Christ said: "In heaven, people neither marry nor are
given in marriage." Does that mean that we shall all be
This saying of Jesus, that in heaven people neither marry nor
are given in marriage, has perplexed many readers of the Gospels.
It would be a misunderstanding of its meaning to suppose that in
the future life all will be sexless.
By reference to people in the hereafter who do not marry and
others who are not given in marriage, Jesus actually presupposed
rather than denied the continuance of respective genders, and his
careful choice of those generally accepted matrimonial terms
strongly supports this view. It is a case thatin heaven there will
indeed be males who do not marry, and femaleswho will no longer be
given in marriage.
The intention of the saying was to emphasise that in the
resurrection life, while gender differences are not abrogated,
there will no longer be marital bonding as in this mortal life.
Heaven, it is implied, will not simply be a continuation of this
present age with its restrictions, but entrance into a new
There will, indeed, be males and females, as originally intended
in the order of creation, but all relationships will be
(Canon) Terry Palmer
What was "The Word" of "In the beginning was the Word",
ofJohn 1.1? T. B.
A few Anglican and Roman Catholic priests and bishops
are wearing their stoles outside rather than beneath their
chasubles. Is there some reason for this?
I recently saw a Roman Catholic priest bless the people
with the Book of the Gospels when it was handed to him by the
deacon after the Gospel. I thought that only a bishop should do
this. Is this correct? G. S.
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