How Marriage in Heaven Is Not Like on Earth. Analysis of Luke 20:27 on the Resurrection and Marriage (And Yes There Is Sex in Heaven): Inspiration from the Internal Meaning of the Scripture

May 4th, 2019

 Most people without a lot of religious affiliation agree with the idea that there is marriage in heaven. I am active on twitter and find that there are many, mostly evangelical christians, that roundly deny this because of the verse in scripture, Luke 20:27, where Jesus appears to say there is no marriage in heaven. I am a hospice chaplain and many times I have sat with a spouse who knows in their heart that they will be with their loved one once again in heaven. You don’t have to be a hospice chaplain to experience this, many who have lost loved ones experience this perception. (In fact in my view you have to be hard hearted to not sense the wonder of seeing the beloved again in heaven.) You can tell the ones who are in true love; they have no interest or need of another partner. They seek the beloved, and know they will be with them again. This is because what is spiritual looks to the eternal, what is worldly only to the temporal. This is expressed in the scripture, ‘what God has put together, let no man put asunder’. Nevertheless, I would like to look at the scripture on marriage that most point to. (In a second article on this subject I will adduce several other scriptures which directly refer to marriage in heaven).

Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.35 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,36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’[b]38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. This sentence describes earthly marriage. ‘This age’ refers to the external sense of our time in life, or the time of marriage on earth. External development always proceeds the internal, because earth is the foundation of heaven, the two need each other symbiotically in order to exist. The natural is the base for the growth of the internal. Marriage on earth can have many causes and reasons, some of which are developmental, and some of which are false. For example, on earth there can be arranged marriages, marriage for the sake of children, for sex, for prestige, for money, and so on. There are also marriages that begin in love, that it is in an innocent state (some would say infatuation), and it develops into true love – or not. Nevertheless, even if it is not true love marriage on earth is sacred in its purpose and has good uses, and is meant to be maintained with integrity to the end if at all possible.

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. This refers to the afterlife and to the nature of marriage in heaven. Those who are worthy are those who love the Lord and lived a good life and are thereby able to enter heaven. The age to come and in the resurrection of the dead teaches that there is an after life. Our soul does not die but lives eternally. God made us to be destined for heaven; we have a soul and consciousness made in his image and this cannot die. What He creates is eternal by virtue of its internal connection to the Lord. Will neither marry nor be given in marriage makes the distinction that marriage on earth is not like it is in heaven. In heaven there can be no external reason for marriage; in heaven the external and false reasons are simply not possible because in heaven we are our soul, so the pair can only bond based on the true love and wisdom in their soul. The soul is the entire human form, just as the body is, but it is the spiritual form of it that is our inner self. In the spiritual world the ruling love of every person is seen and experienced; we cannot hide there as on earth. The scripture is telling us that in heaven marriage is only from true love, there are no external reasons for it. It is from friendship, tender love, wisdom; it is a delight of love from full perception of each other, a complete partnership. The partners know and love each other in every particular of talent, character and disposition, and this love grows greater for eternity. Each partners internal will delights in the others good more than them self. 

They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. This means that all who have ever been born and will be born are the child of God. We are a child of God in the sense that the human soul is a receptacle of life from God; like the eye is an organ that receives light from the sun, the soul is an organ (the highest form in the universe) that receives life (love and wisdom) from God. This verse also means that all humans are made to be in the Lord’s kingdom, so when we live well we can be prepared for heaven. In regard to marriage this means that only those who love the Lord can enter heavenly marriage. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. To enter heaven one must acknowledge that Jesus is the divine human, and the one God of heaven and the universe, the one who created us and gave us life. But it is very important to understand that it is part of the Lord’s infallible justice that even if one did not know of Jesus on earth, but lived in such a way that they acknowledged God in some way and did good to others then the state of their soul can be taught to see that Jesus is the God of heaven. Then they can enter, and many do, often more easily than Christians who have fixated doctrines. 

But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. By this the Lord again teaches that there is an after life and everyone enters the after life. I think it is also implied in this verse that one will enter either heaven or hell in the afterlife. And to enter heaven, depending on a person’s state of love and how they lived in the world, it requires an intense, or not so intense, preparation to finally be able to enter there. (This is known as vastation and a huge subject for another article.)

