Earlier this week I posted a devotional thought centering on memories in heaven (find post here). My point was to show that this is just another awe-inspiring reality of heaven. I did not in that post seek to prove the basic premise, which is we will still have our memories in heaven. This post hopes to do just that.
Let me give three reasons.
First, the account of the Rich Man and Lazarus indicates a retention of memory (Luke 16:19-31). Some might argue that this is a parable and therefore can’t be used for proof. I have a few problems with that type of reasoning. First, the text never states it is a parable. This is especially odd since Luke at times introduces parables by clearly stating “he spoke this parable” (Luke 8:4; Luke 12:16, etc.). Second, parables are not made-up events. Parables are rooted in reality. So even if this is a parable it does not mean that the facts contained are false.
In this account the Rich Man remembers his brothers and his former life. He remembers the character of the brothers as he questions their willingness to hear God’s word. The point is he still has his memories.
Second, the martyrs in heaven in Revelation 6:9-11 remember the persecution they faced and had a desire for God’s vengeance. If memory is lost in the afterlife then they would not know the circumstances of their death.
Third, think about this philosopically. If we lose our memories before we enter heaven, then do we really retain our identity. Our identity to a large degree is wrapped up in memory. A person without a memory is not the same person any longer. On top of this if we lose our memories then we would not remember God, Jesus, and the Spirit. Thus it is necessary for us to retain memory.
Add more reasons in the comments. Of if you disagree or are not convinced leave your comments as well.
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