What’s on the Menu in Heaven?

November 21, 2006 at 12:28 am (God thoughts)

I believe there are a lot of misconceptions about heaven. I can’t help but recall dozens of Loony Toons Cartoons featuring Daffy Duck and Bug’s Bunny when i think of heaven. You know the ones I am talking about where the depiction of heaven always includes the white puffy clouds and the golden harps.

Any conversation on heaven is usually so filled with media-derived stereotypes and assumptions that it is difficult to imagine any two people having the same perspective of the eternal dwelling place. Truly the few scriptures that do discuss heaven describe it as a beautiful and wonderful place, but they can only serve to give us a glimpse of what it must be like. When i think of heaven I feel like Balaam looking out over the people of Israel, no matter which angle he looked from he couldn’t come close to seeing the big picture, but what he did see held volumes of blessings.

In this conversation of heaven I merely want to address one question; will we eat and drink in heaven?

I know the initial response is going to probably be, “Of course not, that is a silly question.” But please allow me to state my case. Consider the following passages of scripture before you immediately dismiss the possibility.

1. Mark 14:22-25

2. Revelation 22:1-2

3. Revelation 3:20

4. Revelation 21:6

All of the Revelation passages can probably be easily dismissed as symbolic depending on your eschatology. Also the Mark passage depends a lot on your eschatology but to me the passages that keep me from immediately dismissing the possibility of eating and drinking in heaven is this…

Philipians 3:20-21 “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

This passage along with I Corinthians 15:35-58 (esp verse 49) give us the best indication that the resurrected body of Christ is the model for what our resurrected bodies will be like.

If this is accurate then Luke 24:36-43 is not just about the type of resurrected body Jesus had, but also the type of resurrected body we will have.

So what do you think? Will we be sharing a thanksgiving meal in heaven; or am I letting cartoons influence my theology?

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16 Comments

  1. itsasecret said,

    Question…

    Will the food in heaven be organic? I think it will be. Why would one need pesticides in heaven?

  2. danielbalc said,

    Is organic just food grown without pesticides? I thought that meant it was grown in Oregon?

  3. Albino Hayford said,

    I was going to respond, but then I noticed you have no blogroll, so I must begin a peaceful protest in the tradition of Ghandi.

  4. Daniel B said,

    the blogroll is at the bottom of this current template. Should I change it so that you get more publicity?

  5. Albino Hayford said,

    Let me consult with my people.

  6. Jessica said,

    So if there is going to be food are there bathrooms? Or will our bodies work differently? Jesus ate with the disciples in his resurrected body, do you think he had to go?

  7. Albino Hayford said,

    Nope. Sorry. No food in heaven. The passages you read are not literal, and Jesus eating fish in his glorified body was simply an “earthly” activity showing them that He was not a ghost.

    And, no, Jessica, there will be no toilets in heaven either.

    There will, however, be golf, and, yes, DALLAS COWBOY FOOTBALL!

    “Well done thou good and faithful servant; How bout them Cowboys?”

  8. Albino Hayford said,

    Daniel…I vote for a different theme, one in which we can see the title of your blog! Blue on blue blows.

  9. danielbalc said,

    Albino, If he had the ability to eat in his resurrected body does that mean we also will have the ability to eat? Do you believe that Jesus in his glorified body is presently taking up space somewhere? That he has flesh and bones and scars and the ability to eat? Do you beleive that is the model for our resurrected bodies?

    I see how the other passages are symbolic but I can’t shake the concept of Jesus’ resurrected body being the model we have to look forward to. I see it like we would have the ability to eat but not the need nor the desire and so we wouldn’t eat. But this also is kinda weird because why would we have the ability but not the desire?

    Thoughts?

  10. Albino Hayford said,

    Eating=defacating=sewage in heaven

    Any questions?

  11. danielbalc said,

    Yeah, did Jesus defecate in his resurrected body on earth? How do you know this? Argument from silence?

  12. Albino Hayford said,

    Are you suggesting there will be sewage in heaven?

  13. itsasecret said,

    Perhaps heavenly food is different than earthly food… We only defecate because there is waste in our food that our body does not or cannot process. It is also our body’s first attempt at eliminating toxins that we ingest. Perhaps perfect food in perfect bodies doesn’t produce such waste and contain such toxins, thus eliminating the need to… well, eliminate. Or perhaps Daniel needs to stop watching cartoons.

