reply to post by droid56
I've often asked religious believers to explain to me what they will do for all eternity. Back when I was a believer I was equally afraid of both
Heaven and Hell. In Hell you are in constant agony but it seemed to me that after the initial euphoria of Heaven wore off it would become its own kind
Heaven in Christianity is generally depicted as a massive jeweled golden city with God seated on a throne being worshiped incessantly. It was quite
commonly believed, until the last century or two, that you could actually watch the damned in Hell from your seat in Heaven. In fact many Medieval and
ancient church writings tell of how blissful it will be to watch the sinners get burned and tortured.
At any rate the faithful in Heaven would be constantly in the presence of God. Sin would be impossible. And I think I speak for most people when I say
that much of what we do for fun here on planet Earth generally counts as sin in one religion or another. Without the ability (or desire) to sin there
goes your "Free Will" and the idea of being free to spend eternity enjoying yourself along with it. Removing the option to sin NECESSARILY limits
the list of activities you can engage in, and if you want to fill ETERNITY you need LIMITLESS activities. In a world where sin no longer existed as a
possibility there wouldn't even be fictional portrayals of it or the ability to fantasize about it. Imagine that, a world where not only are you
incapable of doing what you want but the very idea of certain things is completely expunged from your life.
People can't even stop themselves from getting bored in the here and now, with plenty of things to do on this incredible planet we live on. Think
about it. People pull out their cell phones after less than 10 seconds of silence because they get bored. Kids complain there's nothing on TV when
they have 500 channels. We have the whole of the internet, almost all of mankinds knowledge directly at our fingertips, and we still get "bored".
Now remove all the gambling, drinking, porn, sex, drugs, violence and "sinful" thoughts, not to mention all the movies and video games that feature
those things. Suddenly it makes sense why angels are always sitting around playing harps, because what else can they do? I mean the electric guitar
and dancing have both been outlawed since they encourage sin, the only dancing you can do is to praise the benevolent prison warden, I mean savior,
who trapped you, I mean blessed you with eternal life.
The best case scenario for an eternal life would have to be something like we see on Doctor Who, a species that can regenerate changing its appearance
and personality but being the same basic person with the same basic memory. And even the Doctor gets weary of life sometimes, and he's only what 1-2
Eternal life, actually ETERNAL life, would an unimaginably horrible and cursed thing and after only a few millennia most people would likely long for
death, actual, real, death.