Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Q&A - Memories in heaven and hell

If there's nothin good in hell and nothin bad in heaven then we can really only have half of our memory, the good or the bad depending on where u end up. What do you think about this?

All of scripture from Genesis to Revelation points to one person, Jesus the eternal son of God. In the beginning God made all that can be known by us and for us.

Col 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him

And in the end the finality to the Bible it points to Jesus as our redeemer and as a picture of the original tree of life

Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
Rev 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

And Jesus points us to the overall reason for our existence, which is…

Joh 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

As that as the basis heaven is as much a place as it is a relationship with the eternal God. Our mind, where we have memories, is an imperfect fallen vessel for remembering things and as such our memories start to go quick and sometimes all together in the case of Alzheimer.

Many theologians believe that we will have no memories while in heaven because of Jesus wiping them away as in Rev 21:4 or they point to Isa 65:17 and some contend that our memories will be wiped cleansened and restored and not wiped away…to be honest the Bible is somewhat silent on the matter.

As for the dead that reside in hell many people look to the story of the Rich man and Lazarus found in Luk 16:19-31 and point out that the Rich man had memories of his family and possibly even the justice of God on his sin, as he did not asked to be released from hell. Either way hell is an existence, eternally away from the goodness of God and his gifts thus God allowing and giving the volitional choice each human has made for themselves…what more could God do. It would be good for each of us to contrast what is said about heaven and about hell and to look to the goodness, grace and love that God has for each and every soul.

Mat 22:13 Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

1Co 2:9 But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"--

1 comment:

Dave said...

Please feel free to email me your questions, I think they are a great help to many...