Are you in a happy marriage that you hope will continue forever in heaven? Has your beloved husband or wife died, and you hope and pray that you will be able to rejoin him or her when it comes your time to die? Do you long for a loving and eternally growing marriage even if you haven’t yet experienced it yourself?
If so, you are certainly not alone. And the news is better than you’ve been told!
Traditional Christian churches teach that there is no marriage in heaven. In the previous article, “Didn’t Jesus Say There’s No Marriage in Heaven?” we looked closely at Jesus’ words to the Sadducees, which is where they got that idea:
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)
That article made these three points, focusing mostly on the first one:
- Marriage in Jesus’ day, and throughout most of human history, was not what many people today think of as marriage: a relationship based on love and a union of mind and heart. Rather, it was a legal and social arrangement that granted certain rights and privileges to married people and their children. These legal rights and privileges are unnecessary in the afterlife. The marriage that doesn’t exist in heaven is legal marriage, not spiritual marriage.
- Jesus simply didn’t say that there is no marriage in heaven. He said people don’t get married in heaven. In other words, his statement was about the act of getting married, not the state of being married. And spiritually, we get married here on earth, not in heaven.
- Jesus says elsewhere that marriage was created by God from the beginning. And what God does is not temporary, but eternal. The human institution of legal marriage that exists on earth is temporary, and does not exist in heaven. But true spiritual marriage is made by God, and is therefore eternal.
In this second article in a series of three, we will expand on the second and third points, which were covered only briefly in the first article. In looking at the deeper meaning of Jesus’ words we will draw on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772).
Whether or not you have already experienced a close and loving marriage relationship, here is the good news: true spiritual marriage does last forever. And people who long for it will experience it in heaven even if they don’t find it here on earth.
That is, we will experience it if we do the work of spiritual rebirth that is our primary task during our lifetime here on earth. In fact, that is the deeper meaning of Jesus’ words about marriage in the resurrection.
This is a huge topic! But if you truly want a deeper understanding of Jesus’ words, I invite you to settle in for a brain-bending and spiritually challenging read.
Marriage in heaven vs. marriage on earth
Twice in his theological writings Swedenborg discusses Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees’ question as it relates to marriage and the afterlife.
The first is in his most popular book, Heaven and Hell, which includes a chapter on marriage in heaven. In that chapter he says that the angels who live in the various levels and communities of heaven do indeed have happy, eternal, monogamous marriages. But, he says:
Marriages in the heavens differ from marriages on earth in that earthly marriages are also for the purpose of having children, while this is not the case in the heavens. In place of the procreation of children there is the procreation of what is good and true. . . .
We can see from this that marriages in the heavens are not the same as marriages on earth. In the heavens there are spiritual weddings that should not be called weddings but unions of minds, because of the union of the good and the true. On earth, though, there are weddings, because they concern not only the spirit but the flesh as well. Further, since there are no weddings in the heavens, two spouses there are not called husband and wife, but because of the angelic concept of the union of two minds into one, each spouse is identified by a word that means “belonging to each other.” (Heaven and Hell #382b)
This throws real light on Jesus’ words in Luke 20:34–36 about marriage and the afterlife.
We’ll come back later to those strange-sounding parts about “the union of the good and the true” and “the procreation of what is good and true.” For now, notice Swedenborg’s statement about marriage being so different in the spiritual world that angels don’t even use the same words to describe it.
First, married couples in heaven do not have children. This means that all the rights and privileges granted by legal marriage here on earth related to children—being their legal guardians, passing property and assets on to them by inheritance, having them continue the family name and lineage, and so on—simply don’t apply to marriages in heaven. And that is one of the major purposes of the human institution of marriage.
Swedenborg then extends the same principle to everything else that has historically been thought of as “marriage” here on earth. None of the external things (things of “the flesh,” in Swedenborg’s words) that marriages here on earth are concerned with have anything to do with marriage in heaven. In heaven there are only “spiritual weddings,” which are unions of minds.
- There is no marriage license, and no recording in county or state registers.
- There are no legal rights to property.
- There are no legal rights to determine medical treatment or burial for spouses.
- There are no inheritance rights.