 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. This re-affirms that there is an afterlife by virtue of our unbreakable bond to God who created us as I described before. 

A lot of people say that we can’t know much about heaven, but anyone that listens to the spiritual sense of the Bible (and of life) can absorb its principles and internalize them. Everything in heaven is relational and takes place by a process just as much as it does here on earth. People tend to have the vague idea that what happens there does so in some magical way. In heaven we are in the same human form as here except we are continually growing into the bloom of youth, our abilities are hundreds of times more refined and astute than here because we are not encumbered by the slow processes of the material. We do not have the natural body but a spiritual body, which is the soul that we had in our body while here on earth and looks the same.  All happiness in heaven is based on use and the expression of internal skill in the service of others and God. Marriage love is the highest use in heaven because it fulfills the highest purpose.

Think about this from within yourself for a moment. Beauty is the form of love. The Bible says of true earthly marriage and especially heavenly marriage that ‘the two shall become one’. This speaks directly to the principle of Union which is the nature of God, of life, and the origin of all spirituality. Union is always a dynamic use between two different things that serve each other in oneness (as in male and female, earth and sky, heaven and the church, body and mind, love and wisdom, the heart and the lungs). In the principle of union the individual entities become ever more particular in their distinct identity while working together in an ever increasing symbiotic harmony. In heaven men and woman become more beautifully and distinctly in the form of a man and woman (for eternity); and in so doing become more and more wise and happy and ‘one’ in the deepest desire of their will. The more the two become one in marriage the more the individuals become their true self and perceive that God is the source of all Good.  It is invaluable to understand that our soul is a receptacle of life from the Lord; just as the eye is an organ that receives light, our soul is a spiritual organ that receives love and wisdom from God. Furthermore, all angels are former humans. We have all the parts of the body there as here, and we have places to live, churches, gatherings, magnificent gardens, cities, and a million other such things of life. The human form is a universal form because God is in the human form from the beginning, only he is infinite and we are finite. We are made in his image, only He is the source, and we are receptacles. Our freedom, will, and body are gifts from Him.

And yes, there is sex in heaven, only it is from pure love and innocence. There is nothing lascivious in it as here. This is very hard for many religious types to accept, but the resistance comes from their own pre-conceptions. People who love the Bible from common sense have no resistance to this idea because they know from experience and an intuitive spiritual sense that all life is relational by nature. (This truth is also entirely Biblical, which is what Evangelicals want to see, and which I will show further in the second article on this subject.) The mistake that some religious people make is to put doctrine before life. This is not what the Bible teaches. Doctrine is meant to serve life. Jesus teaches to love first, not impose doctrine first. Men and woman have all the parts of the human form in heaven as they do here; everything in heaven has use, and has a profound correspondential purpose. This is pictured no-where more profoundly than in the beautiful and sacred use between the genitals of a man and a woman. Yes! the genitals are in their origin wonderfully Godly, moral and spiritual. The physical use of the genitals is a reflection of the spiritual use and nature of Man and Woman: a man being a form of wisdom and a woman a form of love; and the two enter into a joyous union together. Like yin and yang, both a man and woman possess the faculties of love and wisdom, but a man is primarily a form of wisdom and a woman that of love. As C. S. Lewis said (paraphrase), ‘God is the inventor of pleasure and all the delights of life, the devil just abuses them’. All the delights of life come from use, that is, the expression of internal skill that magnifies joy in ourself and in each other. Touch is the essential expression of love and it is many times more exquisite in heaven. Sex in heaven is a magnificent and beautiful expression of love; it is completely private between conjugal pairs who love with a pure love. It is a gift from the Lord and they give all praise to Him.

Sex, love, procreation, marriage, and heavenly partners – all correspond to each other – and are on a continuum that fulfills the highest purpose in all creation, that is, to be born and go on to fulfill the end purpose of every individual by becoming angles in the Lord’s kingdom! The orgasm is the most transcendent experience of the body because it is the natural correspondent of the most transcendent spiritual experience, which is the unspeakable happiness of true love and partnership. Touch is the sense that fulfills the expression of inspired conjugal love.

