Will people get married in heaven?

Jesus addressed the question of whether people will get married in heaven when the Sadducees, who didn’t believe in the resurrection, asked Him, “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.  Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh.  Last of all the woman died also.  Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her” (Matthew 22:23-28).

Jesus answered them saying, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). Some are surprised by His statement and interpret it to mean that there would be no family love ties in heaven. But this verse doesn’t say that husbands and wives will no longer be together nor that there would be no relationships between family members. God is love and humans were created in his own image (Genesis 1:27). And love will continue to flourish in heaven as long as there are humans. Jesus’ statement simply means that marriage as we know it on earth will not exist in the new earth.

God instituted marriage because He wanted to create a help mate and companion for Adam who was alone. “The LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’” (Genesis 2:18). And the other reason for marriage was for procreation. The Bible says, “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). Thus, marriage was for companionship and the perpetuation of mankind. This divine command has been understood by various commentators to indicate that the reproduction of human beings will not continue endlessly, but will one day cease when the earth was filled. Therefore, in the new Earth there would be no need for procreation.

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