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Will Heaven Be Boring?


“I can’t imagine being happy for all eternity in heaven. Sitting on a cloud playing a harp sounds boring."


The reality of heaven transcends human imagination, and popular images of it are only pointers.

The depiction of robed saints sittting on clouds and playing harps is a modern one. It is found in art and on greeting cards, but it mashes images together in a way not found in the Bible.

Scripture uses many images for heaven. The most fundamental is the sky. John Paul II explained: “In biblical language ‘heaven,’ when it is joined to the ‘earth,’ indicates part of the universe. Scripture says about creation: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’ (Gen. 1:1)" (General Audience, July 21, 1999).

The sky, in turn, was used as an image of where God dwells: “Metaphorically speaking, heaven is understood as the dwelling-place of God, who is thus distinguished from human beings (see Ps. 104:2–3; 115:16; Isa. 66:1). He sees and judges from the heights of heaven (see Ps. 113:4–9) and comes down when he is called upon (see Ps. 18:9, 10; 144:5). However, the biblical metaphor makes it clear that God does not identify himself with heaven, nor can he be contained in it (see 1 Kings 8:27)" (ibid.).

Scripture uses other images of heaven, though we need to be sensitive to their limitations too. The Catechism explains: “This mystery of blessed communion with God and all who are in Christ is beyond all understanding and description. Scripture speaks of it in images: life, light, peace, wedding feast, wine of the kingdom, the Father’s house, the heavenly Jerusalem, paradise: ‘no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’ (1 Cor. 2:9)" (CCC 1027).

We thus shouldn’t be confused by modern images depicting saints sitting on clouds with harps. “In the context of revelation, we know that the ‘heaven’ or ‘happiness’ in which we will find ourselves is neither an abstraction nor a physical place in the clouds, but a living, personal relationship with the Holy Trinity. It is our meeting with the Father which takes place in the risen Christ through the communion of the Holy Spirit" ( John Paul II, op. cit.).

By Jimmy Akin



  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    “The reality of heaven – – – ” Please provide unbiased evidence for this “reality.” Thanks.

  2. Ed Reply

    You know that no evidence will come your way since your faith is rock bottom. But for the faithful, joy and happiness just to be with God is written in their hearts. No sorrows, no suffering, unlike hell.

  3. Lorena Andry Reply

    You will not get an unbiased answer from anyone. everyone has their own opinion. We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

  4. Lorena Andry Reply

    “WE walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

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