Skeptic posted this question on a website the other day, and I wanted to know how would you guys respond to this.
No mention of Paul in Heaven... reckon he didn't make it?
While the modern day world may cry 'gender neutrality' the truth of the matter is in Biblical times they had their place. That certainly isn't a popular standard in our modern day society. Please understand I'm not opposed to the equality of women, but that is a man-made perspective... we have to take scripture as the God-breathed text it is.
All that said... Specifically we don't see where women are mentioned in Heaven. Jesus gives us some clear indication as to why that may be:
Verse 29: Jesus replied, 'You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God." (pretty good segway to share with the skeptic... keep in mind skeptics aren't going to understand the things of the spirit)
Verse 30: For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven
These verses don't necessarily explain our entities when we get there, however, it He does indicate that BOTH a man and a woman who are given in marriage, in the resurrection, are as the angels of God. This clarifies that both man AND women are in the resurrection and will be as angels of God in heaven.
What the skeptic seems to be eluding to is that the there will be no women saved nor are they able to enter Heaven(?)... perhaps he's looking for some type of moral premise against women that God has somehow left them behind or leaves them behind and only man can inherit the Kingdom of God... To a Christian, even if this were true and this was God's will, it would be just, righteous and holy, and therefore no man has any moral ground to stand on and proclaim anything contrary to God's righteousness. That said, scripture is clear... 'He's not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance'... no mention of gender in that portion of scripture and its clear Jesus is speaking of both the husband and wife will enter Heaven, but not as they are here on earth.
This is just a skeptics misunderstanding of several things... The character of God, the doctrine of salvation and a misunderstanding of scripture as a whole. There again, very rarely are skeptics looking for truth, rather looking for contradictions and loopholes they can exploit in scripture.
This is just another one of those times. I would tell the skeptic that is a great topic for a Bible study, and is why Christians do Bible study together to discover God's truth, but he's not looking for that truth, so if you continue with him, its best to exploit the absurdity of HIS Worldview as he is trying to do the same for the Christian... Ask him why, within his worldview, it would be wrong if God only allowed men to enter Heaven. What makes it wrong? Is it his arbitrary opinion, or is there some standard he is appealing to that gives him a justification for right and wrong? What is that standard in an arbitrary atheistic worldview? There can't be an absolute standard in that type of worldview. Can't get absolute certainty without God... because He IS the absolute certain standard. Christians can claim such moral certainty... no other worldview can boast such a claim.
jesus said, the bible says, there is no sexual identity in heaven.
sexual identity is for earth. for people to make profound mates and reproduction and the rest of biology reproduction.
nobody needs to be reproduced in heaven.
God creates souls in his image. he is not male or female and so neuther are we at the soul level.
Our soul being male/female is entirely a material thing.
In fact dysfunctions like gay, transgender etc show the breakdown in the biology affects sexual identity.