Paul Wilson (2 Feb 2012)
"misconceptions of heaven"

On one of these religious programs they mentioned how many people don't think about heaven because they are given the impression it is a ethereal existence sitting on a cloud plucking a harp and thus they don't see anything to look forward to.

I would say another reason is some give the impression that every minute is going to be praising the lord and there will be no time for anything else. That it would be a never ending church service. Or that God has a ego that must be stroked every second or he isn't happy. ( he isn't insecure needing to be told always how great he is). They don't ever think about us fellowshipping together since if it is a long church service there will be no time to even say hello to your neighbor because saying hello would not be worshipping God and thus would be elevating someone above God for that moment.

As such they want to live as long as possible to get in as much fun as possible before they get to heaven and cant do anything they had always wanted to do but would be day and night praising God. We will praise God but I think he wants us to get to know each other. I think he delights in us experiencing things and having fun and in us enjoying life to the most. I don't think it would be one long church service. Adam and Eve did more in the garden than just praise God all day. If you want to grow a garden I am sure you could and God would be delighted in that. If you want to read a book, listen to music, write a book, compose music, play a game, look at a comic, watch a cartoon, grow a vineyard or just sit and relax I'm sure all of that would delight God.

I don't think life will be totally different but will be holier. no sinful desires, no sinful motives, no sinful aspirations or sinful thoughts. Only pure desires, pure motives, pure aspirations, and pure thoughts. I think the best of life here is but a example of the least of life in Heaven or the NJ or Eternity.

Many mention CS Lewis' Narnia series and as I recall from what someone once posted, I have never read the series but hope to, Aslan's world was much like Narnia but better and more real for lack of a better term. The characters felt that his world was the one they were made for. I think that is how it is with heaven (and the new earth) it will be like the earth we know only better and more real than anything we have known. Many point to 1 Cor 9:2 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." but don't continue to the next verse "But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." Since we have the spirit of God in us we can know a great deal of what awaits us. I think there is a verse about what is on earth being a reflection of what is in heaven or similar wording but I don't know it off hand.