*** DEBUG END ***

Shall we be sexless in heaven?

17 January 2014

Write, if you have any answers to the questions listed at the end of this section, or would like to add to the answers below.


Your answers

Christ said: "In heaven, people neither marry nor are given in marriage." Does that mean that we shall all be sexless?

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 dimension.

There will, indeed, be males and females, as originally intended in the order of creation, but all relationships will be transfigured.

(Canon) Terry Palmer
Magor, Monmouthshire

Your questions

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.

Address for answers and more questions: Out of the Question, Church Times, 3rd floor, Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London EC1Y 0TG.

We ask readers not to send us letters for forwarding, and those giving answers to provide full name, address, and, if possible, telephone number.

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite


Thu 20 Apr @ 16:08
The Archbishop of Canterbury has received the specially commissioned King James Bible that will be presented to Kin… https://t.co/u8LMnSFcfV

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)