It's been suggested in other threads that the existence of linear time is merely a contrivance unique to this universe, meant to keep everything from happening simultaneously. Also, I take it that from outside this universe, on the "higher planes," our reality appears as a timeless unit. Okay, fine; I can deal with that.
What I'm curious about is whether our universe will appear to exist forever from within its own reference frame. As some of you may know, current theory in cosmology suggests that time itself began with the conversion of our universe from an infinitely-dense singularity into an ever-expanding morass of space-time and mass-energy, and so far there are no indications that the nature of time will be changing under any conceivable circumstance. Therefore, under current secular views, the universe's existence will basically be infinite.
Does that agree with current "afterlife research" thinking? Will there be no point, within our Earthly reference frame, when every soul has been "rehabilitated" and made ready to return to God? Will there be troubled souls here for all time, within the perspective of the incarnate souls themselves? Or perhaps, will there come some day in the distant future when this reality becomes entirely de-populated of all sentient life, and left to while away its infinite decline in solitude since it no longer serves a purpose?