- No priest or minister, still less a justice of the peace, officiates at these spiritual weddings in heaven.
- Angels don’t even use the words “husband” and “wife” to describe the partners.
Almost everything we traditionally think of as “a wedding” and “a marriage” simply doesn’t exist in heaven. There is no property, couples do not have children, there is no sickness or death, and even no need for clergy to pronounce that the two are married because God is the one making the union—and in heaven, God is present with the angels directly, with no need for a human representative.
All of this why weddings and marriages in heaven are so different that they really shouldn’t even be called “weddings” and “marriages” as those terms are used here on earth. That would give the wrong impression of what’s taking place. And although many people today do have a conception of marriage that is more like what exists in heaven, as explained in the previous article, when Jesus was addressing the Sadducees’ question two thousand years ago the meaning of “getting married” was exactly what doesn’t happen in heaven. That’s why Jesus said what he did to them.
Now, truth be told, Swedenborg does talk about weddings and marriages in heaven. But to paraphrase what Swedenborg says in other places when he’s having trouble expressing in earthly words the things that exist in heaven: “The words I am using here don’t really convey what things are like in the spiritual world. But since they’re the only words we have, I’ll just have to use them anyway.”
In heaven, Swedenborg says, two people are not considered “married” because of a marriage license and a wedding ceremony as they are on earth. There, people are married for one and only one reason: they are united in mind, heart, and spirit. For more on this, please see: “How does Marriage Fit In with a Spiritual Life? Is There Marriage in Heaven?”
That’s why in his book Marriage Love, published in 1768, Swedenborg wrote:
There is a real marriage love that is so rare today that people do not know what it is, and they hardly even know that it exists. (Marriage Love #58)
As Stephanie Coontz’s book Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage shows, Swedenborg was not being hyperbolic when he said this. He was simply reporting a sociological fact: that marriage as it existed right up to his time in the 18th century had nothing to do with mutual love or any inner union of minds and hearts. People simply did not know that anything like real, spiritual marriage existed.
And yet, that is precisely the sort of marriage Swedenborg says exists in the afterlife. It has nothing to do with childbearing, property, inheritance, social status and privilege, or any of the reasons for which people “married and were given in marriage” in Jesus’ day and throughout most of human history.
Jesus was not saying that marriage as many people today think of it—as a relationship of love and inner connection between two people—does not exist in heaven. When Jesus used the word “marriage,” no such idea would have ever occurred to any of his listeners. Jesus was saying that marriage as the people of his day and age thought of it—as a legal, social, property, and inheritance contract—does not exist in heaven.
And that is precisely what Swedenborg tells us based on his experience of marriages in heaven. What people have thought of as “marriage” for thousands of years does not exist in heaven.
Spiritual marriage happens on earth, not in heaven
Now let’s take Jesus’ words to a deeper level. First, let’s look at it from the point of view of spiritual marriage between two people, which is the union of two minds into one.
When Jesus said, “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” (Luke 20:34–35), in addition to saying that what his hearers thought of as “getting married” doesn’t happen in heaven, he also said that when it comes to real, spiritual marriage, that happens here on earth, not in the afterlife.
Remember, Jesus did not say, “People aren’t married in the resurrection.” He said, “People don’t get married in the resurrection.” So if the union of two people into one is created by God as the Bible says, and is therefore an eternal union, this means that according to Jesus’ words, two people get spiritually married here on earth, not in heaven.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “What if I don’t meet my soulmate here on earth?!? What about all that stuff you said about people meeting and marrying in the afterlife in the article, “Can you Fall in Love in Heaven if you Haven’t Found Someone on Earth?”
Keep in mind that we’re talking about spiritual marriage, not material-world encounters and weddings. And spiritual marriage is something that happens within each one of us, and between two people inwardly. Meeting in person and getting married in heaven (or in a genuine marriage here on earth) is the result of a spiritual wedding that has already taken place within the souls of the two people.
Real marriage vs. earthly marriage and divorce
Let me explain.
The only way two minds, hearts, and spirits can be united into one is if the two people actually are at one with one another inwardly. “Soulmates,” or spiritual marriage partners, are two people whose souls go together. And they go together because they inhabit the same spiritual “space,” meaning they share the same spiritual and moral character and values.
