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Bible Q & A

Q. If the physical body decays but the spirit that was in the body preserves the form, the shape, the memory and the character; does this mean that in the resurrection our dear ones will remember the terrible pain and suffering they endured just before death and during their lifetimes?
A. Those who are resurrected as immortal spirit beings will, like God, have perfect memories. But the memory of our past life will not be painful. Jesus Himself “learned obedience through what he suffered” (Heb. 5:8).Christ is not now suffering at the right hand of the Father. David wrote: “At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps 16:11). If we were to totally forget what we had suffered, there would be no point in going through such trials in the first place. But God promises that in His Kingdom He will “wipe away every tear and death shall be no more for the former things (shall) have passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
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