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Will We Know People In Heaven

Do you believe that we will know our loved ones when we get to Heaven? Such as, married people knowing that they were married to each other before, and parents knowing who their children were, siblings, knowing that they were sisters, and brothers,etc.,etc., What's your thoughts about this?

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My son died on 11-22-08. He was 33 years old. I want to believe that I will see him again.
---Belinda on 1/15/10

B. Hall, I'm very sorry about your loss. I have lost a string of people the past 4 years and know the bitter aftertaste very well. To answer your question, I think the reason God put the tree of knowledge in eden was because he wanted to offer us a choice. If we didn't have that, we would be robots. I'm sure we'd find a way to blame him for that too. I know I struggle with this alot, wondering why God lets us suffer so much. But think about it, if God would be willing to be tortured for our transgressions so nobly, we, his children, shouldn't expect life to be fair either. How the truth can hurt. God knows how many times I have blamed him myself.

Much Love
---Shana on 1/15/10

God understand your hurt, anger and self-pity.
---mima on 1/13/10

I do believe we will know our loved ones and friends in someway in Heaven! But, of course I don't know how God has plans for us to make that connection to them. But I do believe we will know them.
---Jackie on 1/12/10

I just lost my Mother. My Mother who was the best and most decent person I have ever known. She always gave and did good by others with a smile on her face, even though she got little in return.

If God is almighty then WHY would death be brought to us all for something that happened so long ago and not by anyone living?

WHY would this "tree of knowledge" be put in the garden in the first place when God knew mankind was NOT perfect? WHY put something there to tempt us??

Why create man in the first place when he must have known so many would be lost?

Does this REALLY make sense to you? OR is this just an answer to try and make life more "bearable"?
---B_Hall on 8/19/09

Yes we will know our loved ones but in a different way than we currently understand for we will have perfect celestial bodies as the angels who neither marry nor have the desire. So I will know my wife but not as my wife. Strange.
Further, our bodies will be perfect and free from diseases including obesity.
So not only will you know your wife as not your wife, she'll no longer be a size 16, heh heh.
---larry on 8/17/09

In ISiah 65:15 an down it says that we will have differnet names an every thing from earth shall not be remembered but i hope i will be able to recgonize my family just to say i love you
---Bill_YUng on 8/17/09

This is a question that goes along with what I have been trying to find. What verse does it say that we will know one another in heaven as we did on earth? I have a friend that his dad has past and eas really close to and before I answer his question I am looking for the verses. I know in Luke it talks about it then again in Mark, but I am needing to find the exact verse that says it. I know the verse about be bound and loosed but it is not those verses I am looking for. My friend is wanting to know if his dad will know him if he gets saved and then goes to heaven. I just want the scriptures to back all what I tell him up! TY
---jennifer on 7/14/09

Laurie- Paradise is the home of the departed ones who were just. In the future, the Kingdom of God will be the home of the righteous.
---Betty on 6/15/09

You are right on.The Bible says that in heaven we will know one another, including our loved ones. The disciples recognized Jesus after His resurrection.
---pierr5358 on 6/14/09

I do beleive that we will know people in heaven but in this end time, the Innocence of Christ & the Garden of Eden coming back on the earth after being lost for over 6000 years. This is going to be Christianity's finest hour. An Innocent Christlike Church! For 2000 years people have accused the Christians as those hypocrites but when Innocence comes they cannot truthfully accuse the Church of any more hyprocrisy. The miracles signs, wonders & healings that Christ did will happen in the Church resulting in massive numbers of people coming to salvation. I look foward to this with great joy. Im 53 & this is what kept me from going atheist when I was 16-17.
---Ronnie on 6/13/09

JohnnyB...That's okay. And have a pleasant weekend.+++
---catherine on 3/6/09

Catherine, okay, just wondered. Have a pleasant day, and God bless!
---JohnnyB on 3/6/09

No that is not what I am saying...Johnnyb
---catherine on 3/6/09

Catherine, if you are being rewarded by God for something you did, your own works have saved you. Is that what you believe? Just wondered... God bless you, and have a wonderful day!
---JohnnyB on 3/5/09

Johnnyb...I do not know about "God bless you", if you believe that it would be simpler if there would be no afterlife for the saved and the unsaved. God's people would be going through a lot of torment for Him for nothing. The unsaved and the wicked would be getting away with murder. You have a good day, anyways.+++I want my reward, and I want the wicked man to have theirs. And that is the good news.
---catherine on 3/5/09

