is you and now you must go back and get in that body. She asked Him, how can that be me when I am up here. He said because you almost died, but you didn't because it is not your time. Now go back, she pleaded again and he said no, then she woke up in her body. She was paralized from the neck down and only weighed 54 lbs. Now she walks but when she was in the coma she had a stroke. She was only 19 then, now she is 54. Jesus stood at her bed that night for a few moments. She tried to scream and talk and nothing came out. He told her, woman, I am only a breath away, then he left.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Bonitaanna: Thanks for sharing your friend's story. There are many such stories. E.g. a woman in a coma sat up in her bed, looked to an upper corner in her room and said with a smile "Are you the angels who've come to take me home?" With that smile still beaming, she lay back down and died.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Bonitaanna added this comment to her friend's story: "She also woke up and her legs were wet from the knees down and the nurses and doctors were wondering how her legs got so wet and not the rest of her body. Bonita"

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