Almost all (Christian) theists assert that humans experience everlasting bliss in heaven. Is this possible?
So the real issue is whether it is logically possible that an unending life (in which one retains one’s identity as the same person) should be filled with unending joy and ever increasing opportunities for novel and meaningful experiences.
From more discussion, it is concluded,
So here, perhaps, is the sum of the matter from a religious perspective: the more self-absorbed we become, the more tedious and dreary our lives inevitably become over time. But the more outwardly focused we become in loving relationships, the more joyful and meaningful our lives also become over time.
The claim is this: humans are able to grow in happiness through interaction and love with others. More broadly, the claim could be that eternal happiness is possible through continuous interaction with others, novel experiences, and meaningful goals.
This seems to be subject to empirical testing. Is this a possible state of affairs? It is almost an issue of sociology and psychology. Even if no affirmative answer can be reached, it certainty seems to be an issue closer to our everyday experiences than other religious claims, such as the existence of God. If this is the case, we could use our everyday notion of probability to try to guess if this is the case.
This is contrasted with other religious claims, such as dualism or the existence of God. These questions cannot be answered empirically, or even with probability. It seems that our question here, however, is closer to what we are familiar with, and hence subject to empirical testing and probabilistic claims.
Is this the case? Can some religious claims, such as the one outlined here, be discussed in an empirical or probabilistic context? Or, must these claims be relegated to the unknown?