Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Is There Marriage in Heaven?
Yesterday, a person posted a question on a discussion list that piqued my interest. Essentially, he was asking whether people will remain married in heaven. I find this question to be a very common one today and have done a lot of Bible study and thinking about it over time.

The main relevant biblical passage is Matthew 22:23-33, where Jesus is asked by the Sadducees about a woman who had married several men. They challenge Jesus to answer whose wife she will be after her death. He responded by saying, "You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven." There will be no marriage in heaven.

Nevertheless, this answer is not easy for many modern Christians to hear. People think: "But I could never imagine being without my spouse. How could I have joy in heaven apart from my love?" To be blunt, a person thinking this way is committing idolatry. Essentially, he or she is saying that Christ is not enough. I still need my spouse. Randy Alcorn's answer to this question is very helpful, which centers his response on Christ (taken from Eternal Perspective Ministries):

In heaven there will be one marriage, not many. That marriage will be what earthly marriage symbolized and pointed to, the marriage of Christ to his bride. So we will all be married—but to Christ. To have a lot of marriages in heaven would be like still offering sacrifices after the Lamb of God came and offered the ultimate sacrifice. Our marriage to Him is the true Marriage, of which the best of earthly marriages was a symbol and shadow. Those who did not experience marriage or had only a poor marriage on earth will be delighted with their eternal bridegroom, who has already gone to prepare a place for them. One day all heaven will attend the ultimate wedding, and we will be his bride (Read Rev. 19:7-9).

However, I do envision that people who have had important roles in each others' lives will continue to be friends—and that would include a lot of people who've been married. If a woman was married to a man, he died and she married another man I think she could have a meaningful deep friendship in heaven with both.

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At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed when people say things like this about heaven ("I could never live without my love"). Years ago a young Christian woman told me that she didn't want to go to heaven until she'd had a chance to get married and have children. Though I was a wife and mother myself at the time, with one child still at home, I remember being completely astounded by her attitude. Are these people really saved? Or have we presented such a paltry Christ that people think he is only a buddy to help them in this world, but not the Lord of the universe? do they have so little love and reverence for Christ that they prefer someone else (even an unknown someone as in my friend's case!) rather than Christ? Maybe they have not suffered enough in this life to realize that this life never truly satisfies. The soul that has been transformed by Christ can never be truly satisfied until it is in His eternal presence.

 

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