Will We Need Google in Heaven?
Imagining what Heaven is like hinges on what it takes to get there
One of the great, unsolved mysteries of the Christian life
is discovering what Heaven will be like.
The Bible gives us some facts. We know that Heaven will be a place of supreme happiness, for there will be no sin or sorrow or death. We know the triune God will be there, and that His presence will be so bright that neither the sun nor any other light will be needed.
We know that we will have bodies, that we will recognize each other and that Jesus has prepared for us a place in His Father’s many-roomed house.
But the Prophet Isaiah, in a statement quoted by the Apostle Paul, said: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Corinthians 2:9).
Let’s admit it: we can’t know for sure all that awaits us in Heaven. But we can let our imaginations offer some possibilities.
For example, when my grandfather was born, prior to 1900, the fastest mode of transportation was a thoroughbred horse or the comparatively new railroad. None of his contemporaries believed in the possibility of traveling as fast as thirty miles per hour. Could my grandfather even have imagined a horseless carriage, an automobile, that could reach a speed of over one hundred miles per hour? Would he believe that an airplane would one day travel faster than the speed of sound or that a rocket could carry people to the moon? I doubt it.
Surely Heaven will unfold facts that will be as astounding to us as interplanetary travel would be to my granddad.
Is it possible that, in Heaven, we will be able to travel as quickly as thought, that imagining ourselves in a distant place will take us there instantly?
What about communication? Samuel F. B. Morse invented the telegraph, a device that could send coded messages over wires as electric impulses. Could he, in his wildest dreams, have conceived of sending text messages and voices and moving pictures across hundreds of miles from a tiny, hand-held phone?
What wonders do you suppose will be available to the redeemed in the Heavenly Country? Will we be capable of sending solid objects through the air without benefit of airplanes or drones? Will we look back on our earthly experience and comment on how simplistic and inefficient the internet was?
Think of music. Will Heaven offer musical instruments that could not be conceived of on Earth? Will we hear chords and harmonies and melodies of which Beethoven and Bach and Eric Ball had no inkling? Will the sound of the angel choir charm us completely with utter beauty—a beauty never heard on Earth? And which will provide the most glorious music, the angel choir or the music of the stars?
As earthlings we know of three primary colors which, in combination, produce a seemingly endless variety of hues. Is it possible that in Heaven there will be colors no mortal man has ever seen, colors beyond our comprehension?
Intellect is another aspect of life that may be entirely different in eternity than it has been in time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to retain in memory every fact, every piece of information, every inspiration that has come to us? Encyclopedias and dictionaries—even Google—would be unnecessary.
Whatever it is that God has prepared for us undoubtedly will be exponentially better than even our most creative imaginings, but it is important to remember that Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. Only those who have accepted the salvation offered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ will be there.
So let your imagination run wild. But be sure that, by repentance and faith, you are a child of God and an heir of that eternal kingdom.
Commissioner Robert E. Thomson, a retired Salvation Army Officer, resides in Clearwater, FL.