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I do believe that we will know our loved ones when we get to heaven. Noone can convince me otherwise. But, the greatest of all will be seeing the face of Jesus. I can't wait!
---Jane on 3/4/09

Sometimes I think it would be a lot simpler, and a lot easier on everyone if there were no afterlife at all. Then no one would worry about, or argue about, where they and their loved ones, and their enemies, would end up after death. God bless!
---JohnnyB on 3/4/09

One Bible teacher had this to say about recognizing loved ones in heaven, we won't be more stupid, so if we're able to remember names and faces in this life...

It stands to reason that since God made us unique individuals and wants us to have fellowship, that will continue in heaven and we will rejoice in what He's done for us.

God made us sons and heirs. Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us, that where He is, we may be also. He is currently in heaven sitting at the right hand of God.

I don't understand why some people believe that God, Who is our Father, would not accept us into His home. That makes no sense. Angels travel between heaven and earth with no problem, why should this be a problem for us?
---Laurie on 3/3/09

None of us will ever get to heaven. That's God's home. Until He creates the New World, the saved righteous ones will go to Paradise. After that the redeemed of God will live in the New World, known as the Kingdom of God.
---Betty on 3/3/09

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Donna66, if you read the scriptures I cited carefully, the answer is crystal clear. They don't need to be interpreted. Thanks. God bless. Have a great day.
---JohnnyB on 3/2/09

I have but one thing to say "we'll understand it all by and by" if we get to heaven.Judy
---Judy on 3/1/09

JohhnyB---Is it that we will see them at the end of time? Is that when "every knee shall bow"? I'm not looking for a debate...I'm just very interested in your view of these scriptures because there are people that I, too, cared about who are now gone..
---Donna66 on 2/27/09

Donna, no, I just take them to mean what they say. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 2/26/09

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Hi, I think you're right--we may indeed be surprised at who is in Heaven with us. :) I believe that God can minister to even the unconscious and I still hold out some hope that even my brother may be there--what joy to fall into his arms again and not have to say goodbye to him ever again! Okay I'm crying now lol! But we never know what God can do--just never know.
---Mary on 2/25/09

I guess I don't know how you interpret these verses. Are you talking about "soul sleep" or what?
---Donna66 on 2/25/09

Atheist, if evangelizing for atheism on a Christian blogsite is what brings you peace and joy and good company, then enjoy. I don't understand how it could. It would seem more like masochism to me with most of these guys. All the best.
---JohnnyB on 2/25/09

Donna, my solution is 1 Timothy 4:10 and 1 Corinthians 15:27,28.
---JohnnyB on 2/25/09

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I'm so sorry about your parents.I agonized over my father's life-long rejection of the Lord. It was beyond painful. But I led him to the Lord at the age of 97. I can only imagine how I would feel if I was not convinced of his salvation.

I wonder if we may all be surpized at who we find in Heaven that we didn't expect to be there. This may not apply to your parents, but I imagine there are some, who in their last conscious moments, realize that what they've heard about Jesus is actually true and place their faith in Him... like the thief on the cross.

Some may say, "Well, that doesn't count. There are no death bed conversions." But the Lord is generally more merciful than we are. I can't rule it out.
---Donna66 on 2/25/09


I believe that Heaven and Hell, and 'god' were created by the elders/leaders of groups of people to bring cohesion, reduced bad behavior, and explain things. (And demand respect and give power to whoever is communication with 'god', or was chosen by 'god' to lead.)

In different religions these ideas manifested differently. (The idea of Karma is that you should behave so as not to came back as a fly.)

Using these ideas (especially literally) in modern times leads to a mistrust of science and sometimes violent interactions between people of different religions.


But the good of religions could be as in ("Do unto others...") 'Heaven' on Earth.
---atheist on 2/25/09

Donna, in my case it is the people who brought me into the world and lovingly raised me, my mom and dad. Your solution is part of one I proposed -- I would have to harden my heart toward them and say they deserve punishment. I can't imagine having to do that forever. God bless you.
---JohnnyB on 2/25/09

Donna's post appears to be first-rate. If this is not the way it is it is similar or close to being correct.
When we enter heaven perhaps God's knowledge will be made available to us kind of like a reference library. If such be the case we will have a much much clearer view and totally understand.
Donna I appreciate your insightful view.
---mima on 2/25/09

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What about a third possibility.

