Is There Marriage in Heaven?

Wedding Rings

Are there marriages in heaven? The most obvious answer would seem to be no, based on Jesus’ words to the Sadducees as recorded in Luke 20:27-38, Matthew 22:23-32, and Mark 12:18-27. Here’s the Luke account: But certain of the Sadducees, who deny that there is any resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, saying, “Teacher, [Read More...]

Sermon: Those Who Are With Us

I preached this sermon on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Olivet New Church in Toronto. THOSE WHO ARE WITH US Readings: 2 Kings 6:8-23; Mark 9:36-41; Arcana Coelestia 5036 “So [Elisha] answered, “Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16). All of us [Read More...]

What Will We Do In Heaven?

C. Michael Patton has a great series over at Parchment and Pen called “Questions I Hope No One Will Ask.” The latest question he addresses is, “What will we be doing in heaven?” Obviously, as a New Church person, this is the FIRST question I hope to be asked. The Writings have answers – entire [Read More...]

Rev. Jonathan Rose in “Heaven”

In Monday’s New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer reviews a new book by Lisa Miller entitled Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. The review mentions a few specific views of heaven that Miller explores, including the Swedenborgian view of heaven: Over time, she explains, visions of heaven became more specific. The Book of Revelation is especially vivid. In the [Read More...]

“Pork, A Piece of Beef, Cheese, Beer and Fiery Wine”

Doing research for a doctrinal class, I was looking at  Divine Providence n. 67, which says that Divine Providence not only leads a person to heaven, but leads them toward a specific place in heaven.  I personally love this teaching, but I know for some people it seems to take away free will – and [Read More...]


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