Background for people new to my blog: I am an atheist and antitheist. But, I ask this question seriously and am hoping for a real discussion on the subject.
It occurred to me recently when thinking about eternity just how long we’re talking about and that even in heaven, were I to believe in heaven, I think I would end up so incredibly bored by the monotony of it that oblivion would be very welcome indeed.
Sure the first million years would be a blast!
Nearly all of us would like more time than we get on this planet. But, how long?
As I said, sure it would be great to live a million years, possibly even a billion. But, if eternity really is forever, as I assume it to be, the millions and billions and trillions of years would be a blink of an eye by comparison.
A googol is 10100. A googolplex is 10googol. There are about 1080 atoms in the observable universe. A googol is 1020 times that. A googolplex is a 1 followed by a googol of zeros. Even if you had all of eternity to write the number without scientific notation, and even if you used just a single atom to represent each zero, you’d run out of stuff in the observable universe before you wrote out a googolplex.
So, after a few googols of years in heaven, would you be bored? How about after a few googolplexes of years? And then, a few googolplexes of googolplexes of years?
I think I am not built for eternity. I think I would be bored out of my soul. I think I would welcome and even crave oblivion long before I reached my first googol of years. Even if your vision of heaven is 72 virgins in paradise, even if God tortures them by reinstating their virginity every time (I never really got the attraction to virgins, personally), how soon would even these beautiful virgins become boring?
Long after you look down from heaven and see humanity go extinct, long after you see our sun engulf the planet on which we used to live, long after the universe experiences a big rip and is no more, for all practical purposes, what will you do in heaven that will be so wonderful?
I think believing in heaven would literally scare me far more than nothingness and possibly only a tad less than hell. What’s your opinion? Had you thought about what eternity really means before?