You Will Be You in Heaven [Questions That Haunt]

Questions That Haunt Christianity

This week’s question comes to us from Angel:

I have a question for the series. When I was very young, I used to wander into my parents’ morning bible study and listen. At one point, I heard something that really disturbed me and worries me to this day: when we go to heaven, we take no worthly possessions, not even our memories. I don’t want to forget anything that happened to me when I was alive. My question is this: Why do we have to forget when we go to heaven? Why would God make us suffer this fate of oblivion? Is there any way to avoid this?

I am hesitant to answer any question about the afterlife. Much theology is speculation. Talk of heaven and hell is entirely speculation. As a practical theologian, by training, I am both more interested and more competent in theological discourse that is rooted in human experience — and, as I’ve written before, I don’t believe that Don Piper spent 90 minutes in heaven. Nevertheless, Angel asked, so I’ll answer.

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Do We Retain Our Memories in Heaven? [Questions That Haunt]

Questions That Haunt Christianity

I hope you liked Richard Beck’s wonderfully thorough answer to last week’s question. I thought it was awesome. This week’s question comes to us from Angel:

I have a question for the series. When I was very young, I used to wander into my parents’ morning bible study and listen. At one point, I heard something that really disturbed me and worries me to this day: when we go to heaven, we take no worthly possessions, not even our memories. I don’t want to forget anything that happened to me when I was alive. My question is this: Why do we have to forget when we go to heaven? Why would God make us suffer this fate of oblivion? Is there any way to avoid this?

I am really looking forward to reading your responses to Angel’s question. I’ll give it my best shot on Friday.

Don Piper Did Not Go To Heaven

This isn't heaven, and Don Piper didn't go here.

It’s rare that I get a chance to agree with Tim Challies, so when I do get that chance, I take it! (HT to RHE for pointing me to this.)


I haven’t read a single book in the heaven-and-back genre, but it does chap my hide every Sunday when I see them atop the NY Times Bestseller lists. How dumb can the American public be? I ask myself. (Don’t answer that. It’s a rhetorical question.)

Tim asks a different question: Am I, as a Christian, obligated to give these Christian authors the benefit of the doubt:

I am not going to review To Heaven and Back. It’s pure junk, fiction in the guise of biography, paganism in the guise of Christianity. But I do want to address a question that often arises around this book and others in the genre: How do I respond to them? How do I respond to those who say they have been to heaven? When a Christian, or a person who claims to be a Christian, tells me that he has been to heaven, am I obliged to believe him or at least to give him the benefit of the doubt?

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If This Is Heaven, Who Needs Hell?

And can someone please tell me why this is on a Preterist website?  Is this guy a Preterist, or are they making fun of him?  (I assume they’re making fun of him in favor of their own belief that we’re living in the Second Coming, but I’m still fuzzy on Preterism…)

HT: Trucker Frank


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