Jesus said that when he set up his earthly kingdom his angels would separate the sheep from the goats; he would judge the nations and determine who stays and who is cast out. Even in the very end of days he says that what is evil will be weeded out of his kingdom. The implication is this… that which is good will remain.
And so I wonder what of our culture will be deemed good enough to stay. Political parties will be gone to be replaced by a worldwide kingship. Certain Jewish festivals will remain. (Zech. 14:16) I wonder if the Olympic games, and sports in general, get to stay around. I'd be glad to see internet porn be destroyed, but the internet itself? Kind of useful once you weed the wickedness out of it.
And what of heaven, as well as that final eventuality, the New Jerusalem? Prophesying, tongues, healing, and other spiritual gifts will be no more. These are all for the building up of the Church, to strengthen us and comfort us in this life. They will pass away because they will be unneeded in that final Kingdom. We will need no preacher or prophet to cry, "Know God!" because we will all know Him and we shall all hear His voice.
But what of natural gifts which God has given us? Those innate drives and abilities? Will not artists continue to be artists, with all of eternity to develop their craft to the glory of God? Perhaps we will develop newer and newer musical forms, since we have forever to do so. Will storytellers still weave tales for our enjoyment? Will actors still perform?
Will the mechanically and technologically inclined continue to design useful tools? Will architects and interior designers dream up structures and palettes we can't yet imagine? Will confectioners continue to dream up delicious foods with new flavors? (My husband's hoping for heavenly ice cream!) Will bakers continue to bake? Tree of Life fruit pie! Mmm!
Just the fact that I can even think of these things tells me my imagination is falling short. Why? Because "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (I Cor. 2:9 - KJV) But whatever is to come, it will be good.