Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What is Heaven like? -- part 6

To answer the questions from 2 weeks ago.

1. What will our bodies be like? age, male/female, size, senses, super abilities, emotions?

Our best example in the Bible of what our bodies will be like was of Jesus Himself after he rose from the dead. Scripture indicates He had a glorified body and that one day we will be like Him. We know the following after the Resurrection: Jesus was still distinctly male, he remained at or close to His age when He died, He was not abnormal in size or stature. He expressed emotions: laughter, love. . .etc. He possessed all His senses: Sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. He had the ability to walk through walls and project Himself over distances. Therefore, He did have super abilities.

Though the Bible doesn't specifically say, many theologians believe we will all remain at an age when our bodies will be at their prime. Somewhere around our late 20's, early 30's. In other words, if you die when you are 100 years old, you will not spend eternity in that state. In fact, God's original plan for mankind was that we never age (Adam and Eve). Since aging, deformities and diseases were all caused by the fall, none of these things will affect our new bodies.

From the example of Jesus, we see that we will have senses, but personally, I believe they will be super-enhanced in Heaven. Flowers will smell sweeter, food will taste better, music will sound more harmonious. And God is a God of emotion. Just read through the Bible and you cannot deny it. He created us to have emotions. Here on Earth, they are tainted by sin, but in Heaven, all our emotions will be much stronger and more wonderful than we can imagine.
Super abilities: Who knows? The sky (no Heaven) is the limit. Jesus could walk through walls. I like to think that we'll be able to fly. Or better yet, dive to the deepest part of the ocean without scuba gear. Nothing is impossible with God.

2. Will we be capable of sin?
I know many people who are fearful even now of getting to Heaven, commiting some sin, and being cast out. I don't believe that can happen. In Revelation, God describes Heaven as a place where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Since sin causes all those things, it is logical to conclude that there will be no sin in Heaven. In Hebrews 9, the Scripture says that Jesus died to put an end to sin. It's over, done with. Gone. Amen

Sounds good, huh?

Next week's questions: (For those teachers and writers out there)

1. What will we know and learn?
2. Will there be books in Heaven? Will books written on Earth survive in Heaven?

1 comment:

  1. thank you for the time and effort you put into this topic. it's very enlightening.