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  • drew
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    Some of my thoughts about the life to come that I suspect will arouse some discussion:

    1. Heaven is nice, but you're not going to be there forever. Heaven, if you like, is the place where we "rest" until we are resurrected bodily and are granted eternal life on a remade and transformed earth. This is what the New Testament teaches (I can provide biblical support).

    2. The idea that we will live out eternity as conscious immaterial "souls" is not in the Scriptures. At our final destination, a remade earth, we will be distinctly "embodied", just like Jesus was after he rose. Paul describes Jesus as the first-fruits and that, at his return, we will be raised bodily. I suggest that Greek ideas about disembodied souls have distorted the true Biblical picture of the life to come.

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  • drew
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    Originally posted by AlainaJ View Post
    Since in eternity there is no time....
    I am going to politely disagree. I know of no scripture that suggests that there will be no time in the life to come. I think we get this idea from vague cultural sources and it is really not Biblical. Can you show me where the scriptures teach that in eternity, there will be no time?

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  • 9Marksfan
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    Originally posted by Soj_NZ View Post
    there is one verse which has spoken to my heart time and time again when it comes to these matters, it declares that it hasn't even entered into our hearts what God has prepared for us in eternity!!
    1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
    Amen! That's my favourite "heaven" verse too! Especially the KJV!!!!!

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  • jeffweeder
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    1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
    Wow, this can only mean that its better than what we could think it is..wow.

    When a person dies, do they keep their personality that they had in life in the afterlife?

    I think so. God doesnt want to destroy our Character or personality
    A scripture comes to mind ( a good thing ), where our works will follow us.

    In the fathers house there are many dwelling places.

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  • Soj
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    Originally posted by Keene View Post
    I had a question come up that I didn't really have an answer for. When a person dies, do they keep their personality that they had in life in the afterlife? Also, how about their maturity? I have a friend who died when she was 22. If I were to die today (32) and saw her in the afterlife, would she still have the maturity of a 22 year old? So there's a chance that seeing her again we'd almost be more like strangers because I grew up, matured, gleaned experience, whereas she stopped all that at 22.Just wondering what people's thoughts were on this and if there is anything in scripture that tells us about this.
    These are deep questions and will not likely be answered in this life.


    What I do believe though is that the real you is not the body you see in the mirror, it is the soul that is within. The soul is your very seat of emotions, your character, your personality. It is your soul which is saved when you receive Jesus as your Saviour:
    Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

    Thus when your soul gets to heaven it will be the real you! I tend to think that our maturity in this life will be evident in heaven but I also know that God is going to do a makeover on us all so that we are like Him:
    1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

    Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

    These questions are both mysterious and exciting to think about and discuss, and there is one verse which has spoken to my heart time and time again when it comes to these matters, it declares that it hasn't even entered into our hearts what God has prepared for us in eternity!!
    1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

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  • CanuckMedic
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    Each person though will be unique, and so I imagine some of the traits of our old personalities will remain. A choir wouldn't sound good if everyone's voice was identical.

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  • cross crusader
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    Originally posted by Keene View Post
    I had a question come up that I didn't really have an answer for. When a person dies, do they keep their personality that they had in life in the afterlife? Also, how about their maturity? I have a friend who died when she was 22. If I were to die today (32) and saw her in the afterlife, would she still have the maturity of a 22 year old? So there's a chance that seeing her again we'd almost be more like strangers because I grew up, matured, gleaned experience, whereas she stopped all that at 22.Just wondering what people's thoughts were on this and if there is anything in scripture that tells us about this.
    we will not be the same. we will be perfect. Our soul is perfected, we will be polar opposites. We will kow just as we are known

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  • AlainaJ
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    Good question

    I think we will all be like Christ.

    1John.3
    1. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
    Since in eternity there is no time....age won't exist. I know that is hard to think about- but heaven is beyond what we are capable of imagining.

    Jesus also says after the resurection we shall be like the Angels- and angels are immortal they do not age.

    Luke.20
    1. [36] Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
    God Bless

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  • Keene
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    When people die...

    I had a question come up that I didn't really have an answer for. When a person dies, do they keep their personality that they had in life in the afterlife? Also, how about their maturity? I have a friend who died when she was 22. If I were to die today (32) and saw her in the afterlife, would she still have the maturity of a 22 year old? So there's a chance that seeing her again we'd almost be more like strangers because I grew up, matured, gleaned experience, whereas she stopped all that at 22.Just wondering what people's thoughts were on this and if there is anything in scripture that tells us about this.
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