Perhaps we will see the situation as God sees it. Perhaps we will see how He, over and over again, reached out to them... how He brought believers around to help the Holy Spirit softened their hearts and drew them toward Him...only to have them turn away...time and time again.

Maybe we will understand that God, being just, granted them the choice. Though it may have made us sad at one time, these souls chose their own way. Now, in His presence our tears are finally dried and our heartaches are healed. It's not that our hearts are hardened, only that we have a different perspective.
---Donna66 on 2/24/09

Atheist, even as an atheist you do have a bit of a theological mindset, and I congratulate you for that. And I mean that sincerely. I will never be your enemy. We need you here to help us clarify our often muddled thinking! All the best to you.
---JohnnyB on 2/24/09

Alan, God could either make us ignorant of their plight, in which case we would be deceived by Him, or God could harden our hearts towards them, in which case heaven would be filled with hard-hearted folk. Maybe you can help find another solution. (??) God bless you.
---JohnnyB on 2/24/09


Very good point.

Of course I don't believe in Heaven or Hell or god. But for those who believe that 'god' provides an eternal torture for non-believers, those who would supposedly make it to Heaven would suffer eternal mental torment remembering their eternally torture loved ones.

On the other hand, if those in Heaven don't remember anything of their loved ones, then what's the point? Do they just wander around eternally with no memories in a 'happy' state like crazies in a mental asylum?

Strange this Heaven and Hell idea...
---atheist on 2/24/09

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JohnnyB .... I have often thought that ... and have not really had an answer!!
---alan_of_UK on 2/24/09

If we are to meet our saved loved ones in heaven, won't we then also be aware of our unsaved loved ones who are not in heaven, and won't we have to live with that sad knowledge for all eternity? Something to consider anyway... God bless!
---JohnnyB on 2/24/09

Millions of grief-striken believers have found comfort in the expectation of seeing their loved ones in Heaven. I wouldn't dare try to convince them otherwise.

Perhaps when we finally get there, it won't matter to us anymore. But until then, I will look forward to a reunion with loved ones and will make every effort to see that everyone I care about here... will make it there!
---Donna66 on 2/23/09

I am certain we will know each other in heaven. And this certainty is based on the following scripture, Matthew 8:11,
"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven."
---mima on 2/23/09

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Jerry, great answer! Going by scripture we do know since there will be no more tears, sorrow, pain, mourning, crying, etc...we couldn't know if any of our beloved family didn't go to heaven without experiencing some of those emotions. Isaiah 65:17 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. Like you said, we have to focus on helping them to get there.
---Bob on 2/20/09

Heaven is where God is. The Lord made Paradise for people until the New World (the Kingdom of God) is created. People will know each other in Paradise, yet in the New World, we will all be as the angels in heaven.
---Betty on 2/20/09

It really dose'nt matter if we do or don't know someone when we get to heaven, we all have opinions about what the bible says in this matter, but the most important thing is this, are you, your friends and loved ones going to be there? There are so many things going on in this world, sometimes we forget what we are really supposed to be doing, Shareing the good news about Jesus, telling our friends, showing our loved ones what Jesus has done for us and what He can do for them, makeing sure that they know the truth about Jesus before it's to late. we don't have to belive what anybody says about the bible, we need to be reading Gods word and finding out the truth for ourself . God bless all
---Jerry on 2/19/09

Please look up these Bible passages...

Luke 16:19-31
(Shows the recognition of people in heaven)
2 Samuel 12:23
(shows how he planned to go to his son that had passed away)
Matt. 7:21-23
(shows recalling memories of works done on earth)
1 Cor. 15:35-44
(explains the similarities of our earthly bodies and our heavenly bodies.

However, please read this passage referring to marriage.
Matt. 22:29-32

God bless!
---Siera on 9/4/08

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I like the insights posted on this page. I myself believe that there will be sadness in heaven, but He will wipe the tears away.

There is out with the old and in with the new: a New Jerusalem.

I believe our concept of time only exists within the realm of our Universe, the realm that Satan is trapped inside (not sure how this relates to the book of Job) but that when we go to heaven, we will experience non-time, or ever presence.

