How can I be happy in Heaven with family members in Hell?
By Trevor Hartley
The Bible does not explain in details how we will remember our time on Earth.
We will recognize our friends and family in Heaven, we will know only good things in heaven. The new heaven and earth will not have bad memories or those who are not with us in heaven. What we do know is told by God in these verses.
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. Isaiah 65:17
When Jesus said “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
The wiping away of tears means we are remembering all the good things and all the bad things that happen to us on earth will be removed. Note the bad things come under those words “death, sorrow, crying and pain”. Those words “death, sorrow, crying and pain” are all products of the sinful fallen world of Satan. Satan and those who end up in hell will not be part of our memory in heaven, those memories will pass away, and good memories will remain.
Jesus also told a story of the Rich Man and Lazarus – Luke 16: 19-31
In verse 23-25 The Rich Man is in agony as he saw Lazarus in comfort.
Notice that the parable does not say Lazarus saw The Rich man in agony as it was just the opposite a type of one way mirror a chasm. Lazarus was only in comfort, while the Rich Man was in torment, he then asks Abraham to send Lazarus for water to cool his tongue. Verse 26 Abraham, then explained, because of the great chasm those in comfort cannot cross over to you or from Hades to here.
Jesus will have his servants in comfort and in eternal Joy and no memories of bad things or vision of those in agony.
RECOMMENDED READING The Complete Bible Answer Book – Hank Hanegraaff.
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