By Hank Hanegraaff
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 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 hint of selfishness. Imagine appreciating—no, reveling in—without so much as a modicum of jealousy the exalted capacities and station that God bestows on another.
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 a 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 dull, heaven will be an exhilarating, exciting experience that will never come to an end.
Adapted from Resurrection
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11 NKJV
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).
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