Learning more in an eternal Heaven?

Or is knowledge of “everything” automatic there?

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(To put this into our language,

is there a “DOOR” TO MORE?

And how much more?)

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For our more use the DOOR.

 

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   Observation: According to all traditional Christian theology, a basic underlying assumption or belief–as simple as it sounds–is this: God is the creator; people and everything else is what God created or allowed.

   Of the several dozen issues that Randy Alcorn, in his book Heaven¹, addresses, one is whether or not people will still be learning and studying new things in Heaven. Here are 3 brief  quotes to think about as you lie in bed tonight. (I’ll put what we consider the key words in red and underline the one that first caught our attention.)

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   (1) “In Heaven we’ll be flawless, but not knowing everything isn’t a flaw. It’s part of being finite. Righteous angels don’t know everything, and they long to know more (1 Peter 1:12). They’re flawless but finite. We should long for greater knowledge, as angels do. And we’ll spend eternity gaining the greater knowledge we seek².”

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   (2) “Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards, who intensely studied Heaven, believed ‘the saints will be progressive in knowledge to all eternity.’ He added, ‘The number of ideas of the saints shall increase to eternity.‘”

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   (3) “We will also study. Martin Luther said, ‘If God had all the answers in his right hand, and the struggle to reach those answers in his left, I would choose God’s left hand.‘ Why? Because it’s not only the truth we want it’s also the pleasure of learning the truth.”

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   One note: If “study” isn’t quite your thing, or you feel old and tired–been there, done that–remember that one other thing that seems to be taught about Heaven is that with “renewed” and energized bodies, “study” and learning should hardly be a burden.

   [For those who think we will essentially "know everything" because of 1 Cor. 13:12 (NRSV), "Now I know in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known," Alcorn declares, and argues for, that the Greek word for knowing, when used for humans, never means "absolute knowledge."]

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   ¹ The 3 quotes here are from Randy Alcorn, Heaven (Tydale, 2004, pp. 318-321). According to Alcorn, the 2 quotes from Jonathan Edwards come from Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, ed. Perry Miller, vol. 13, The Miscellanies, ed. Thomas A. Schafer (Yale Press, 1994, p.483.) Alcorn also acknowledges Andrew McClellan for several citations from his seminary paper, “Jonathan Edwards’s View of Heaven,” Aug. 15, 2003. Unfortunately, the source of Martin Luther’s excellent comment is not given. For other comments of ours about Alcorn, see our previous post (#231). Our plan is to do a review of the entire book eventually.

   ² To which we see logically following (but not stated), “Yes, but never quite getting the complete picture…” (We hope that doesn’t sound too negative here…)