Won’t we eventually get bored in Eternity?

So, this post is for a bit of fun.

It’s been argued by some that eternal life will eventually become unbearably boring and repetitive. The problem lies in the fact that if you literally live for an infinite amount of time, not only will you eventually do absolutely everything that can possibly be done but you will ultimately repeat everything that can possibly be done an infinite amount of times. The boredom would become so severe that every subsequent endlessly repeating experience would amount to a form of eternal torture. The theory goes that eventually heaven would be little better off than hell. So as Christians who believe that we will one day become immortal and spend an eternity in heaven with the Lord, how might get around this problem? Or rather, how might God, since really there’s not much we have to say in the matter.

Possibility 1: Maybe there is no time in heaven.
It’s possible that eternity doesn’t mean an infinite length of time, but rather that in eternity time does not exist. If God created time, then He must exist outside of time. He experiences time differently than we do, or rather, He doesn’t experience it, because He’s not inside it or limited by it.  If there is no time in Heaven, then there is no perception of repetition or boredom, one thing doesn’t happen before another, nor does the same thing happen at a later time, because, there is no time to order these things. There would be no difference between having just arrived, or having been there for 9 trillion years, because years are measures of time, and don’t exist without it. It’s nearly impossible for us to comprehend what this would be like, having lived our whole existence within time, but if this is the case maybe God will give us the ability to make sense of this when we arrive.  If there is no time in Heaven, then the way that we experience events in eternity may never result in what we think of as boredom. The main challenge I find here is that all descriptions of heaven in the Bible seem to describe a place where time continues to exist. Personally I don’t subscribe to this theory, rather I think that it’s more likely that a combination of the following two will keep us eternally interested.

Possibility 2: Limited memory.
There’s no reason God needs to give us the ability to store an infinite amount of memories in the brains of our new, resurrected bodies. And if it would eventually make things tedious to us, why would He? For example, let’s say God gives us the ability to recall 1,000 years worth of memories, but let’s say there’s 1 billion years worth of possible experiences and things to explore and learn in heaven. In that case even if we did many of the same things over and over again, they’d still seem new because we wouldn’t remember the last time we did them. God need only give us enough memory capacity to remember what we need to and continue to enjoy heaven for eternity. Of course the third option renders even this limitation unnecessary.

Possibility 3: God is infinitely interesting.
This is not so much a possibility but rather a fact. The argument that we’ll get bored assumes that there is a finite amount of things to experience or learn. However we understand God to be completely limitless. Given an infinite amount of time I believe we will still find new, surprising wonderful things about God that we never knew. God’s infinite power and creativity means that He can keep us infinitely interested in Him.

So personally, I think that heaven will never get boring because God is there, and heaven is all about Him, knowing Him, serving Him, worshiping Him, coming to understand Him better and yet never fully comprehending Him. It’s about watching the amazing things He continues to do, and better understanding the incredible works He has already done. It’s about participating in all manner of activities centered around and proceeding from Him. Perhaps He continues to create new worlds full of new experiences in order to display His creativity and help us understand His character. Perhaps He continues to do new and surprising things, or give us new and exciting challenges in our service to Him. I don’t know exactly, but it’s impossible to ever get bored when Heaven is literally an opportunity to know our infinite Lord, something that by definition can never be fully completed, and must therefore be endlessly fascinating.

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 17:3

Thoughts on Ephesians 1:15-23

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 1:15-23

The more that we come to understand what God has done for us, and what He is planning to do, the more we will be filled with awe and admiration for Him. This understanding of God’s blessings leads to a greater faith in Him. Our faith is small and shaken because we do not fully understand what He has done, or what He is doing. We may question His ability, or His goodness as we face trails and loss, yet as we struggle through them and begin to understand God’s plan for the future, which very much includes our being blessed to an incredible degree, as well as the blessings which He has already lavished upon us in Christ, we are drawn into a position of peace, security and trust in God, which then leads to an unshakeable joy and love for Him, which finally erupts in genuine, joyous praise to Him. This is what God seeks to instill in us, this is what He is making us in to.

It is only right and just that God be praised. He is God, who created us. He is God who is perfect. He is God who is just. He is God. And yet the way that He goes about securing and cultivating and orchestrating that praise is the most loving and graceful act that can be conceived. In His wisdom He decided that the most effective heralds of His greatness, would be His enemies whom He forgave, redeemed and won over to Himself with His own power, love and incomparable riches and blessings.

It is for this reason that Paul prays that we might understand that, and it is for that reason that God, in speaking through Paul, puts down in words a taste and a glimpse of His grace, which can only fully be understood by the experience of His love for us, poured out through Christ, and secured by the Holy Spirit.

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Thoughts on Ephesians 1:11-14

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:11-14

Furthermore, for us there is an inheritance that is promised to us. At the coming of Christ and the establishment of His kingdom, we are said to inherit it, to in someway share responsibility for this kingdom, to receive from it the benefits as members of God’s royal family of sorts. Christ will rule over all, but we will share in His blessings and glory. Our own lives will be enriched to an unimaginable degree. We may be poor and suffering many wants now, but in the end, under Christ we will be rich in every way, suffering no lack and having perfect and complete happiness through the constant streams of blessings flowing from Christ as our King. This inheritance is guaranteed by God’s promise of predestination and by the giving of the Holy Spirit, as a sort of down payment, the promise of more to come.

Through the Holy Spirit we begin to partake in the joys and riches of eternity. We still suffer, we still struggle, but the Holy Spirit blesses us, reminds us of God’s goodness, corrects us, leads us in the ways we ought to go and begins to implement the promises of renewal and purification which God has given to us. Among the first blessings we receive from God upon believing in Him is that He begins to change us, to remove from our lives the sin which has brought us so much misery and death.

And yet again we are reminded that this inheritance is promised and given, so that God’s glory will be praised.

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Thoughts on Ephesians 1:7-10

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Ephesians 1:7-10

The blessings Paul speaks about elicit praise not only upon The Father, the Master Planner, who orchestrates all things, but also upon Christ, His precious Son, who came and died in our place, taking upon Himself the punishment for our sins, and thus securing our redemption at the incalculable cost of His own life and blood. This thrusting forth of Christ as a focal point of our praise is in turn another part of God’s masterful plan, for God in His wisdom and infinite insight, has revealed to us the end result of His plan for this world, the ultimate reason for which He has done so much for us. It is to unite all things things in heaven and things on earth, in Christ and under Christ.

This unity is not yet realized. There is much division. The earth is divided against Christ, the majority of it’s inhabitants staunchly rejecting Him and His rule. We are also divided against each other, fighting, hating, even killing one another. We are divided against the spiritual realm, with many even questioning the existence of anything beyond the natural world. Yet God’s plan is that Christ will be the unifying factor of all things. One day all the world will recognize Christ, and Christ will bring total unification among all the inhabitants of the earth. There will be no more hatred, no more racism, no more misogyny, all will recognize one another as children of God, and thus as brothers and sisters, members of the family of God.

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