Remembering Our Past

Q. I have read your explanations of how when we see the Lord we will know as we are known, meaning we will understand all things. So, does that indicate that Christians who have wrongly believed in faith-based evolution, or incorrect eschatology will find out that they did, in fact have it wrong? I hear lots of people say that God will wipe our memories, but since it matters to Him what we believe, I can’t believe that we will suddenly have no recollections of our beliefs and actions here on earth.

A. In my opinion, all people, believers and unbelievers alike, who have held incorrect beliefs about anything concerning God will understand the error of their thinking.

For example, in Phil. 2:9-11 we see that when the Lord returns every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (agree) that Jesus Christ is Lord. Unfortunately, many of them will not have asked Him to be their Savior and will be forced to bow before Him on their way to eternal punishment.

There is no universally applicable statement in Scripture to the effect that our memories will be wiped out. Isaiah 65:17 mentions the former things not being remembered, but this verse is in the middle of a passage intended for Israel on Earth in the Millennium.

As for the Church, since we will know as we are known, we’ll be aware of everything about ourselves, just as the Lord is. But we will be the new creation in fact that we are now only by faith (2 Cor. 5:17). The errors and shortcomings of our earthly life will be viewed as if they were the acts of a different person, because they will be.

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