Monday, April 27, 2015

Heavenly Thinking

This morning I read a post on Facebook where an old high school acquaintance was lamenting a family member who had, "... turned away from Jesus," and how she, "... would miss him in heaven."

So I began to think about what that means.

If the Biblical description of heaven is to be believed, then there's something inherently wrong with it.  Let me explain.

Take Revelations 21:4 -
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
No mourning, no crying, and no pain.  This can lead to only two trains of thought.  I suppose the first is that your soul won't really care about your loved ones burning eternally in Hell.  Going by the, "old order of things" statement above, one could argue that your earthly need to be with your loved ones, and the sorrow of their permanent absence, has passed away and will be replaced by God.  This naturally leads to the conclusion that once you reach heaven, you won't miss your family member at all.  Nor should you care or even acknowledge the ones you assume are also there with you.  You have God, what more do you need?

The second train of thought would be that you will actually enjoy witnessing the eternal torture of your family member.  Given the argument that your soul would indeed rejoice being reunited with friends and loved ones, then your soul must also acknowledge those that didn't.  According to the Bible, there will be no mourning, no crying, and no pain.  Thus, your soul must find comfort in knowing that so many heathens are finally getting what they deserve, an eternity filled with misery and agony.  Even once beloved family members.

Then there are even more questions.  What about good Christian people who had catastrophic brain damage before they died?  Which person ends up in Heaven, the healthy believer or the invalid?  Furthermore, what has heaven to do with people who lose their spouses and remarry?  With which husband/wife do you happily spend eternity?

Which leads me to one of the more famous verses in the Bible, John 3:16 -
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
And those that know me well have already heard my favorite question when it comes to that verse: What do you do when you still have eternity and you've already done everything?

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