So in that light, the act of wiping tears away doesn't happen, it HAPPENS. From our standpoint, it is in the future (He will)... but once there, He will becomes He does.

Does this make sense? I hope so... I'm still searching for answers, like all of us...

God bless you all.
---Raymond on 8/20/08

I believe we will know so much more in Heaven than we ever knew on earth. The true saints will even witness the judgement, I believe, and see all those who persecuted them be thrown into the abyss. We will recognize our cyber friends too, IMHO. This is not doctrine, just my opinion.
---frances on 2/20/08

I believe we will know so much more in Heaven than we ever knew on earth. The true saints will even witness the judgement, I believe, and see all those who persecuted them be thrown into the abyss. We will recognize our cyber friends too, IMHO. This is not doctrine, just my opinion.
---frances on 2/20/08

Hi Cheryl, I'm sorry about your husband. God bless you and you're in my prayers. Love in Christ, Mary
---Mary on 2/20/08

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I believe at the time of death we will wake from that time on we are then totaly enthroled in Gods service to worship and to Praise HIM. That is his requirement. so yes we will know each other but our desire will be to praise and worship HIM. My Husband has passed recently and I have saught this carefuly. I believe hubby is in a place waiting for the rapture to take place. I will see him again but not to love him as I do now, Because I believe in Heaven the Love will be undefiled, Pure Holy, Godly.
---Cheryl on 2/20/08

I do believe that we will recognise people in Heaven but I don't believe that our relationships with them will be the same i.e. mother and son, husband and wife, daughter and father etc. We will all know each other as brother/sisters in Christ I'm sure. I also do not believe that we will remember lost loved ones. I feel that God will, out of love for us, remove all memory of them so that there will be no more tears and sorrow.
---Xanthi on 9/29/07

The Bible says that we will "know as we are known," which tells me that we WILL recognize our loved ones, neighbors, friends, etc. No where in the Bible does it say that our memories will be wiped away so that we forget the unsaved. I don't think that is accurate.
---Crystal on 3/9/07

I don't know where in the Bible it is, but if the loved ones are Christians then yes if not then you won't remember them to recognise that they aren't in heaven with you.
---lloyd on 3/9/07

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I do believe that when we go to heaven we will be able to recognize EVERYONE who made it. When Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus in the Transfiguration, the disciples recognized them! In Luke 16:19-30, the rich man, Lazarus, and Abraham recognized each other.

For those who didn't make it to Heaven, God will wipe away all memory of them so that we wont be saddened by the fact that they didn't make it.

In anyway, trust the Lord to make things favorable for everyone, He knows what's best.
---Angel on 3/9/07

Dave no-one suggests that previous verses are now null and void. Yes there was and still is weeping but Revelation is exactly what it is called - a revelation - of a time that has not yet happened. When we are in our final and eternal destination with God there will be no more weeping but that time has not yet arrived.
---m.p.a. on 2/28/07

Considering many verses in the bible say the heavens wept, God wept, Jesus wept, angels wept, I guess you need to throw away the rest of the book and just keep one verse in Revelations that you have interpreted incorrectly. That is why there are so many churches. People interpret on their own intelligence and Not what God has said numerous times. One verse does not render a thousand verses null and void.
---Dave on 2/27/07

Dave you mustn't have reached the end of your bible. Try Revelation 21 and enjoy it. Verse 4 says "And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death, sorrow, nor CRYING, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are past away." This verse tells me that we will not be aware that some of our loved ones are not with us in Heaven. Of course there would be sadness and tears IF we were aware that some of those we loved dearly had gone to hell.
---m.p.a. on 2/27/07

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Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away their tears from their eyes and there will be no more death, neither sorrow,nor crying,neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are past away.

