“When We Get to Heaven…”

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The guys from the Apologetics.com podcast, during the December 26, 2014 episode, entitled “God and Country Music”, touched upon a very common notion regarding what heaven will be like, according to many Christian circles. They addressed the view (which I have also heard many, many times, since becoming a Christian) that when we get to heaven… we will have all the answers to everything. Meaning that, when we get to heaven, all the mysteries we now face will all suddenly become clear. It’s a very common assumption. Will we know more than we know now, when we (Christians) get to heaven? I’m sure. But, to assert that we will be left without mystery in heaven, is a bit presumptuous… no?

One of the hosts of the program, Joe Slunaker, posed the following question to the panel during the show:

“What is it with this modern preoccupation with, ‘When I get to heaven, I’m going to have all my questions answered’?”

Co-host, Sam Welbaum, gave a great response regarding how we commonly feel when we don’t have answers, and what heaven might really be like (as opposed to what we usually assume):

“We don’t feel satisfied, if we don’t have answers. So, there is this general idea that if heaven is going to be a satisfying place, we are going to have answers. I think there is a good chance that we will get there and say, “God, explain all this to me.” And, the whirlwind might show up and say, “Where were you when I did this, this, and this? By the way… you’re in heaven… worship Me.”

Sam’s reply harkens back to when God finally answered Job’s inquiry:

Job 38:1-4
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to Me.
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.”

Sam makes a great point. Culturally, in many church circles, we do seem to have this modern preoccupation of assuming that when we will get to heaven, we will have all the answers. It’s very tempting to ignore the fact that not everything belongs to us; except that which God reveals…

Deuteronomy 29:29
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us…”

It’s more likely that the following quote from Job, after God had finished His lengthy examination of him, will more likely reflect our then humbled realization when we get to heaven:

Job 42:3
“I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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