Reservations for Heaven may be very limited, but assuming that I make the cut, would I be bored spending an eternity there?
Nobody knows what awaits us in the afterlife, but living an eternity on earth would be a nightmare. Over the course of eternity, your body would deteriorate to the point you would be bedridden. Not being able to die as your body failed you would be horrible, indeed.
So, we must assume that matter in Heaven will be different. I assume that we will not have to eat or use the rest room or breathe or have a body that will age ungracefully. Perhaps, thinking will be our primary activity. Knowing the frailties of man, it is quite possible that thinking about anything for an eternity would be a challenge.
It might even be considered cruel and unusual punishment if it becomes solitary confinement within your thought process. So, certainly there will be others to communicate with in Heaven. But what will you communicate? Will you talk about the weather on earth? Will you be able to watch earth’s activities like on a television screen? Will you have animals around you to entertain you? What mental challenges will be at your disposal?
Quite frankly, an eternity is a long time. Will I get bored in Heaven? Will God and the other residents get bored with me? Are there any requirements for being able to stay in Heaven? Or will I want to stay if eternity starts to become an issue? I like to eat cherry pie, but I would get sick of it if I ate it every day.
I believe that God is so unbelievably smart that He will make Heaven inviting for an eternity. My curiosity would be peaked by investigating the billions of galaxies and the billions of potential solar systems in each galaxy. It is very likely that there are many forms of life scattered throughout the universe. I can’t imagine that I would be bored if God allowed me to explore the billions of galaxies. And by the time I had examined them all, things would have changed, so I could reexamine them with different results. The vast universe could not possibly bore me. And if there are multiverses, then it will be even more interesting.
God, I’m certain, has a creation that would keep us in a discovery mode for an eternity. I would be very excited to try living in God’s universe, if I am considered worthy. I guess that is the problem: How does God know if I am Heaven-worthy?
I know that I need to do my best to mirror Jesus and His teachings, but the Beatitudes tell us that we can’t even think bad thoughts. Wow! I missed the boat big time on that one. The Bible indicates that there may be three Heavens, so there may be three tests that we have to pass. And is each heaven a contingency, so you could actually drop back to the past Heaven, depending on your actions in that particular Heaven? The Bible also makes it very clear that only a few will reach God’s universe. Thus, the majority of us will not have an opportunity to even see if Heaven is boring.
What happens to most of us who don’t get a taste of Heaven? I don’t know, but my guess is that we will be recycled in our closed universe’s hopper, which may spit us out in some other form. Will we still be thinking if we return as an ant or bird? I don’t know. Will we still be thinking if we come back as a rock? Or will we still be thinking if we are in limbo in space? Nobody knows. So, will you be bored if you are not in Heaven forever? Being sentenced to this universe for infinity may really be cruel and unusual punishment.
Perhaps the best we could hope for, if we don’t make it to Heaven, is for life to end with there being nothing else beyond that. But the odds of that happening are not very good because matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed in our universe (First Law of Thermodynamics). So, our thinking, which may be both matter and energy, will continue in some form after we die. We just don’t know in what form. And life without consequences or something beyond life would make life absurd (existentialism). However, we have no clue what consequences await us.