HEAVEN will earthly memories remain intact?

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  1. Carolyn Dee

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    HEAVEN - no doubt it will be an incredible beautiful, fantastic, blessed and most peaceful place! I have no doubt that worship will be a most joyous and happy undertaking.

    ...but will our earthly memories remain intact? Will we remember history as we know it? Some point to Isaiah 65:17 as evidence that we will NOT remember anything of our earthly lives (however, I believe that verse refers to the 1,000 year millenial reign only - after all, the inhabitants of that time period will have no idea nor care to remember what the "old earth" was like).

    Input please!!! [​IMG]
     
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    Tea Time!!

    Good story to relate would be Lazarus and the rich man---Laz died and went to Abraham's Bosom(OT equated Heaven) and the rich man died and went to hell!

    The rich man remembered that Laz was his neighbor
    He remembered that he had brothers at home in need of salvation!
    He recalled what thirst was like

    I would say--yes--total recall! No absent mindedness in Glory or in hell!

    Luke 16: 25 is an echo in the ears of the mind of the rich man--"Son, remember!" "Son, remember!" "Son, remember!" How would you like to have those words echo past your mind for all eternity??

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    There are some vague biblical implications either way, but none that are difinitive, so this is a big "dunno for sure". But one thing is certain. Our memories and experiences (earthly and otherwise) are part of what makes us who we are. It would make no biblical sense to me for us to become saved and enter existence with God, only to have no knowlege of how or why we got there. So I'd have to deduce that, most likely, yes, we'l retain our earthly memories. But to what extent is anyone's guess. It would be like trying to explain algebra to an infant.
     
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    But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses and sins, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

    How're we gonna understand the surpassing riches of His grace toward us in the ages to come, if we don't remember what we were and what was done for us?
     
  5. just-want-peace

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    Maybe part of the torment of hell is remembering what you screwed up on but COULD have done differently. :confused:


    To an extent, I agree, but will we remember EVERYTHING? I personally cannot see remembering some of the things I've done and looking Christ in the face without sheer, abject horror and shame.

    So maybe the memories will be selective, OR just maybe the glory of God will be so fantastic that even remembering the blackness of our past is no more than simply a mere "fact" with no guilt/emotion attached?!

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    OOOOOOOHHHHH, but even those shameful things will be brought to bear---as an eternal reminder that "where sin abounds, grace evermore abounds!"

    The golden streets of glory will be flooded with God's grace!!!!!(figure of speech here! Please don't get your theological feathers ruffled trying to find that in the Bible!!)

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    This post raises a question I have.

    Will we know each other as brothers and sisters in Christ only; or will we know our parents, children etc.?

    If we will know each other and the relationship we had on earth; what happens if a widow remarries and both of her husbands are in Heaven?

    This is a serious question, not meant to be a joke. I have always wondered about that. It would work the same way with divorced and remarried people.
     
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    We will be known as we are known. Jesus said that those of heaven are not married or given in mariiage, but I believe that the love will be there and we will know each other.

    I have heard some say that we will not remember those who did not choose God. I must disagree. I have a sister who is in hell right now awaiting the great white throne. When I stand before Jesus, I will still remember her, and I will glorify God . I cannot condemn God for her choice, but it hurts. But in heaven I will be able to praise Him for His holiness and for His righteous judgement.

    If we do not remember earth, how would we remember the love and grace shown to us?

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
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    Lets say we all live to be a hundred. Then we go to heaven. After we've been there a thousand years, our earthly life will have been one tenth of the span of our lives, and will be like our childhood to our adulthood.

    How much do you as adults dwell on the years of your childhood? Or if you're a teenager, how much do you dwell on your preschool years?

    That's what our heavenly life will be like. Sure we'll remember our earthy lives, but they will be more and more irrelevant to the glorious NOW that we will be experiencing.
     
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    That's assuming that time in Heaven is similar to time on earth. Don't forget, time on earth is bound by the 3D rules of the physical universe, where time is linear. There' no assumption that time in Heaven in any way resembles time on earth. Additionally, since we're tine-linear beings, we caannot have any concept of non-linear existence in regard to time. In layman's terms, we won't know what it's like until we die.
     
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    Question... If you remember your earthly lives how can it be called Heaven? :confused: ... Brother Glen [​IMG]
     
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    excellent point, paul.
     
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    Scripture says [lose paraphrase] "God shall wipe away all tears."

    My dad always said - that that verse means we will not remember all the bad stuff!

    Dan
     
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    Or maybe it means that we will remember the "bad stuff" but see it with an eternal perspective--we will see God's good purpose in it. So rather than feeling sadness because of the "bad stuff", we will feel joy that God's good purpose was accomplished through it.
     
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    [​IMG] Hello to all who responded to my topic. In reading through the replies, I feel that we shall certainly know each other and that our memories would be intact, sans anything that would shame or embarass us. All tears will be wiped away.
    A very dear woman I know believes that Christians will have no recollection of our earthly lives...the more I thought about her assertion, the more I came away with that God would not perform some kind of "divine lobotomy" on us. To do that would mean we would become mere robotic
    puppets.
    I hope to hear from more of you! Don't be shy. Step right up. [​IMG]
     

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