29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven…”
Matthew 22:29-30 (NIT)
As a lot of you know, I have been reading a chronological version of the Bible since January 1st. I ran across this verse recently and it made me pause. Not married in heaven. Wow. In my finite human mind that statement breaks my heart. That means Rich and I cease to be married when one of us dies. Ok, that sounds silly. I know we cease to be married when we die. I guess what I mean is we won’t resume our relationship in heaven. So even though we are both going to heaven, we will not be married to each other there. So what does that mean regarding our children? Will they no longer be ours? I know they’re gifts from God. But won’t they still be ours too? Like here? Won’t we still love them like we do now? Won’t we still love each other? No sex either? Really?
There are many troubling verses in the Bible. Most of them, so far, have been in the Old Testament. Some verses are taken way out of context by certain groups of people in order to make them troubling. But when you read the Bible as the events happened it clears up a lot of confusion and, what naysayers would call, “contradiction”.
But I paused. Then I discussed it with my husband. Now I’m putting it up here since I have a large Christian readership. I am disappointed. I know it’s because I don’t understand why. I know someday it will all make perfect sense. But, for now, it bothers me.
What do you think?
What verses make you go “hmm”?
Have you ever read a verse that
made your heart sink?