In heaven we can even choose our relatives!

There is a wise saying that “you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relatives.” On earth, we are all stuck with our brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, uncles and cousins. However, in the non-physical realm of heaven, things come under different laws.

While we do have opportunities to meet our relatives and family members in the other world, this situation is only temporary. God’s heavenly kingdom is a kingdom of love. Therefore, in the other life we eventually congregate and gravitate toward others who share the same values and inclinations as we have adopted while living in the physical world. (This is why organizations of like-minded people whom express similar or shared goals consider themselves brethren.)

Think of communities in heaven as being divided up like the vital organs in the physical human body. Each bodily organ—like the heart, lungs, stomach, or liver—provides a specific function for the common good of all. This is why we can easily refer to human organs or appendages as “members.” Similarly, in heaven, individuals and angelic beings congregate to perform specific and useful functions for the common good of all—except that these orders of goodness and sharing represent different derivatives and manifestations of sincere LOVE.

Existence is relationship—both in this world and the world beyond. Nothing exists alone and the process of creation and evolution on earth shows us nature’s incessant endeavor towards self-organization and increased complexity through shared utility. This unifying patterning principle is continued into the bio-friendly yet non-physical organization of societies in heaven.

Heaven has its spiritual economy and communities organized according to the values and qualities of love of its various inhabitants (members). These qualities of love determine who your spiritual family will be when you reach your eternal abode. In theological terms, this harmonic arrangement of minds and hearts is called the “body of Christ.” This interior realm represents real ordered structure—removed from the constraints of spacetime because the human heart (will) and mind (intellect) are operations of the spirit.

What else could heaven be, but a realm where everyone can share the unselfish fruits of one’s inner being with others? What other source for ultimate happiness, peace and safety can there be?

So the life-choices we make on earth will determine both our spiritual friends and family in God’s eternal kingdom.

What do you think heaven is like?



About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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