By now we humans know from a century or more of hard experience that you really can’t put together two people who don’t actually go together. Oh, you can try. But before long it will become blindingly obvious to the couple, and probably to everyone else, that there is no real marriage there. There is no union of two minds into one.
It used to be that people stayed together anyway due to heavy financial, social, and legal penalties and repercussions that came down upon people who divorced. Today, with less onerous legal and social strictures on divorce, people who really don’t go together inwardly commonly do split up.
Yes, some people think that’s a bad thing. But whether it is good or bad, it is a real reflection of the fact that the divorced couple did not have a union of minds. They did not have a spiritual marriage.
In the spiritual world, Swedenborg says, married couples who don’t belong together in heart, mind, and spirit simply break up and go their own ways. The high divorce rates these days that so many traditionalists lament exists precisely because our human societies here on earth are beginning to see marriage more the way it is seen in the spiritual world, and are no longer accepting marriages that aren’t real marriages.
Real marriages develop here on earth
Spiritually, people “marry and are given in marriage” when their character and values develop to the point where the two of them are a match for each other in heart, mind, and spirit. This is something that happens here on earth, regardless of whether the two people actually meet on earth.
Spiritually, by the time your lifetime on earth is finished you are already married to someone who is your soulmate, even if you’ve never met that person. And if you haven’t met that person here on earth, all that happens in the afterlife is you meet her or him, and realize that this is the person you’ve been married to in spirit all along.
If you then have a ceremony or celebration in the spiritual world, that’s just frosting on the cake. That’s why Swedenborg says it really shouldn’t even be called a wedding. The wedding, which Jesus calls “marrying and being given in marriage,” has already taken place spiritually. It happened when the two of you grew together in spirit in the course of your lifetimes here on earth.
You see, it is here on earth that we develop into the person we will be to eternity. It is here on earth that we have the experiences, and make the moral and spiritual choices in the course of those experiences, that determine the type of person we will be forever. It is here on earth that we become the person who is a match in mind, heart, and soul for another person whose spiritual journey here on earth has brought him or her to the same spiritual place that we live in as a person.
In short, it is here on earth that we become the specific person, of a specific spiritual character, who is married to the spiritual character of another person whose spiritual journey has led them to the same place in spiritual life.
That’s why even if you never meet or marry your soulmate here on earth, by the time you leave this earth you have already gotten married to that person spiritually.
God is preparing someone for you
That is one of the deeper levels of meaning in Jesus’ statement, “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” (Luke 20:34–35). When we lift our minds up to a higher level, and read Jesus’ words as being about spiritual marriage, the meaning is that spiritually, people do not get married in heaven, but here on earth. That’s because it is here on earth that we become the person who is united in mind and heart to another person who is traveling on the same spiritual path as we are, toward the same spiritual destination.
If you have not yet found that person here on earth, take courage and have faith! God is already leading someone along life’s journey whose path will join yours. The two of you will meet—if not here on earth, then in the hereafter. Here is how Swedenborg expresses it in Marriage Love #229:
For people who yearn for real marriage love the Lord provides someone similar, and if someone similar is not available on earth, he provides someone in heaven. The reason is that the Lord provides all the marriages based on real marriage love. I have heard angels describe how marriages are provided in heaven, as follows.
The Lord’s Divine Providence over marriages and in marriages is most detailed and most universal because all the joys of heaven well up from the joys of marriage love like sweet waters out of a flowing spring. This is why it is provided that the pairs for marriage love are born. Under the Lord’s watchful eye the two are continually being raised and prepared for their marriage, both the boy and the girl being unaware of it. Then, when the time comes (she is a woman of marriageable age, and he is a young man ready to marry), they meet somewhere as if by fate and see each other. Right away, as if by some instinct, they know that they are partners, and as if from some inner voice the young man thinks to himself, “She’s mine,” and the young woman thinks to herself, “He’s mine.” After this has sunk into both their minds for a few days they decide to speak to each other, and they become engaged.
The angels said “as if by fate,” “instinct,” and “inner voice”—even though this means by Divine Providence—because it seems that way while they are unaware. But it is actually the Lord who opens their inner similarities for them to see.
