Monday, May 5, 2014

Heaven Isn't Boring

Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov writes, "I don't believe in the afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse."
In his book, The Journey of Desire, John Eldredge, writes, "Nearly every Christian I have spoken with has some idea that eternity is an unending church service .... We have settled on the image of the never-ending sing-along in the sky, one great hymn after another, forever and ever, amen. And our heart sinks, 'Forever and ever? That's it?  
That's how a lot of people think about heaven—that it's going to be a place where we do nothing or the same thing all eternity long.  In other words, a place that's    b-o-o-o-r-i-n-g! But that is not true. I’m sorry if you’ve gotten the impression that heaven will be boring, because the opposite is the case! Heaven instead will be far more fascinating than anything we’ll ever experience on this earth.

For one thing, God will have work for us to do. Unlike our work on earth, however, it will never be monotonous or dull, nor will we grow tired or weary. The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what will be involved, but whatever it is, we’ll take delight in it and find it completely fulfilling. The Bible says, “No longer will there be any curse…. and his servants will serve him” (Revelation 22:3).

In addition, we’ll have all eternity to explore the riches of God’s creation, including the unimaginable glory of heaven. We also will be reunited with all those who’ve gone to heaven before us, and we’ll understand, as well, all the things we find confusing right now. As the Apostle Paul said, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully” 
(1 Corinthians 13:12).

Billy Graham once wrote, “Don’t be deceived into thinking hell will be a place of fun and excitement; nothing could be farther from the truth. Not one word in the Bible about hell would ever make you want to go there. Instead, put your life into Christ’s hands, and make Him the foundation of your life — and your hope for eternity. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” (Romans 15:13)

Your pastor and partner in ministry,


Praise Report:

Congratulations to Cody Oberheim, Kendra Jermark & Mallory Flaggor who were all baptized Sunday afternoon by Encounter Director, Dr. Jeff Burnett

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