Solveig: So when we get to heaven and we’re going to live forever, won’t it get sort of tiresome? You’ll be there forever and ever and ever and ever and ever …
Poppi: That isn’t exactly what the Bible says.
S: All right …
P:It isn’t as if the kingdom of God were just the same thing going on and on and on. When I was just about your age, I was sitting in a pew listening to the preacher, who happened to be my father. He was talking about heaven and hell, and I sat there thinking like you—if heaven just goes on and on and on, and hell goes on and on and on, there’s not a whole lot of difference between them.
S: There’s no pleasure at all.
P: But what the Bible really talks about finally is being taken into the life of God himself, and the life of God is just, as it were, one big excitement, a kind of explosion of excitement.
S: So it’s like the excitement of getting something you have always wanted—that kind of excitement.
P: Or the excitement of giving something you’ve always wanted to give.
S: Or the excitement of sitting in your grandpa’s lap.
P: You like that, do you? I’m happy. Now, you know there is something to that. Just think about an absolutely perfect grandpa. Your present grandpa … (laughter)
S: You’re pretty perfect.
P: Thank you very much, but only pretty perfect? An absolutely perfect grandpa …
S: Would be … An absolutely perfect grandpa would have to be …
S: God is our father. So he would have to have a father, right?
P: Well … I don’t suppose God is a father and a different grandfather … that could go on forever.
Robert W. Jenson, Conversations with Poppi