posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 08:46 AM
This is something that I've mulled over a lot recently, and opens up the door to a lot of speculation, and to a lot of confusion, but here are some
of the things that I've come up with.
First, we (as Christians, that's my perspective) believe that the afterlife is spent with God. But God is eternal and exists outside of time, so we,
too, will exist outside of time. How that works, I'm not sure, but one point that I've seen over and over is to think of it as "everlasting
life", rather than eternity. In other words, time has nothing to do with it, it just doesn't end. In that sense, there is no "million years",
you just simply "are", without aging or other manifestations of the passing of time. Think of playing cards with your family -- there is no time,
so you simply play until you are not playing any longer. Did an hour pass, or a week, or a century? There is no answer to that question.
Part of the distance from time is a distance from Earth. If I were to die today, I would likely take advantage of whatever opportunity I might have
to "come back" and see how my daughter, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, etc are doing. If my daughter has any children in the future, I
might keep an occasional eye on my grandkids, but I can see it kind of petering out from there. Just as no one will visit my grave in a couple
hundred years, I'll likely have little interest in visiting the Earth in a couple of hundred years. So I'll stay in "eternity" and nothing with
denote the passage of time.
An interesting observation about time in the afterlife came from a woman that Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (founder of the modern hospice movement, and a
psychological researcher into what happens as, and when, we die) observed. This woman was in a panic as she was dying, because she greatly feared
being separated from her husband, who was with Kubler-Ross at her side. Moments before she passed away, she became calm, and a big smile came over
her. When her husband asked what she saw, she said "It's okay, you're already here" --- he was the one who had come to help her "cross over".
Now, there is a bit of incredibility in that, and one can easily say that she was seeing what she wanted to see, but if the afterlife is outside of
time, then it is possible that the husband, who died after the wife, knew that seeing him would stem her panic, and was thus really there.
The final piece addresses the concept of "boredom". Irregardless of the time aspect, I agree that, given enough time to do things, one will
eventually run the risk of being bored. But this is an attempt to fit the infinite (eternity) into the finite (our reality,) which is where it falls
apart and we see the possible boredom. As a result, either the infinite needs to become finite (which Christ, in teaching "everlasting life", says
will not happen) or the finite needs to become infinite. In other words, the reality that is heaven or the afterlife must be a realm of infinite
What that means, I don't know, but I do know that it will be interesting!