But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Cor 15:20
I was hoping you could clear something up for me. I have been reading a book that will remain nameless by a christian author who will also remain nameless. The book is about why God seems to ignore people in their time of need. I bought it because I don’t seem to be as close to God as I would like, and am afraid I’m doing something wrong. In a chapter of this book he speaks about prayer and how answered prayer is conditional on the following aspects of ones life: Repented sin, Obedience to Gods commands, Praying in Jesus’ Name, Praying in Faith, Praying according to God’s will, and the state of the nation. He even says that some who pray for salvation don’t receive it. What is your take on this? Would God turn away someone because he did not meet some criteria for prayer?
I have a question about the word “paradise.” I have read that it really means something different from “heaven.” Most people use the words interchangeably, so I’m wondering about the correct meaning. Also, is heaven then in three spheres? I have also read that but need some help comprehending it.
When we are in Heaven, will we still be the same gender as we were here on earth? I understand that there will be no need for procreation in Heaven, therefore, no sexual relations and no need for elimination of waste products, but will we still be man or woman? I assume that Jesus arose as a man and He said we would have bodies like His but what does that mean, will we ALL be men? My wife is already there and I wonder if she will still be a woman as she was here on earth?