Let us take a moment to take a look at the source of Marriage love. Marriage love originates in God, the divine human. In Him is the Holy Marriage between His divine soul and divine body, a bond that Jesus formed in the glorification process that resulted in the resurrection. From the Holy marriage in Him proceeds the pre-eminent sphere of all spheres called he conjugal sphere. This sphere is the heat in all living things that is compelled to procreate; and it is much more than that, it provides the fruitfulness in all life, a profound source of joy and fulfillment. It is implanted from creation for men and woman to desire each other and to bond in a love that brings the highest happiness possible. Of course on earth we are in the balance between good and evil so all things can become perverted, but not so in heaven. God himself has no needs but one, and that is to be of use. He exercises His use in all the individuals of humanity. His purpose is for all people to become angels and enter heaven and live in use and happiness for eternity. But human beings in order to be alive and human must be free. Freedom is the only way a person can have sovereignty and identity; freedom is thus sacred for it is the means of salvation, and at the same time it is the cause of Hell. Hell is for those who reject God’s love and purpose.

 

The Great Correspondence that Sheds light on How Energy Exists in the Vacuum of Space, and the Source of Dark Energy

February 5th, 2019

In the study of quantum mechanics scientist have discovered that light/wave particles, or virtual particles, are produced in a vacuum. “A number of other recent works demonstrate that the vacuum is not empty but full of virtual photons,” says theoretical physicist Steven Girvin at Yale University. It is too complex to quote about the matter here but you can read more about it in a good article in Science America (and many other places) (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/something-from-nothing-vacuum-can-yield-flashes-of-light/) .

In regard to dark energy Esiegel writes in Science Blogs:

“If we map out everything known in the Universe, and trace out the cosmic structure, we find that the normal matter — things made out of all the known elementary particles — is less than 5% of the total energy density of the Universe. There’s got to be about 20-25% of the Universe in the form of dark matter, a type of clumpy, collisionless matter that is made up of a yet-undiscovered particle, in order to get the type of clustering we see. But perhaps most bizarrely, the remaining energy of the Universe, the stuff that’s required to bring us up to 100%, is energy that appears to be intrinsic to empty space itself: dark energy.”

The discovery of light/particles manifesting in space and the discovery of dark energy are, I think, the best indicators of spiritual substance transferring into material substance in the natural world. Something doesn’t come from nothing; its of great value to examine how these wave/energy particles are manifesting from the spiritual world. And it may well be that the source of dark energy and dark matter is from the spiritual world. The discovery by scientist that energy particles spontaneously arise in a vacuum not only implies that there is a transfer from the spiritual to the natural, but it furthermore suggests that it can take place at any (and likely every) point in space. I will be showing in this essay how these emerging scientific principles are consistent with, and correspond to, spiritual principle.

Most scientists don’t consider the spiritual world, but they certainly don’t think that ‘something comes from nothing’; scientist speculate that the manifesting particles come from another universe, or from a wormhole, or from another dimension – when it is most sensible to see that they originate from the spiritual world; (all these other sources are a sort of allegory for the spiritual world). Swedenborg writes that all matter originates from the spiritual world, that natural matter comes from spiritual substance which itself proceeds from the spiritual sun. He says that as spiritual substance reaches its outer limits and ‘cools down’ it becomes matter. According to this process when it slows down it would then appears in the natural world as energy/matter particles.

Science has known for a long time now that the universe is expanding from every point in space at an accelerating rate. This truth is consistent with the conception that matter enters from the spiritual sun. As I will show it potentially explains the force that constantly propels the universe to ‘mushroom out’ or expand at an accelerated rate. It also explains Swedenborg’s statement that there is not only an infinite largeness, but an infinite smallness (I discuss this in greater detail on my blog). There can be an infinite smallness because the universe is eternally expanding from every point in space, thus continually making more ‘room’ for more particles at the smallest point. This would mean that the explanation for infinite smallness and infinite largeness are symbiotic, in that the cause of both hinges upon the same point.

