So Heaven may be pastoral or urban or both. It may be bright all the time there as the Light is Christ that shines in Heaven always. It is beyond our imagination or anything we know or have seen in this universe. But what we really took to heart last time is that we won’t be alone in Heaven nor only with God. Many, many hosts of saints and angels will fill Heaven (and not just a mere 144,000). How will we know each of these countless hosts? Scripture says there will not be marriage in Heaven as that was part of the mandate of being fruitful and multiplying for this world. No spouses in Heaven. But how we will recognize each other otherwise in Heaven is not specified in the Bible other than Jesus’ possible reference to all being brothers and sisters through Him. This is certainly the fellowship of the Church now and may be an indication of that to come in the Church’s triumphant, eternal age. That was last week. On to another popular question about Heaven: how old will we be there?
If everyone agreed upon an ideal age, we may have hit upon something close to any answer. But some remember childhood most fondly while others find regality and beauty in their grey hairs and wrinkles. In fact, this wide spectrum of age is often what makes life so fulfilling. It allows us to experience family (babies, children, parents, grandparents) as well as the joys and learning experiences of growing up from birth to the twilight of life. If I had to venture a guess, however; probably most would say the ideal age is somewhere from the late teens to mid-20’s. Most of us had the fewest aches and pains then as well as bountiful energy. So will Heaven look like the average college campus?
When you’re young you want to be old and when you’re old you want to be, or at least look, young. How the aging process reflects the impatience and dissatisfaction of sin. Moreover, that process moves us closer to death, something never to have been part of God’s creation. There is really nothing noble in the so-called “circle of life” from birth to death to another new life. Death came about as the wage of sin. People were never intended to grow old and die. Perhaps here is a clue to answering our question. What age were Adam and Eve at their creation? They weren’t conceived in a mother’s womb. They were never infants. Teenagers? 20 somethings? 30 somethings? If not for sin, they would have remained that age eternally.
At one time in the Church’s history, many Christians believed everyone in Heaven would be about 33 years old, the age of Jesus at His death. They used 1 John 3:2 to support that contention. Similarly, some have argued that we will be for eternity the age in which we died here on earth but with healthy, perfect, pain-free bodies. No deformities either. So Heaven would reflect a variety of stages of life. But where would that leave the unborn, such as children aborted, whom we consider to be people? All Scripture addresses is that the glorified body of the resurrection and glory of Heaven will not suffer, decay or die. Age, apparently, is not an issue as long as we live happily forever.
For Your Further Discussion:
1. How would an ageless Heaven redefine our notion of family? How is this reflected now in the Church?
2. Keeping in mind “knowing fully”, why would age be unimportant in Heaven?