What does it feel like to die and go to heaven? What will the experience of our glorification be like?
There’s a lot we don’t know, but Scripture gives us some leads:
1. There will be a physical transformation. We will be young again. Better than young: immortal. We will be even healthier than we ever felt in the prime of life.
2. There will be psychological changes. Imagine the sense of reliable in knowing that we made it. That we are safe. No harm can befall us. Nothing to fear. No anxieties.
3. Another psychological change will be sinlessness. It’s hard to imagine what that will be like, except as a negation of the unpleasant emotions we feel in a fallen world. But to take a few comparisons:
Some people are born with certain genetic defects which make it impossible for them to enjoy life to the fullest. What is more, they may not even know what they are missing. This is all they’ve ever known. Abnormality is their normality.
Some of them go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years, until a physician discovers their true ailment, and treats them.
Imagine the sense of wonder and relief when, for the very first time, they suddenly experience what life was meant to be.
On a related note, some students of the occult claim that paranormal powers are hereditary. Because their paranormal ability has an occultic origin, it’s a curse. They can do things or perceive things that normal people can’t, but they pay a high price. It’s also said that they can be delivered from their emotional and spiritual oppression. Renounce their ability.
This analysis may or may not be correct. It’s an argument from experience. Subject to differing interpretations.
But suppose for the sake of argument, that this is true. Once again, imagine the sense of relief when, for the very first time in life, they exclaim: “So this is what life was supposed to be like!”
On a related note, there are horror stories in which a demoniac must die before the evil spirit will leave him, then be resuscitated. They have to be “rebooted.”
That’s fiction, but to play along with this scenario, imagine if you were possessed, you temporarily expired, and you were then brought back to life–with the invasive spirit gone for good.
Imagine the sense of relief. Like a rebirth.
When a Christian dies, for the first time in life he will finally feel what life was meant to be.