Is Paradise Physical ?

Christians often criticize Islam for claiming that Paradise will have a physical pleasures similar to the ones that we have here on earth.  Here are a few things for my Christians brothers and sisters to consider.

Point One

Adam and Eve were married in heaven.

Genesis 3:17
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.

Genesis 3:20
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

Also, the fact that Eve was Adam’s “wife” in Heaven and was meant to be eventually the “mother of all the living”, then there is no doubt that Adam and Eve did consummate (have sex) in Heaven! Otherwise, how exactly was Eve a “wife” to Adam?

Since GOD Almighty Created love and sexuality, and Adam and Even certainly had genitals in Heaven, and they loved each others, and they were a husband and a wife, then give me one logical reason why they couldn’t have possibly had sex in Heaven!

point two

Let us see how the jewish people understood the nature of heaven, it says in the Talmud

“Garden on Eden has two gates of ruby, by which stand SIXTY varieties of pure servants. The luster of the face of each of them glistens like the splendor of the firmament. When a righteous man arrives, they remove his clothes in which he had been buried..” (Yalkut Shimoni, Bereshit 20)

Point Three

We are told in the Bible that 1 day from GOD Almighty is equivalent to 1,000 days of ours:

Psalm 90:3-5
3 You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.”
4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning-

2 Peter 3:7-9
7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

So if a day on earth is determined by the earth completing a full rotation around the sun, and if the day in Heaven is approximately 1,000 human-years of our human-reckoning, then this means that the Heaven also completes some sort of a “rotation” around a “sun”, which takes approximately 1,000 earth-years to complete.

If Heaven is nothing but spiritual and has no physical life in it, then it certainly would not have any days in it, since a day is something physical that is seen by the human-eye and is reckoned by human-time.

point four

Punishment in hell and rewards in paradise are physical.

Revelation 19
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Matthew 5
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Mark 9
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Luke 13
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

Matthew 10
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

As for heaven:

1- People will have body flesh and bone not only a soul and believers will see God.

Job 19:26 -27
26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see himwith my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Matthew 19
12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Mathew 17
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake,
shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Point Six

Drinking alcohol in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 26:29
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Point Seven

Eating bread in the kingdom of God.

Luke 14
15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Luke 22
15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Point Eight

Eating and drinking at the table of Christ.

Luke 22
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel- meeting the prophets in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 8
1 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus replied on the sadducees who didn’t believe in the resurrection of the body:
Matthew 22
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

So Jesus reminded them that God who has created them.  Also, according to the bible, angles eat, drink and get married:

Genesis 18
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

So God and his angles had eaten food at Abram house!

Genesis 6
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Sons of God are the angles  according to Christians Theologians .  The same story is mentioned in the book of Enoch, where Judas mentioned clearly that the angles got married.  And since the Angels are familiar with marriage, then it should be normal for them to have current wives in Heaven.

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