I have argued here that we shouldn’t think that there is some sort of ultimate culmination of history in a perfect, blissful state. My view is that the Divine Life is eternally a struggle with the vicissitudes of life, trying to embrace the divine transcendent depth and instantiate that depth in this life. Also see this essay on The Life of God.
So if there isn’t some eschaton that represents a final “solution” to life, then an interesting question is where is the Divine Life headed? How is it evolving? Now, the term God is usually associated with terms like “infinite”, “eternal”, or the “omini’s”. Terms like infinity and eternity stretch our cognition to the limit, boggling our minds. But they also address the great mystery of life. So perhaps, while they speak to our cognitive limits, they may be all we have.
If the Divine Life is eternal then God chooses to live eternally. There must be something very important for God to want to take on the constraints of life to live. Perhaps this shouldn’t seem so strange. Most people cherish life. There is something about living, even with all its troubles that we really love. Even with all the struggles there are times of great joy and fulfillment that seem to make it all worthwhile. Perfection is stagnant and sterile. It is only in the complex negotiation of life that meaning can find a footing. So, perhaps like us, God finds living so important as well.
So where is the Divine Life headed? Who knows. If the purpose of life is the eternal creation of love, beauty, and meaning then who knows what lies ahead. No doubt there will be remarkable times when love, beauty, and meaning appear with great force as they have in the past. Perhaps they will be somewhat “different” in how they become manifest in the future but also remain part of the ongoing processes of embracing the divine transcendent depth and making it happen in the moment.
There are different theories in science on what the future holds for this universe. It may end in a cold death. It may recycle itself but what we do know is that the earth will eventually perish and if there are inhabitants on it then, they will too. Other civilizations throughout the universe will probably eventually succumb to a similar fate. Does that mean the Divine Life ends? Certainly not. The Life of God is not just about sentient beings. God lives in everything from the quark, rock, plants, animals, and sentient beings. God’s lives a constrained being in all things. And one shouldn’t necessarily think that the life of God is constrained only to this universe. There may be many, many narratives created by God where God lives. Just as an author may create many stories, with characters, environments, and situations so God may also. Each will have its own constraints or parameters within which life navigates. Each “character” will have its own constraints and challenges. Each will have its transcendent divine depth to probe as the pull of divine purpose is ever present.
The Divine Life will evolve in ways that are particular to what has come before and the struggle of the divine communion in everything to embrace the divine transcendent depth and make it a reality. Certainly there will fits and starts in the eternal process to create love, beauty, and meaning but perhaps that is as it should be. We can be thrilled and excited when those come to fruition and gird our loins when they do not to make it happen again.