I’ve been on this site on and off for several years and really value the insight and catechetical efforts of many forum members (and thank God for Catholic Answers). In light of this, I’m interested on your take on the question of the complementarity of men and women in this life and the next…
We know that:
- We (men and women) each reflect certain, somewhat gender typical, aspects of God’s nature.
- The inherent nature of man and woman is complementary. In my opinion this complementarity goes well beyond our anatomical characteristics and extends into the other areas of our beings (your thoughts here would be great)
- God revealed that it was not good for Adam to be “alone” that is without Eve, his helper. This is true even though in his “aloneness” Adam was not unaware of, or outside of, an active relationship with God.
- Men and women are in most instances called to be “one flesh”, (married) bring fourth children and multiply.
I know very well that spouses cannot replace the place in our hearts that only God can fill. But the question here is what will relationships between man and woman look like in heaven? We know that there will be no marriage in heaven but we will be in community, the communion of Saint’s still men and women. So what about:
A. Our natural desire for complementary (Adam and Eve like) companionship?
B. The purpose of our reproductive anatomical components (again, in the afterlife)?
C. Fidelity in all/any relations (thoughts especially here too please)?
I’m sorry if this strikes any of you as unseemly. That wasn’t my intent at all.
Maybe I should have started with the other big question I want to pose - What about work in heaven? I really want to do work pleasing to the Lord for ever. But, how could be possible for the maker of all things to be pleased by my weak efforts?