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Heaven's Anything But Boring!

By Roger W. Thomas

 

Heaven confuses many people. Some don't understand much about it. Others are convinced they know all they want to know and have decided they aren't interested. A lot of people think heaven sounds boring with a capital B!

Huck Finn said that he thought heaven was a place where a person would "go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever." I have never heard any of you play the harp. I have heard some of you sing. With all due respect, I don't think much of the idea of spending forever listening to either. Undoubtedly it was this perspective that led Mark Twain to write on another occasion, "I'll take Heaven for the climate and Hell for the society."

A few years ago, the subject of heaven came up in a speech before the National Press Club by Ted Turner, the millionaire founder and former owner of CCN. Turner is sometimes not so affectionately called "the mouth of the South." I don't know the context. Perhaps someone had asked him about his ex-wife Jane Fonda's professed conversion to Christ. I suspect Turner spoke for a lot of people when he said, "Heaven is going to be a mighty slender place. And most of the people I know in life aren't going to be there. There are a few notable exceptions and I'll miss them . . . Heaven is perfect. Who wants to go to a place that's perfect? Boring. Boring."

Heaven will be a lot of things — beautiful, gorgeous, magnificent, marvelous, amazing, fantastic, surprising, radiant! But boring isn't one of them! That notion is one of Satan's big lies. The Deceiver will do anything he can to discourage saints and sinners alike from becoming too enthusiastic about what God has in store for those who love him. Two tactics have proven especially effective. He paints hell as one big party and heaven as a bunch of monks standing around watching paint dry.

Revelation 21 Revelation 22 sets the record straight once and for all. Scattered throughout these two climactic chapters are an abundance of clues about the true reality of heaven. They assure us that heaven will not be boring. Anything but! Why?

For one thing, there will far too much to explore. Boredom comes from shortened horizons and limited expectations. I remember when our older kids were in upper grade school or junior high. A few days after school was out in June they began to complain about being bored. "There's nothing to do. We're bored!" I'll bet you have heard the same complaint. Of course, all they had been doing all day was sitting around the house watching TV. Like any thoughtful parent I tried to solve their problem by offering to have them mow the lawn, clean house, or wash the windows. That went over like a screen door in a submarine!

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