But are you really married in your soul?
Before you start jumping for joy and shouting, “Hurrah! I’m already married even if I don’t know it! My partner is just waiting for me!” I have just a little bucket of cold water to throw over your head.
The reality is that you may or may not already be married in your soul. You may or may not have a spiritual partner and soulmate waiting for you. That’s because you may or may not have already become a person whose spiritual character causes you to be married in your soul to another person of similar spiritual character.
Only people who go to heaven, Swedenborg tells us, live in happy, loving, eternal marriages.
In hell, there is no such thing as marriage. Only temporary couplings, or households in which two people are continually at war with one another—similar to the scene portrayed in Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic existentialist play, No Exit. In Sartre’s compact masterpiece, three damned souls are kept in a room with one another in the afterlife not by any bonds of mutual love and affection, or even by locked doors, but by their mutual desire to seduce and torment one another—yielding the famous aphorism, “Hell is other people!”
For people who are self-absorbed, greedy, lecherous, and power-hungry, hell is other people—not to mention their own hellish character. And if we don’t do the work here on earth of not being that type of person, then we will also not be married to anyone in our soul, and we will not have any eternal marriage with a soulmate in heaven.
In short, if we don’t do the work of being spiritually reborn here on earth we won’t be in heaven in the afterlife. We’ll be in the other place. And that means we won’t have a soulmate, because we’ll be too focused on loving ourselves, money, or power to love another person as a partner and soulmate.
For more on this process of being spiritually reborn and becoming our eternal self here on earth, please see these articles:
- Heaven, Regeneration, and the Meaning of Life on Earth
- What does Jesus Mean when He Says we Must be Born Again?
- What does it Mean to be Baptized with Water, the Holy Spirit, and Fire?
Only when we do the inner work of becoming a good, thoughtful, and loving person can we become a person who is married in spirit to another person who has traveled the same journey of spiritual rebirth and growth.
Becoming married in our soul
You see, spiritual marriage is not just something that happens between the souls of two people. It is something that happens within the soul of each of the married partners. That’s what Swedenborg was talking about with his strange-sounding words about “the union of the good and the true.”
And for that marriage within our individual soul to happen, we must become spiritually “married” to God.
Let’s unpack these ideas one at a time.
Becoming married to God
Our marriage union with God is a common theme in the Bible. In fact, heaven itself is often compared to a wedding or marriage union. Here are some examples. Click the reference at the end of each brief quote to read the full story in the Bible:
As a young man marries a young woman,
so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:1–5)
“Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion.” (Jeremiah 3:1–4:4)
“In that day,” declares the Lord,
“you will call me ‘my husband’;
you will no longer call me ‘my master.’” (Hosea 2:14–23)
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.” (Matthew 22:1–14)
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.” (Matthew 25:1–13)
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. . . . Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! (Revelation 19:6–9)
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. . . . One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:1–22:4)
What does it mean to be married to God?
Put simply, it means to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” as Jesus commanded us (Matthew 22:37). We already know that God loves us with all God’s heart, soul, and mind. When we return God’s love, we are married to God in our soul, in a spiritual and metaphorical sense. For more on how to do this, please see the article, “How do I Love God with my Whole Heart?”
Swedenborg expresses it this way:
A spiritual wedding means being linked with the Lord, something that happens on earth, and if it has taken place on earth, it has also taken place in heaven. The wedding therefore cannot be repeated in heaven, nor can they be given in marriage again. This is the meaning of these words, “The sons of this world marry and are given in marriage. But those judged worthy of reaching the other world neither marry nor are given in marriage.” These people are also called by the Lord “the sons of the wedding” (Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:19); and in this passage [Luke 20:27–38] “angels,” “sons of God” and “sons of the resurrection.” (Marriage Love #41:2, italics added)
This passage from Marriage Love is taken from Swedenborg’s second key statement about Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees question as it relates to marriage and the afterlife. It is too long to quote in full in this article, but you can read the whole thing here.
In other words, heaven itself is a state of eternal marriage between God and God’s people. And God’s people are all people who have accepted and returned God’s love during their lifetime here on earth, and who therefore go on to live eternally in heaven.
