God's Comic

God's Comic


Heaven help us!

posted by Brad Stine

My daughter sat me down the other day and was in tears. “Daddy I don’t want to go to heaven” What, I said, but why? Here I was ready to hear her impassioned plea that she wasn’t worthy to stand before a righteous God.

Or perhaps she saw the plight of so many who would never see the pearly gates and, like Paul, would rather go to Hell if she could save all the lost souls.

Shortly my romanticizing of my daughters plight was soon to be dashed by the concept only a child born in a post modern, media driven culture could conjure up. She was afraid; being there for eternity that she would get…bored.

Yes this is what heaven has become to the modern man. What once was a place of eternal refuge from the pains of earthly existence has become a territory of tedium where it will be difficult to be perpetually entertained.

That’s right my fellow Christian parents, apparently heaven has lost its appeal once the kids found out there was no texting there.
Of course it hasn’t helped things that heaven is normally depicted as a place where we all get wings and harps and play dirges to the Lord who one would think with all His omnipotent power would have provided more instruments at our disposal than an archaic one we don’t even play on earth.

Wings were another element that seemed a little unnecessary in heaven. Do we even breathe air in heaven, and if we want to get around do we really need to rely on the law of lift to get us there?

There is also this unsettling idea that we no longer belong to our earthly family but in fact have all become one in an eternal commune of togetherness. Suddenly Moses, Paul, AND Benny Hinn are my brothers?
Sounds like a bad Thanksgiving with the relatives your not good enough for, and the crazy uncle you have to invite every year but you pray he stays out of the cooking sherry!

I didn’t really have a good answer for my daughter as to how time would be spent in heaven, but I took some solace in the fact that she is contemplating the incomprehensible and wondering about eternity.

If more Christians would begin the hard journey of nurturing their intellect, and facing the hard problems of faith without fear that some answers are difficult to grasp, perhaps more secular humanist would give us a listen.

There is nothing more harmful to our faith than the Christian who says all they need is faith and the idea that our intellectual exploration is not of God. Gee, wonder why more and more “smart” people find God less and less compelling?
The Bible says if we don’t study, and meditate, and be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks, we should be ashamed of ourselves. I for one am grateful to my daughter for reminding me that she is made in Gods image, the hard things of God are worth exploring, and that my faith is strengthened by my rational and logical pursuits of Gods Truth!

Still not crazy about harp music though.



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Lorrie Davids

posted January 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm


Check out Randy Alcorn’s book “Heaven”. There is also a “Heaven” book for kids.



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Ashley P

posted January 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm


I had this really awesome mental picture in my head when I was about… 20 maybe? It was this idea my subconscious crafted about what eternity in heaven would be like.

In this picture, was an elegantly furnished room, and a table set for a nice dinner. A lot of my family and friends were there, especially people from my church. And a few other people I knew were Bible characters. Jesus was sitting about 3 seats away from me, laughing His head off and pounding on the table. Then He says, “Wait a minute, wait minute! I haven’t gotten to the best part.”

And in the midst of the giggles rising from His belly, wiping tears of laughter from His eyes, He says, “So then, Peter says to me, he says, ‘Even if you could do it, what would the camel look like after?’ Oh, I tell you, we had some wacky conversations, didn’t we, Pete?”

That mental picture has never left my mind. I sometimes get the feeling it will be like that. Whenever I go to a Sunday school party, and we laugh and crack jokes and tell stories and play games, and I leave with that wonderful glow in my soul of real fellowship, I think it’s a tiny taste of what awaits us over there.



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Carol Clark

posted January 12, 2013 at 5:27 am


I like how C. S. Lewis speaks about Heaven,
that God might even have jobs and missions for us to achieve, and I myself believe that we will learn all the answers to all the questions anyone has ever asked. A loving God would never allow His children to get bored!



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David Stern

posted February 22, 2013 at 6:53 am


Actually, you daughter may have been asking an even more sophisticated question, though unable to verbalize it. The traditional answer of Christians is that god created humans to glorify him. She may have been asking why she should spend an eternity in endless glorification for something with which she had no choice. Yes, that would be an eternally boring existence.
And, if god gives humans the false free choice of worship or eternal damnation, then it is no free choice at all.



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