How “old” will we be in heaven? What age will our resurrection bodies be?

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How “old” will we be in heaven? What age will our resurrection bodies be?

Post by Admin on Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:34 am

This is actually a question that has been around since the Middle Ages. And the very simple, upfront answer is, “Nobody knows.” Apologist Hank Hanegraff has said, “Our DNA is programmed in such a way that, at a particular point, we reach optimal development from a functional perspective. For the most part, it appears that we reach this stage somewhere in our twenties and thirties. . . . If the blueprints for our glorified bodies are in the DNA, then it would stand to reason that our bodies would be resurrected at the optimal stage of development determined by our DNA.” So would we all be twenty-something, thirty-something adults? The Old Testament prophet Isaiah adds this to the mix: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. Infants will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hands into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea—Isaiah 11:6-9. C.S. Lewis, in his book The Great Divorce, had this to say about the inhabitants of heaven: “No one in that company struck me as being of any particular age. One gets glimpses, even in our country, of that which is ageless—heavy thought in the face of an infant, and frolic childhood in that of a very old man.” Randy Alcorn, the author of Heaven, thinks that maybe we’ll see people as we most remember them from our days with them on earth. In that sense, we would see our parents as older, and they’d see us their children as younger. While our physical forms wouldn’t change, our resurrection eyes would convey the real people we have known and loved all our lives. Lastly, an image from the movie Heaven Is For Real suggests that, as heaven exists now, there are children, going to heaven and remaining the age they were when they died. Of course, in the final version of heaven, who knows? One thing for sure: We will all be children, living and laughing and loving in the home of our wondrous heavenly Father—a place where, as John noted in Revelation, He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”—Revelation 21:4. Whatever we are will be better than anything we could ever imagine, and it will remain that way forever.

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