Ask the right question

Over on QBT, surfaces a criticism of the question about what we will do in heaven:

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The post, even in its pithy format, points up the need to ask the right question. One gets the impression that the celestial activity concern comes from American practicality where a body has to be up and doing something useful. People have written that, if harp-playing is all that will be going on there, then they don’t want to go.

Such a small-minded view is a direct accusation of God who is the master of activity, the ultimate host and—excuse the term—entertainer.

On earth, mankind has never lacked for something to do in relation to God, and it’s inconceivable that eternity will not be occupied in pleasant and positive activity. I almost said “productive,” but that might be a limited human term of strictly planetary endeavor.

So it’s a lack of imagination that projects the same lack upon the Creator, as if he were a seven-year-old complaining to his mother for want of something to do.

But back to the issue of the right question. The sacred text will sometimes not satisfy us when we are asking the wrong question. If we are frustrated with Scripture, perhaps the problem lies within our own frame of reference. Asking better questions might provide us with answers. The better questions will likely issue forth when the student pays closer attention to the actual text and surrounding context of the Bible.

And that is something few are doing these days.

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