    🙂

  14. danielbalc said,

    No I’m not suggesting there will be sewage in heaven, I am also not saying there is something special about heavenly food (since Jesus ate earthly food). I am saying our heavenly bodies have the ability to eat. I don’t know about their ability to digest. But I think they can eat. Is it incomprehensible to have a body that eats without any physical need and/or natural byproducts (i.e. growth)?

  15. Albino Hayford said,

    Yes

  16. Echo_ohcE said,

    Daniel,

    While the specific question about eating in our resurrected bodies may be somewhat speculative, it is not purely speculative. The point of Jesus’ eating is not to say something about whether we will eat or drink in heaven, but to demonstrate that he had a real, physical body when he raised from the dead. He was not a ghost or a spirit or whatever, he was a man, raised from the dead.

    But here’s an important point. When our souls are separated from our bodies, they go to heaven, while our bodies rot in the ground.

    But is that the end of the story?

    The Bible does NOT teach that that is the end of the story, OR that heaven is our final destination. Our final destination is not heaven, but the earth. Revelation 21 speaks of this new earth that God says he will create. Paul confirms that our BODIES will be raised and we will no longer be souls unnaturally separated from the body. These passages have already been cited in 1 Cor 15.

    Many Christians, truth be told, are more Platonic than they are Christian. Many Christians are looking forward to death so that they will be free from the body, because they figure that it’s their body that makes them sin, while their soul is good. They think that if only they could get away from the body and its desires, then and only then will they finally be free from sin. This is indeed quite Platonic. The Church has been wrestling with these kinds of ideas ever since the ancient heresy of Gnosticism, which has frankly been around since the beginning. To be honest, Gnosticism is just a Christian sheen on Platonism. So look, from the very beginning Platonism has been something the church has struggled against. Read Plato sometime. Read the Republic. A decently educated person should read it at least once in their life. Read Paul again, and read John’s epistles and check out some commentaries on it. Much of what is written in the New Testament is written in such a way as to combat Gnosticism/Platonism. But despite this, despite the early Church Fathers writing against Platonism over and over again, despite how many times the church has insisted that it’s heresy, yet it still tends to creep back in, pushing Nietzsche to call Christianity “Platonism for the masses”. Oh, for shame!

    Christianity and Platonism are definitely at odds on many, many points. And these points are quite important. But alas, our culture is so thoroughly steeped in Plato that most of us are simply hard wired to think in Plato’s terms. We can’t see the problem because we don’t know how to think in any other way. This affects our interpretation of Scripture (e.g., Rom 7) in a major way. Christians heavily influenced by Platonism look at certain texts of the Bible and see their view being upheld/supported, while people who have by the grace of God shaken off Plato to a large extent don’t understand why Platonists see things the way they do. It’s quite bizarre.

    But anyway, here’s my point. We go to heaven when we die, yes, but at the last day, we return to the earth forever to live in the New Jerusalem in our resurrected bodies.

    And Daniel, you’re right, if Jesus ate food in his resurrected body, so will we. You aren’t influenced by cartoons here, but Scripture. Paul says that our bodies will be like Christ’s resurrected body. In his resurrected body, Jesus ate food. Seems pretty obvious that that means that we will too. But of course, it would be foolish to make this a test of orthodoxy.

    Meanwhile, I have often wondered too if this means that we’ll have to use the bathroom. I don’t mind having to go to the bathroom for eternity, but I’d really appreciate no longer having to do paperwork. I can’t stand that myself.

    I have heard an argument that said that since there is no more death, decay, etc in heaven and the new earth, then our bodies will burn the food perfectly and cleanly, and therefore there will be no waste, and therefore we will eat without having to go to the bathroom. I thought that was a pretty smart argument, till someone reminded me that that would mean that there would be no fermentation. Of course, we all know that there will be plenty of alcohol in heaven, so that can’t be right.

    All speculations aside, I can tell you this. When we are raised from the dead, we will be UNABLE TO SIN and we will see Jesus face to face everyday. I really don’t care about anything else next to that.

    E

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