Tom Gloger on Heaven

Some Personal Opinions.

. . . I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1 (KJV)
As a model rail­roader, I really perked up when I first read Isaiah 6:1 in the King James Ver­sion of the Bible.  That was before I read other trans­la­tions and found out the “train” part referred to the train of His robe. 
I sup­pose many of us at one time or ano­ther have won­dered what Hea­ven would be like, and if our loved ones who get there would still be
Dogs in Heaven?
“God will pre­pare every­thing for our per­fect happi­ness in hea­ven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”   -- Billy Graham
able to engage in their favo­rite hobby or inter­est. 

While I can’t say whe­ther they will or won’t be able to do so, my per­sonal opinion is it won’t mat­ter to them whether they can or can’t.  Here’s why:

The Bible clearly defines Hea­ven as a won­der­ful place, better than we can ima­gine.  But trying to explain the joys of Hea­ven to us humans, with our limited know­ledge and under­stand­ing, is prob­ably harder than trying to explain the appeal of a honey­moon to a seven-year-old boy.  To us, here, now, the thought of spend­ing that much time around the throne prais­ing the Lord sounds bor­ing.  But I don’t think it will be, once we meet Him face to face.  I think it will be more like being in love than being in love is.

Imagine, if you will, a POW camp.  The prison­ers of this camp don’t have much, and life is diffi­cult, even bru­tal.  To take their minds off their troubles, the prison­ers begin to hold cock­roach races.  After a time, peo­ple begin to get very seri­ous about it, train­ing the roaches and feeding them from their food ration.

Now ima­gine a child grow­ing up in this camp.  This is all he’s ever known.  Learn­ing about the races, he catches his own cock­roaches, and learns to groom them for the races.  After a while, he even­tu­ally wins a few races, and even begins to make a name for himself.

Then one day news spreads through the camp that the pri­soners are to be freed.  Soldiers have fought and died to cap­ture the camp so the prison­ers may be returned to their own coun­try, to homes that are wait­ing for them.  But the child, know­ing only the camp as home, has just one ques­tion:

“Do they have cock­roach races there?  Because if they don’t, I’m not going!”