Does the Bible say anything about us being able to remember events or people from our lives here on Earth?
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Jared: Does the Bible say anything about us being able to remember events or people from our lives here on earth?
Michael: Let’s see, yeah, Luke 16. Let me turn to that. Lazarus has died and he ends up in paradise, and a certain rich man. Lazarus died, the beggar, and it says the rich man cried in Hell. He said, “Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I’m tormented in this flame.” So, even a man in Hell could remember Lazarus who was in paradise. Abraham said, “Son, remember.” This is Abraham. He knows who he is. The rich man knows who he is. Everyone in paradise knows who Abraham is. He said, “Lazarus had his evil things. You, your good things. You’re tormented and he’s comforted. Besides all of this, there is a great gulf fixed between us,” and so forth. He said, “Please send him up to my five brethren, that he may testify unto them, lest they come to this place of torment.” So, clearly, they knew each other.
Then you have the amount of transfiguration which would be in Luke 8, maybe. In Luke chapter 8, could be Matthew chapter 8, also. You have Jesus appearing on the mount and Moses and Elijah appear with him and talk with him. They were still Moses and they were still Elijah. They’re recognized and they still had their names.
Then the Bible said, “When we see him, we shall know him for we will see him face to face.” So, we are going to know Christ.
If we didn’t know who we were and we didn’t know who each other are then we wouldn’t be us anymore. The whole idea of going to heaven is eternal life, not eternal forgetfulness. So, sure, we are going to know each other and we are going to remember.
The Bible says, in fact, in 1st Corinthians chapter 13, the latter part, he said, “Then shall we know even as also we are known.” 1st Corinthians 13. “Then shall we know even as also we are known.” He said, “Now, we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face.”
Yeah, we’ll know. We'll know better than we know now. In fact, the stuff I can’t remember right now I’ll be able to remember in heaven. People whose names I’ve forgotten, I’ll be able to remember all their names there. So, yeah, we’ll know. We’ll know a whole lot more than we do now.
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