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.