Becoming married within ourselves
Now let’s unpack Swedenborg’s earlier statement about “the union of the good and the true.”
There is another type of spiritual marriage that we must develop within ourselves here on earth if we are to be spiritually married in heaven. That marriage is a marriage of “the good and the true” within ourselves—or in less abstract terms, a marriage of our heart and head, or of our desires and our beliefs, or of our love and our wisdom.
This may be easier to see by giving examples of what it is not to have an inner marriage of head and heart.
Let’s say we feel in our heart all sorts of love and compassion for the homeless, but we’re totally inept at actually doing anything constructive about it because we have no idea how to go about it. We may hand our change to beggars on the street every day as we pass them—and every day they take it to the liquor store, get their bottle, and ensure another day of homelessness for themselves. Simply feeling compassion for people doesn’t get the job done. To actually help the homeless, we need to learn something about why they’re there, and take intelligent, constructive action that actually improves their situation. Handing a buck or two to a homeless person is easy. Doing something that actually helps them out of homelessness is much harder. And it requires engaging our head in a very rigorous way. Just having love and compassion by itself will not accomplish anything good and constructive.
On the other hand, let’s say we know all about the situation of the homeless, how they got there, the political, financial, sociological, and physiological forces that cause homelessness, and everything else related to those men and women huddled on street corners and under bridges. We may have even written and published an amazing scholarly paper about homelessness and its causes and solutions. But let’s say that in reality, we don’t give a damn about the homeless. For all we care, they can just freeze and die, because they’re a @#$% nuisance, and they should just get out of my way and get a life! All the knowledge in the world won’t do us or anyone else any good if we feel no love in our heart for the people that we know all about.
These are just two common examples of how it’s necessary for our head and our heart to work together for us to be a truly good and spiritual person, and for us to do things for our fellow human beings that are actually good and helpful.
For anything in us to be real and full, it must engage both our head and our heart. We must both love it and have a solid understanding of it. Without both working together, there is a basic disconnect within us that leads either to no action at all or to no good, useful, and constructive action.
Making that connection between our head and our heart, or between what we love and what we learn, is the primary task of our spiritual growth here on earth. We must develop both our capacity to love God and our fellow human beings and our knowledge and understanding of how to express that love in good and constructive ways.
Inner marriage is necessary for interpersonal marriage
Developing this marriage of “the good and the true,” or of head and heart, within ourselves is also necessary if we ever hope to be in a good and loving marriage with another human being.
How attractive is someone who is all affectionate and lovey-dovey, but is an incompetent fool who never even bothered to learn any marketable skills, and who therefore must be supported either by you or by charity and welfare?
How attractive is someone who is highly competent and professional, and a whiz at making lots of money, but who is cold and heartless and gives you no love, affection, sympathy, and support in your daily tasks and personal struggles?
What we find attractive in other people is a sense that both their head and their heart are engaged in everything they do. And if we wish to be in a loving relationship with another person in which there is mutual attraction, each one of us must engage both head and heart in the relationship—and in our work, our goals, and our life in general.
It is the inner marriage of head and heart that makes it possible for us to be in an interpersonal marriage with another person.
And that inner marriage is something that we must accomplish during our lifetime here on earth. Once we die and go on to the spiritual world, it’s too late.
To read Jesus’ words in an even deeper sense, we must “marry and be given in marriage” within ourselves in this age, on this earth, because in the age to come—in the afterlife—we will no longer have the opportunity to create that marriage of head and heart. If we don’t do it here on earth, it will never happen at all.
This also means that if we don’t enter into the heavenly marriage within our soul here on earth, we will never get married to another person to all eternity. That’s because we will not have become a person who can be married to another person.
In short, God will provide a soulmate and true spiritual marriage partner for us either here or in the hereafter if we do the work here on earth of developing the “spiritual marriage” within ourselves of putting our head and our heart together to love God above all, and love our fellow human beings just as much as we love ourselves—and do this in thoughtful, intelligent ways that actually benefit other people and harmonize our actions with God’s will and God’s laws.
What about Jesus’ statement that in the afterlife “they are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36)—meaning there are no human parents and children in heaven?
