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Don Stewart :: How Can Heaven Be a Place of Happiness If Our Loved Ones Are Missing?

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Don Stewart
How can heaven be heaven if some of our loved ones, and closest friends, are missing? How will it be possible to enjoy eternity when we know they have been judged and sent away from God's presence?

Only Righteous Remembered

Scripture seems to give a clear answer to that question. Those in heaven will forget their sinful loved ones, because only the righteous are remembered. The Bible says.

For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever (Psalm 112:6).

If the righteous will be remembered forever, it could be argued that the unrighteous will not.


We read the following in the Book of Job.

Drought and heat consume the snow waters, So does Sheol those who have sinned. "A mother will forget him; the worm feeds sweetly till he is remembered no more. And wickedness will be broken like a tree (Job 24:19-20).

Isaiah the prophet spoke of the new heavens in the following manner.

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind (Isaiah 65:17).

All the things of the former heavens and earth will have been forgotten. This would include all the evil people.

No Pain In Heaven

Scripture says there will be no pain in heaven.

He [God] will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away (Revelation 21:4).

There would be pain and tears in heaven if people knew their loved ones were not there.


God's answer to the question of the memory of the unsaved loved ones is that they will be erased from our memory. Those who have not trusted Christ as Savior will be forgotten by believers in the afterlife.

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