Is There Marriage in Heaven?

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…]