(Praise the Lord)!
---Carla5754 on 2/26/07

Dave - Revelation 21:4 says "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away". This is in Heaven. We have much to look forward to.
---Helen_5378 on 2/26/07

Of course you will know everyone. I do not know where many of you get no tears but you must be reading a different bible than me, because mine states many times, the heavens wept, angels wept, Jesus wept. marriage is until death do ye part. all memories will be restored to us. to say differently contradicts the bible and the love of God.
---Dave on 2/25/07

According to the bible we will not even have the memory of the life we once had and I guess only a wise God could know why? Who would be happy knowing our Family/children didn't make it!
---Carla5754 on 2/25/07

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Heaven is a happy place with no tears. I believe we will not remember those in our lives that are not in heaven with us.
With all due respect Eva, please be careful about taking Grant Jeffrey's word as 'gospel.'
---NVBarbara on 2/24/07

I do believe we will know each other in heaven, not the relationship we had on earth and we won't miss the ones who aren't there.we will know each other in a new way, and i don't believe it's a waste of time to wonder that.Our heavenly Father loves us and knows we wonder about our eternal home. kimberlynn9854
---kimberlynn on 2/24/07

There is NO WAY for you to know any of these facts, so it's not even worth thinking about. Use your time trying to be better Christians here ON EARTH.
---Joe on 2/24/07

There are no tears in Heaven-we shed enough here do we not? The tears in the Bible are not the ones in Heaven. They are the tears that we will shed as Christians at the Judgment. That is not Heaven and we can all be thankful for that. There is a judgment for Christians and for Non-Christians. that is not in Heaven. Once you get to Heaven as a blood-bought Christian there will be not more tears or sadness or pain! Only love and perfection. Hey you plastic surgeons--you're out of a job:)
---Amy on 9/11/06

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I don't understand,and have been trying to understand since I watched Grant Jefferys last week on TV.He says there will be tears in Heaven,because we will ask Jesus (when we don't see our loved ones)if they are there and if they're not,we will cry.I wonder how long?If there are no tears there,how can this be?Please tell me if you can.Thanks.
---Eva on 8/5/06

you can able to see your love ones again and not believe your questions is because when i have husband i know that we will be there with me in heaven he always be my husband and same goes when i have children. im 16 years old it's no changes able to see my great grandmother she's not my sister she's my grandmother what call my husband a brother he's my husband put that on the list. im going to see my husband someday he's my husband i going to remember him as that. i think god will let remember love ones
---nikki on 10/20/05

Brenda you are worrying about something that many Christians with non-Christian families worry about. I too have unsaved children but I believe that (if they are not saved by the time they die) I will not be aware that they are not in heaven with me. If there are no tears in heaven we will not have any sad feelings. we will recognise loved ones who are there but will have no memory of those who are not. How could anyone be happy in heaven if they were thinking of lost loved ones?
---Xanthi on 7/20/05

Well, our new bodies will be like Jesus' glorious body (Phil 3:21). And he recognized the believers after he got his new body when God raised him from the dead. And he remembered things that happened before he died.

So, since we will be like him (1 John 3:2), we will also recognize the other believers after we get our new bodies. And we'll remember things that happened here. We won't lose our identities at all. What would be the point in that?
---Jeffrey on 7/17/05

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Yes the bible says that you will be known as your known. Your spirit will be known to other spirits.
---Rebecca_D on 7/17/05

We will reconginze Jesus (I John 3:2 Rev 1:7) so it is reasonable to think that we will be able to recognize other people. I don't doubt that we will know what relationship we were to each other but that relationship will no longer be significant. How could it be any other way? For example, what would happen to the "relationship" between a man and his multple wives who predeceased him?
---Bruce5656 on 7/17/05

I still am not sure we will know each other in heaven. When I get to heaven and don't see my sons, how will I feel? There are no tears or sadness in heaven, how can I miss my sons if I know they are not there?
---Brenda on 7/17/05

I believe we will recognze our loved ones. After all our perception and observation will be better than it was before we got there.
Read 1 COR 13: "Now we see ...even as I am known." So our loved ones will know us and we will know our loved ones. No longer will carrying your ID on a card be necessary nor wil we be asked to have our fingerprints taken for ID sake.
---Pierr7958 on 7/17/05

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All the redeemed will be in heaven. We will only know the saved individuals in heaven. For instance if two sisters both are saved, then both will be in heaven. But if only one is saved, then only that one will be in heaven and not the other.
---Eloy on 7/17/05

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

Revelation 21:4-5

Upon the initial reading of this passage one might get the impression of no. But the promise in verse 5 says that "I make ALL THINGS new."

Chew on that but I don't advise that you attempt to swallow it.
---Pharisee on 7/17/05

I've often wondered about this very same thing. I certain hope that I'll be able to see and recognize my son that died at a very young age. It's something I've hung on to during difficult times to stay on the road that God lays out for me.
---Tammy on 7/17/05

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