Tuesday, January 29, 2008

His girlfriend gave up her toe!

I'm often used as a theological sounding board.

People have many questions, but over the years I've noticed that some (if not most) of their questions aren't that practical. Most arise out of speculative curiosity, particularly with regard to heaven.

The following are some questions about heaven I've been asked over the years. Seen any of these before? Some answers come easier than others and we can be more certain of some than others.

I share these for your speculative pleasure and welcome any comments/answers you might have.

1. Will we get to see our pets again in heaven?

2. What age will we be in heaven? Will a child still be young mentally?


3. Can our loved ones who have preceded us to heaven see us as we live our lives? Are they really looking down on us? If so, does it make them sad to see us in hard times?


4. Are there different levels of heaven? What will that look like?


5. Will I see my (unborn) baby in heaven?


6. Do we become angels when we die?


7. If somebody's cremated, can God put it all back together again?


8. If I get married twice, who will be my wife in heaven? Will we even have "gender" as we know it?


9. Will we eat & drink in heaven?


10. Will we recognize each other in heaven?


11. When we die, do we go straight to heaven? Are we hanging out somewhere until Christ comes? Is that heaven's lobby or something?


12. Won't I be sad in heaven knowing my loved ones are in hell?


13. What will we do to occupy our time in heaven?


14. Will we be able to see God in heaven? What will He look like? (i.e., will He have a form)


15. Will we see Jesus still in human flesh in heaven?


16. Will we remember our earthly lives and miss our friends and/or still have "childhood scars" or bad memories?


17. Do/Can people really die and go to heaven and then come back on the operating table?


18. Will we be able to sin in heaven? If not, does that mean we'll be robots?


19. If I donate a kidney or a toe (for example), will I get it back in heaven?


20. Will we be omniscient in heaven? (i.e., will we know it all then?)

21. Will we wear clothes in heaven? Or will we see we're naked and yet feel no shame?

7 Comments:

At 29 January, 2008 18:46, Blogger etoc said...

Amen! Know why? Because this is one of, if not the, most inaccurate belief Christians hold. Heaven is not our home! Never was (Ge 1&2). Never will be (Is 65:17; 66:22; Rev 21). Put the emphasis on living the way God has already told you while on earth and it consider it training--for your continued life on the new EARTH!

 
At 29 January, 2008 21:25, Anonymous Anonymous said...

etoc - are you jesting or are you a jehovah's witness? I don't know of any Christian that would say that Heaven is not our home, though the JW's like to say that we'll ive on earth since only the 144,000 make it to Heaven.

 
At 30 January, 2008 00:02, Blogger etoc said...

Was heaven your home in the beginning? Now? Why in the future? There's a continuity from beginning to end. God's original design is not frustrated. The earth is humanity's home at the start and at the end. What's different is that in-between, while sin reigns over the fallen world, heaven is "far away." What was and will be a "close" and open connection is what God wants and wills.

The real question is, what do we mean when we say "heaven." Contrary to our casual usage, heaven is ultimately less a place that being in His presence. While heaven may a temporary stop for those who die during this age, we are destined for to live on the sod we were created from, only with God present and accessible. Read Revelation 19-22 and see if it doesn't make sense.

 
At 30 January, 2008 09:03, Anonymous Lance said...

I concur with etoc, and I am the furthest thing from a JW (2 Peter 3:13).

Now on to a more pressing question:

Will the fella be in heaven who sang, "Well I've never been to Heaven, but I've been to Oklahoma."?

 
At 31 January, 2008 01:25, Blogger GUNNY said...

etoc,

I didn't even think about location question! My bad. That should have been #22.


Lance,

Wasn't he born there? Well, I really don't remember. All I remember is that it was a 3-Dog night.

P.S. Lance has never been to England, but he kind of likes the Beatles.

 
At 31 January, 2008 09:27, Blogger Timothy said...

What about number 23? Will their be sports in heaven?

 
At 31 January, 2008 10:37, Blogger Oilcan said...

The Big Lebowski

"Heaven isn't a place; it's a person." - Paris Reidhead

 

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