Eschatology

 

 

19. Will married people continue to be married in heaven?

 

 

 

No, when they go to heaven they will be no more married because death dissolves the bond of marriage, for Paul said to the saints of Rome: “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man” (Romans 7:2-3).

Therefore, if a widow who marries another man is no adulteress that means that she is no longer considered the wife of her husband who is dead. On the other hand, marriage implies a sexual relation between man and woman and the possibility of begetting children (till a certain age, of course, and not for all the time the marriage lasts if the time is long), which after death in heaven are no more.

In heaven man and woman cannot have sexual relations, not even to beget children, they are in a dimension which does not permit them to have sexual relations, for they are without their body and men and women can have sexual relations only through their body.

That in heaven married people are no more married was confirmed by Jesus when He answered a question the Sadducees asked Him; here is the question of the Sadducees and the answer of Jesus: “Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children. And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels [like the angels]; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:28-36).

As you can see, according to the answer given by Jesus, those who are dead are like the angels, that is, free of any bond of matrimony. It is true that in the above mentioned answer of Jesus, Jesus spoke about the condition of the married people in the resurrection, that is, after they are raised from the dead; however, it is evident that according to the words of Jesus we can say the same thing about the condition of the dead people between death and resurrection. For if in the resurrection the children of God neither marry nor are given in marriage, even though they will receive an immortal and incorruptible body (and their soul will be reunited with their resurrected body), how much more can we say this about the children of God while they are in heaven (only with their soul) between death and resurrection. Furthermore, if it were not so, this would mean that marriage is valid till the resurrection of the dead, and consequently if a widow remarries she will commit adultery (because she is still the wife of her dead husband) and this is inconsistent with the biblical teaching.

Obviously, I don’t mean that in heaven a man will not recognize the woman who was his wife on the earth. For in heaven we will know each other, so children will recognize their parents and vice versa, husbands will recognize their wives and vice versa, and so on (I am speaking of those cases in which children and parents were all saved, and both husband and wife were saved).

 

 

 

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