Eschatology

 

 

8. Will we know each other in heaven?

 

 

Yes, we will. Since we will certainly know the Son of God even though we have not seen Him and we did not know Him in the days of His flesh nor did we eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead, we will certainly know also all the saints of the past (such as the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles and the early disciples) and those who have not yet died. For after death the soul of a person looks like the person in which the soul dwelt, thus he (or she) will be easily and immediately recognized by each of us.

We do not know how we will be able to recognize them once we are in heaven, but we are not much interested in knowing this, what matters is that we will be able to talk with them and to call them by name without mistaking one person for another.

The story of the rich man and Lazarus, told by Jesus Christ, confirms what I have just said. Here is the story: “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell [Hades] he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:19-31). I would like to point out that the rich man while he was in hell knew both Abraham (even though he had not known him personally) and Lazarus (who was a poor man he had known personally on earth).

 

 

 

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