What about Swedenborg’s statement in Heaven and Hell #282b that though angels in heaven are married and have a sex life, they do not bear children, but that “in place of the procreation of children there is the procreation of what is good and true”?
Swedenborg tells us that although after death people do at first recognize one another as father and son, mother and daughter, this type of relationship gradually fades away, so that eventually everyone in heaven views one another as brothers and sisters, and sees God as their common parent.
And Swedenborg also tells us that although there are many people in heaven who care for and raise children who have died until those children grow up and become angels themselves, angel couples no longer have biological children of their own. That can happen only here on earth.
And yet, this doesn’t mean that marriages in heaven are barren. Instead, Swedenborg says, there is “the procreation of what is good and true.”
That sounds pretty abstract and philosophical. But you have to realize that Swedenborg was a scientist and a philosopher before he became a religious seer. His mind was very much at home with abstract, philosophical thinking.
For the rest of us, though, what is “the procreation of what is good and true”?
Put simply, it is all the wonderful growth in mind and heart that we gain through our relationship with our partner in marriage. And it is all of the good things our married life motivates us to do at home, at work, in our neighborhood, and so on—good deeds that make life better for ourselves and for everyone that our words and actions touch.
A good, loving, growing marriage is inspiring! It gives us ideas and energy to become a better person, and to show more practical love and kindness to our fellow human beings. It inspires us to learn and grow, to become better at our job, and more thoughtful toward the people around us.
The “children” of spiritual marriages both in heaven and here on earth are all of that new growth in love, understanding, and practical good deeds for our fellow human beings. That’s what Swedenborg means with his rather strange and abstract-sounding statement about marriages in heaven not producing physical children, but “the procreation of what is good and true.”
What Jesus was really talking about
So what was Jesus really talking about in his statement about marriage and the resurrection?
Here it is in a nutshell:
- Jesus did not say that there’s no marriage in heaven. He said that people don’t get married in the afterlife.
- In a literal sense, his words mean that what the Sadducees (not to mention the vast bulk of people throughout history) thought of as “marriage”—a legal and contractual relationship to secure property, financial benefit, family lineage, inheritance, and social status—does not exist in heaven.
- When it comes to spiritual marriage, being “married and given in marriage” is something that happens during our lifetime here on earth, within our own souls, through learning and growing in love and understanding, and through focusing our life on loving God and loving our fellow human beings in good and practical ways. If we don’t get married spiritually within ourselves here on earth, we will never get married in the afterlife—not with God, not within our own souls, and not with an eternal partner and soulmate.
So what Jesus is really saying to every one of us is:
Do your work here on earth!
Don’t slack off and waste the lifetime God has given you, expecting that everything will be hunky-dory in the afterlife, and you’ll have happiness and bliss regardless of what you do here. Use your time here wisely. Focus on the things that truly matter: love, learning, and engaging in useful service toward your fellow human beings in your work, your home life, and your social life.
During your lifetime here on earth, do the work of becoming a person whose head and heart are “married” and working together to love and serve God and your fellow human beings. Develop the strength and integrity of character, and the depth of love and understanding, that makes you a truly human and loving being.
If you focus and develop your life in this way, and enter into a spiritual marriage relationship with God, within yourself, and with your fellow human beings here on earth, then in the afterlife you will find yourself as a child of God among the angels.
And if God hasn’t given you a partner here on earth, God will give you that partner in the afterlife, because God has been preparing the two of you for each other from the moment you were born.
In the next article we’ll give a straightforward and heartening response to the plaintive cry of men and women who have experienced a good and loving marriage here on earth, and are heartsick at the traditional Christian teaching that their marriage is only “till death do us part.” You can read it here: “Will Happily Married Couples be Together in Heaven?”
For further reading:
- How does Marriage Fit In with a Spiritual Life? Is There Marriage in Heaven?
- Can you Fall in Love in Heaven if you Haven’t Found Someone on Earth?
- If You’ve been Married More than Once, Which One will you be With in the Afterlife?
- How to Know if Mr. or Ms. Right is Right for You: Pointers from Gloria and Emilio Estefan
- Heaven, Regeneration, and the Meaning of Life on Earth