Now lets look at the spiritual principles that inform and correspond to the scientific phenomenon quoted above. The most immediate bridge between the natural and spiritual world, (which we can all know from within ourself), is love, and the affections that we feel. Affections are spiritual feelings (from spiritual substance) that affect, move, and are the motivation for our thoughts and body. They are the bridge between the two worlds, (which, unknown to our perception, takes place by means of angels, spirits and demons – all under the providence of God). The affections come from the spiritual substance of love and wisdom that originate directly from the spiritual sun and are received by the human form. The human form is the perfect form for receiving love and wisdom from God; it is the  highest form in the universe and is created to be a receptacle of God’s love and wisdom. God is a divine human, and we are made in His image, so God made us sovereign and free as He is. He is the macro and we are the micro, because all things that exist reflect the form of that which created it. This principle extends to all things that exist, however small and remote from the divine human.

One may wonder, how do all things no matter how small reflect the nature of God? The fundamental way they reflect the nature of God is that for anything to exist it must be in dynamic equilibrium. The divine human manifests to heaven as the spiritual sun; a sun is a raging equilibrium. In the natural sun we see this by the force of nuclear fusion in the core of the sun expanding out while the force of gravity is pressing in, causing a raging battle that settles into an equilibrium – which we see as the sun. This equilibrium is also a union because the forces that create the sun depend on each; they cannot exist separately but depend on each other for existence and creating all the materials of life and sustaining life. It is the enormous mass of matter that causes gravity, and it is the enormous force of gravity that causes nuclear fusion to ignite in the core of a sun. Now in regard to the Lord, the union and equilibrium in Him is between is divine human and His divine soul. In the process of the glorification Jesus so purified his human that He made it divine and rose above heaven, which is known as the resurrection (ignition). From this union in the Lord proceeds the Holy fire which manifests as the spiritual sun. This is the source of all life.

Every phenomenon and process in the spiritual world has a correspondent in the natural world. The key point of correspondence I am looking at here has to do with how in both worlds all things are both sovereign and receptacles of God. Every human is both entirely dependent on God (as a receptacle), and, at the same time entirely sovereign. The fact that every point in space expands from its own center is the natural worlds expression of sovereignty; at the same time, every point in space receives influx from the spiritual sun, which the science quoted above seems to show as energy particles manifesting in a vacuum. (Sovereignty and reciprocality are inherent qualities of equilibrium and union.) In the big picture we can further see the reason this is a correspondence, which is that the human form is the highest form in the universe and a universal form. This means that the whole universe is in the shape of the divine human, and every human being ever born is a microcosm of the universe, and as such is a sovereign entity with freedom and self will – qualities of the creator. The fact that every point in space is a center from which there is expansion is the physical correspondence to this spiritual quality of humans.

Furthermore, there is a very beautiful and significant correspondence that is united to the above. The expansion of the universe from every point at an ever-increasing rate corresponds to the fundamental nature of heaven, which is that heaven, in order to be heaven, is continually increasing in joy and happiness and expanse. The joy and happiness of angels is ever increasing; it does not reach a plateau, but is ever increasing. It is the nature of Happiness itself that in order to be so it must be ever-increasing. In heaven there is no time or space, so the ever increasing joy causes the appearance of increasing space. Along the same lines, it is a great truth of heaven that the more humans that enter heaven, which takes place continually, the more complete it becomes. This principle corresponds to the idea that the expansion of the universe is propelled by the continual making of new sovereign particles from the spiritual world, which is the very cause of the universe to eternally expand at an accelerated rate.

We can see then, because every human receives from the spiritual world through affections, there is a correspondence in the natural world, in the way every point in space receives from the spiritual world. It is a universal principle that everything that exists, in order to exist, comes from a union of the natural and the spiritual, the natural being the foundation of the spiritual. Everything that is created and exists is birthed through the natural; it is impossible for anything to exist otherwise, only the Lord is uncreated from the beginning. (It is a great misconception of religious interpretation that angels existed from creation; all angels and demons are former humans born on earth.) Applying these truths to every point in space shows that every point in space is capable of and encompasses both the natural and the spiritual, which makes it understandable how spiritual substance manifest into the natural world.

Sokolov, a leading scientist in these studies, said. “The basic question what is a vacuum, and what is nothing, goes beyond science. It’s embedded deeply in the base not only of theoretical physics, but of our philosophical perception of everything—of reality, of life, even the religious question of could the world have come from nothing.” (https://phys.org/news/2010-12-theoretical-physics-breakthrough-antimatter-vacuum.html)