To discuss heaven you first have to establish a belief in God. If there is no God then it is pointless to even talk about heaven. I readily admit that I want to believe in God. For if there is a God then it follows that He must care about us. Belief in God however is not the topic for today. God’s existence is accepted for today’s discussion. I personally believe in Him with both my head and my heart. Emotionally I need God and the science leads me to conclude that something can’t be made from nothing. Thus the mystery of the Big Bang. But we’ll do that another day. Is a Heaven any harder to merit than multi-universes? Many of the allegedly smartest people on earth-therotical physicists-and the like posit quite seriously that possibility based on science. Per those experts there could be another universe with another you somewhere out there in the ether. Once you have even one additional universe then the barn door is open to thousands of them or some number without limit.
When I was about 10 or so I remember a Sunday School teacher telling us that in heaven we would get to sit around in a park like setting and sing hymns and praise God without end. Even then my young mind didn’t accept that notion. I mean that sounded so incredibly boring. Of course there are some who buy into the pearly gates and streets of gold idea of heaven. I don’t criticize that notion but it has no appeal for me. I am more interested in my experiences in heaven and who my friends, family members and others who will be there with me.
I liken our time and experiences in heaven to a kaleidoscope type existence. It will be forever changing in time, geography, activities and our companions, family and friends and maybe even strangers. Some experiences there may last only minutes others may last for years. One moment we may be 6 years old and the next reliving times from our middle life. I believe you may experience a favorite Christmas morning with your parents when you were little and just as likely a Christmas with your children or brothers and sisters. Some heavenly episodes will last for only minutes some may last days or even months. God and you have plenty of time and opportunity. It will always be evolving, changing to fit your personal heaven. Guys you may finally shoot that 69 two below par in a round with your best buds. Gals you may have the special shopping spree for antigues with friends or a day at the spa. It will be all the experiences you can imagine and more, much more. God knows you and knows how to make that Heaven that fits your desires. You may go on a three day deer hunt with your family or friends or experience an heroic moment on the sports field. Some of these may last a few mintues maybe some for days. You will glide from one to another without effort and with the leading hand of God.
Will you see deceased family members? Old friends? Pets? Sure. You will see them all. Sometimes it will be when you and they were younger before the deaths and also you can visit with them at an older age and existence that even death cannot thwart. If you were married more than once who will you see in Heaven? Well Jesus answered that one by saying you were asking the wrong question because we are all like unto angels in heaven. I don’t predict which of your spouses you will be with in heaven but it will be “right”. Maybe all three. God knows your heart and desires and He can figure out what is best for your version of heaven. God is the only thing that can go to and beyond infinity and his unique heaven for you is without limit. So maybe none of them or all of them in sequence and for indefinite periods of time. God will make it the best for you. There is no circumstance too complicated or knotty for God to handle.
God will provide in Heaven as he can do on earth. In heaven though He can relax with you some because you have already met the challenges of life. I believe the goal of our life in the simplest terms is to live a life with meaning and not be one of the bad guys. I have no idea about earning our way into heaven. I don’t think you can buy or earn your way into heaven. I know about grace and not works as the entry ticket along with faith being the price of admission for heaven. You endeavor to figure that out for yourself. I personally think an honest effort is as important as results. Priesthood of the believer does demand effort.
Some heavenly experiences may last only for seconds while others will seem to stretch to eons. Your heaven will only be limited by your imagination, not by God’s ability to create. Certainly there is no limit to God’s ability to make it happen. There will be no boredom, no repeats unless that is what you want. It will be forever changing but forever stable and secure. All those complicated relationships you had on earth will be simple and enjoyable up there. You may enjoy a fresh snowfall on Christmas eve or take a solitary stroll on a beautiful south sea beach.
Will you have those health problems in Heaven that tormented you on earth? Again God will do what is best for you. So maybe, maybe not. If you had health issues I can assure you that their effect on your life there in heaven will be completely different than on earth. Whatever will give your heavenly adventure the best results.
Relationships are truly the bedrock of all our happiness. Shared experiences cement and form those relationships and the existence of the bond between us humans is the very fabric of our being.
You will be kind, considerate to all. You will not be short tempered, mean or base in your behavior.
Heaven will be the real never-ending-story with countless denouements and subplots.
God bless you all and someday hope to see you across the Jordan.