An all-too-prevalent perception in Christianity and the culture is that heaven is going to be one big bore. That, however, is far from true. Rather, heaven will be a place of continuous learning, growth, and development. By nature, humans are finite, and that is how it always will be. While we will have an incredible capacity to learn, we will never come to the end of learning.
To begin with, we will never exhaust exploring our Creator. God by nature is infinite and we are limited. Thus, what we now merely apprehend about the Creator we will spend an eternity seeking to comprehend. Imagine finally beginning to get a handle on how God is one in nature and three in person. Imagine exploring the depths of God’s love, wisdom, and holiness. Imagine forever growing in our capacities to fathom his immensity, immutability, and incomprehensibility. And to top it all off, the more we come to know him, the more there will be to know.
Furthermore, we will never come to the end of exploring fellow Christians. Our ability to appreciate one another will be enhanced exponentially. Imagine being able to love another human being without even a tinge of selfishness. Imagine appreciating, no, reveling in the exalted capacities and station that God bestows on another without so much as a modicum of jealousy.
Finally, we will never come to an end of exploring the Creator’s creative handiwork. The universe literally will be our playground. Even if we were capable of exhausting the “new heaven and new earth” (Revelation 21:1), God could create brand-new vistas for us to explore.
Will heaven be perfect? Absolutely. Will it be boring? Absolutely not! We will learn without error—but make no mistake about it, we will learn, we will grow, and we will develop. Far from being dead and dull, heaven will be an exhilarating, exciting experience that will never come to an end.
Adapted from Resurrection
For further study, see Peter J. Kreeft, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven, but Never Dreamed of Asking (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1990).
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”