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Denominations in Heaven

Dear Brother Ron

In heaven will there still be different denominations? (Baptist section, Methodist section, etc.)? If there will be different denominations in heaven then will there still be fighting over dogma or what? Will Baptists say, "I told you so"? Will Apostolics say, "I told you women weren't allowed to wear pants"? Will Allah let both Sunnis and Shiites into Paradise?

Obiwan
 
Dear Obiwan

 

Religious denominations are very similar to business franchises like KFC or Pizza Hut. Just as KFC requires you to use their recipes and the ingredients they supply, a religious denomination requires its churches to subscribe to their statement of belief and use approved materials in their ministry. Since God is Lord of the universe, he is above such business and political divisions.

Your question reminds me of the story about a man who dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the gate and explains that with all the wars, disease and natural disasters, mansion construction is running behind. He offers the man a tour of heaven while they wait for his heavenly home to be completed.

Heaven is a big place. Miles and miles of more miles and miles. And as they are touring the vast expanse of heaven, they come to a brick wall twenty feet high stretching as far as the eye can see. The man is curious about what is on the other side and asks St. Peter about it. St. Peter says, "See for yourself", and POOF! a ladder appears.

The man climbs the ladder and looks over the wall to see a huge crowd of people singing hymns and praying. He climbs back down and asks who those people are. St. Peter replies, "That's the Southern Baptist Convention. They don't know there's anybody else up here."

I was raised in the Southern Baptist church so that's the way I heard the story. Feel free to substitute Catholics, Jehovah's Witness, Mormons or the denomination of your choice.

Best always
Brother Ron