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Dead. Now what?

Gone - not forgottenAt risk of causing apoplexy among the Christians out there, I thought I would add to my musings by asking what happens when we die.

A common concept that Christians and I have is the practical side of living on Earth. But how do we prepare ourselves for an eternal life in Heaven?

I have asked many Christians what they expect to find in Heaven and the most common responses add up to “a glorious place lit by the light of love with angels all around singing praises”. Does that sound like a desireable destination for the rest of time?

My own ideas of Heaven are that I would like it to be occupied by every person who ever lived, that we would all speak a common language and that we could occupy our time in discussion, argument and enriching our knowledge.

Whatever your idea of Heaven is, does it sound like something you would enjoy for all the time that is yet to come?

On earth, man thrives on challenges, so will we be challenged in Heaven? Will there be productive tasks that we have to complete? Will we have a sense of achievement for completing them?

Will we be converted into a huge halleluja chorus so that we can spend eternity singing? Will we be reduced to automata that react to the emanations of God so that we dance to His tune and whims?

Will we know our friends and family when we see them? Will we be able to pick up relationships from our Earthly existence. Will those with multiple spouses be able to have relationships with all their spouses and not offend any new spouses?

Will we be changed from individual beings to part of an amorphous whole?

There are so many questions and possibilities but maybe “sleeping for ever in the arms of the Lord” is what really happens – the long dark sleep of the dead?

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