Clouds and harps

by Lance
(USA)

I just read this entry about eternal life today, Jim, and interestingly, I was thinking this morning about some peoples’ notion of heaven as sitting on clouds, playing harps... forever. And though I doubt that many actually believe this, it does carry the idea of an infinite time span with little to do. Pretty unappetizing. Nevertheless, people want to know, or be assured that there is something beyond this life that is better, even if it’s only floating on a cloud, free from worry. My Greek mindset leads me to think in terms of a linear future time doing something with God, moment after moment. Let’s see, what day is it? Feb. 3rd 43,000,205 I.E. (In Eternity). But there’s something missing here. Ah, it’s Jesus... Yeshua... the One who was slain from the foundation of the world, the Aleph and Tav, the Creator of everything... even time? Yes, time is perhaps only a part of the eternal Life picture. How much richer and fulfilling is the concept of growing and expanding life in Him. And as you say, God’s life “grows and fills us as we draw near to Him.” It is the answer to His prayer in Gethsemane that we would be one with Him, the prayer that starts off with, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent..."

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Apr 20, 2013
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Is the world then like a wristwatch?
by: David

Come to think of it, what part of eternity is not eternal? We are not to love the world because the world changes for better or worse but at the same time God creates this world(for better or worse) and here we are. On Earth as it is in heaven is how we should pray. Jesus, the same yesterday,today and forever. With God within our being our being in God is forever unchanged. Our lives are the only thing that constitutes a concept of time and with sins debt paid in full our free will is the true measure of freedom that can only come from God.

Feb 02, 2011
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The Definition of Boring
by: Jim

I can hardly agree more, Lance. I can hardly believe that some people actually find this idea of heaven appealing. It seems about as appealing to me as the Hindu and Buddhist notion of the joys of being absorbed into Nirvana.

Wow.

I can actually be absorbed into a universal consciousness, thereby losing all self-identity and existence. "Christian" ideas of heaven are not always so different. Harps and Clouds? Or Reigning together in a real world, a real universe with Y'hovah, loved intensely by the One who made me and knows me intimately. Hmm, which would I rather choose?


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