Will Heaven be Boring?

February 6, 2019 at 10:20 am | Posted in Q&A | 2 Comments
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Question: My eight year old son knows that people die, and that if they are saved they go to Heaven, but he’s all mixed up on the eternal part of it. He said,” I just don’t understand how I’m gonna do it, live forever in heaven, like what am I going to do for that long?” What should I tell him?

Answer: That can be hard to explain, because I don’t think even the term “that long” will make sense in eternity. For one thing, there won’t be any “time” there, so all the joy and pleasure we experience won’t be tinged with the nagging thought, “yeah, but this is going to come to an end eventually,” that we experience with everything good here on earth. If he doesn’t like bedtime, you can tell him Heaven will be like never having a bedtime, but never getting sleepy either, or tired, or bored.

God is “infinite,” meaning that He goes on forever, so we will never stop learning new and exciting things about Him in Heaven, and He will have wonderful things for us to do which won’t be burdensome the way work is here on earth.

We will have perfect fellowship there with other believers, so everyone will seem interesting and no one will be unlikable or annoying.

Our glorified bodies will be able to do things our earthly bodies can’t – like move through space instantaneously, and possibly even fully access all our senses in combinations that are beyond our ability now. Tell him that in Heaven, we might be able to “see” music, and “taste” colors, and “hear” odors.

Most of all, tell him that seeing Jesus face to face will be the most joyful thing possible, and we’re not just going to do that once, and then leave. We’re going to be with Him forever.

How to Explain the Afterlife?

January 21, 2019 at 11:52 am | Posted in Q&A | 2 Comments
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Question: What is the best way to explain “the afterlife” to a very confused eight year old boy?

Answer: It depends on what he means by “the afterlife.” If he is talking about what happens when you die, then you can explain to him that those who have trusted in Christ will go to be with the Lord in Heaven (Hebrews 9:27; II Corinthians 5:8). I don’t have a ton of experience with boys, but I know that when I was helping in children’s ministry, they sometimes had trouble grasping the concept of having a soul or a spirit apart from your body. Boys tend to be more “physical” and girls tend to be more about “feelings.” So for the boys, they would think of someone dying and being buried, and they would think that the body was still the person. So, I would try to explain how, when a person dies, the thing that really makes him who he is – his thoughts, his consciousness, his “mind” – leaves the body behind. You can illustrate this by going up to a mannequin in a department store and slapping it in the face: no reaction. That’s how a person’s body will be when he dies. But the part that would have gotten mad or sad or hurt about the slap is now with Jesus, where there is no “mad, sad, or hurt.” Then, after Jesus comes back, the body that we left here on earth will be resurrected and made “super-powerful” (aka “glorified”) and rejoined with our spirit in Heaven.

Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven?

November 30, 2018 at 9:57 am | Posted in Q&A | 2 Comments
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Question: In Heaven will Christians know and recognize other Christians to whom they were related in this earthly life?

Answer: I believe we will. In the Bible we see the phrase “he was gathered unto his people” when someone dies, meaning that his soul went to a place where his deceased loved ones already were. Genesis 25:8 and Numbers 20:24 are just a couple of examples. This indicates that in Heaven fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, even distant relatives and friends will know each other based on the earthly relationships they had. I don’t think that there will be the same familial, relational, or “legal” responsibilities and obligations between people in Heaven (such as mother-daughter, husband-wife) because Jesus will be the supreme recipient of all worship, affection, and adoration, but I Corinthians 15:49 seems to indicate that our resurrected and glorified bodies will carry with them enough of our physical resemblance and distinctiveness to make us recognizable to our loved ones.


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