Monday, July 2, 2012

No sexual reproduction in Heaven

The entire creation is physically, mentally and even spiritually geared up for male/female union from bees and flowers to the wedding celebrations and marriage institutions of the nations. Females are beautiful and attractive and male are handsome and aggressive. This all is so powerful and joyous event that Jesus  compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a great wedding to which people are invited.
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
Matthew 22:1-3 NIV
Already in the very beginning the Bible tells about the creation of man and woman together as God's image and sets reproduction as a fundamental task. Our existence has a very clear double purpose: multiply until you fill the earth and subdue it - and these two things we have done so that our numbers are reaching seven billion and the entire creation is trembling under our rule (at least almost entire creation)!
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
Genesis 1:28

Sex in Heaven?
Jesus gives a profound answer to Sadducees who say there is no resurrection. In the Gospel of Luke He acknowledges that marriage is an integral part "in this age". But in the coming age there is neither marriage nor death.
Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels.
They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.
Luke 20:34-36 NIV
In a previous posting Orgasm in the Origins I argued that we may look at biological life in this age by reversing the common idea of orgasm being the point of highest tension furthest point from rest. This goes against the widespread Christian teaching that the killing of sexuality, latency, ideal celibacy like that of Saint Paul, is the heavenly state. Instead, in Heaven the deep purpose of orgasm and sex - the complete physical, mental and spiritual unity of man and woman - has been achieved. Everything is one.

Marriage obviously has a very significant purpose that causes much troubles to us humans wanting to just have good time with our partner - reproduction. 

According to the words of Jesus to the Sadducees "in the coming age" there is no reproduction. Nobody is being born in the Heaven nor is there death.

No children born in Heaven?
The population of Heaven is based on a quota, on a selection. Once the full number is in according to the Books kept up there nobody else gets in and nobody is born in Heaven.

Note carefully what Lord Jesus says in the Gospel of Luke when He answers to the Sadducees and talks about the "coming age". There is no marriage - that is in modern terms, there is no sex - in the coming age.  So?

For they are God's children.
They are children of resurrection.

But somehow they are born although not in the coming age which has a strict quota based population (established before Creation of the world, see Ephesians 1:4).

Note the wording in the parable in Matthew 22 "the Kingdom of Heaven".

The Kingdom of Heaven is a place where children of God are being born from the divine seed of the Word that "melts" into a human through faith.

That is a bit heavy sentence, I know, and there are many verses behind it from various books of the Bible. A big library can be filled with books discussing these matters!

Born-again Christianity
We have all heard about born-again Christianity. From experience we know that people who talk much about "being born again" are not necessarily very heavenly beings and angelic nice characters. Rather, the opposite is often true putting us off with the whole term.

But since nobody is born in the coming age and there is no need for sex in Heaven from where the people who enter there?

The population of Heaven is quota based and consists only of children of God. Such children are, as the sentence say, born from the Father and not from the will of man and woman.

The Kingdom of Heaven is near - it is down here in this current age. Those who enter it are born again from Heavenly Father and become children of God.

Gospel of John puts this in such a beautiful way in the nightly discussion between a famed Rabbi and a Jew from high social position, a now world-famous Pharisee called Nicodemus.

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
John 3:3-9 NIV

Indeed, how can this be?

Probably the most important question also you and me can ask Lord Jesus.

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