a question for Christians – what is heaven like?
As far as I can tell, Christians seem to have quite differing expectations of their impending afterlife. A quick google of Christian sites brings some interesting visions.
Some believe their god God sits on a physical chair traditionally reserved for human kings while supernatural beings sing about how great she/he is:
heaven is unseen and is the residence of God, including Jesus Christ. This is where the dead martyrs and saints are today. This is the location of the throne of God and where the holy angels surrounding His throne sing day and night, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord our God. (whatchristianswanttoknow.com)
It seems unlikely to me that an all-powerful superbeing would enjoy this form of endless adulation, or would feel it necessary to be reassured of her/his greatness by lesser beings.
Some people are expecting opulence and earthly tokens of luxury and wealth in heaven:
Most of us have heard that heaven is a place where the streets are paved with gold, the gates are made of pearl, and the walls made of precious jewels. Those images come from Revelation 21, which offers us the most extended picture of heaven in the entire Bible. If you ask me if I believe those things are literally true, the answer is yes and no. Yes, they are literally true but no, heaven won’t be anything like we imagine. It will be much greater. (biblestudytools.com)
It seems unlikely to me an all-powerful superbeing’s perfect place would have streets, gates and walls. In fact, it just sounds like someone with a very limited imagination is describing what they see before them, but better. “Yes, just like here, only really fancy and expensive.”
Some people are looking forward to behaving like ghosts and also eating:
We will be able to walk through solid objects and still be able to touch and eat like Jesus did in John 20:27 and John 21:10-15. Paul tells us that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven” (1 Cor. 15:50), so eating will be done for pleasure and not necessity. And Revelation 22:2 tells us that in heaven there will be a tree of life that bears twelve different kinds of fruit each month. Some think that there may be a feast each month when this tree blooms and a time of great fellowship as we gather around to share a meal together. (raptureready.com)
It seems unlikely to me that there will be bowel movements in heaven. It just seems wrong. So I don’t think there would be food either.
I really can’t bring myself to agree with these descriptions of heaven, even casting myself back to my Christian days. So I was wondering if any Christians would be kind enough to share their thoughts on what they think this place called heaven will be like. Are you expecting thrones and gold and singing? Would you be disappointed if you didn’t see your loved ones again? Do you think you’ll be eating and working like in this life, only you’ll be constantly happy?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!