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Ok related to this questions Will people in hell be able to remember people in heaven? , either some individuals or indeed whole groups believe in some form of (for lack of a better term) "heavenly amnesia" where you have no memory of your life once you get into Heaven. Where did this idea come from? Is there any group that officially holds this position to be true, or is it some folklore. (I only say this because the first time I heard about it was from the old folk tale where death is trapped in a bag) As was expressed in the other question scripture refutes this, but there are groups out their that believe things other than the scripture and use them to explain away plenty of other things. How widespread is this idea?

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I deleted my answer, because on reading Jay's, that is what people who believe this always say. –  david brainerd Mar 29 at 5:53

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The Bible says that there is no sadness in Heaven, e.g. Revelation 21:4 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

So a common argument goes: There is no sadness in Heaven. If I knew that this person I loved was in Hell that would certainly make me very sad. Therefore it must be that I won't remember them.

To the best of my knowledge there is no more specific Scriptural basis for this theory. And thus I think it's weak. I can easily think of other alternatives.

To take a personal example: My wife left me years ago. In my opinion, she made a real mess of her life, can't hold a job, gone through a series of men, etc. The kids and I feel sorry for her, but for the most part we basically say, "She did this to herself. This is the life she wanted." Okay, some of that is resentment for personal hurts. But if I was a perfect human being, would I being crying for her every day and being miserable because of what she's done to herself? Or at some point is it reasonable and normal to say, "I tried to help you, but you made your choices." This appears to be God's attitude toward sinners. Of course he went way further than I have ever gone for anybody, allowing himself to be tortured to death to save anyone who would accept his offer. But those that don't, eventually he says, "So be it." I think it is plausible that in Heaven we will have a perfect understanding of justice. People are in Hell because of choices they made.

That said, there is one scenario that does really disturb me. My mother once said, what happens if she gets to Heaven, she stands before the judgment seat of Christ and he says yes, you are among the saved. Then the next person comes up and Christ says, No, you are condemned. And then this person turns to her and says, You knew how to be saved, but you never told me?

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I doubt someone being dragged down to hell will have the presence of mind to accuse anyone who is saved. That's a silly superstition. They're going to be in shock to the point of being speechless. "And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless." (Matthew 22:12) Nor do I think God would allow it: he shall wipe away all tears –  david brainerd Mar 29 at 5:51
    
What if it is not the person who asks, but Jesus himself: and adds to it "even after I told you to". –  Bye Mar 29 at 16:21
    
@davidbrainerd Well, I'm not going to argue much about the plausibility of a hypothetical scenario where so much is outside our knowledge. But when criminals are sentenced to death, sometimes they stand there speechless and in shock, and sometimes they scream curses at everyone around. Maybe that scenario is impossible ... but maybe not. –  Jay Mar 31 at 13:23

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 Matthew  5;30

      And  if  thy  right  hand  offend  thee,  cut  it  off,  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.


 Matthew  13;30,38  

      Let  both  grow  together  until  the  harvest:  and in the time  of   harvest  I  will  say  to  the  reapers,  Gather  ye  together  first  the  tares,  and  bind  them  in  bundles  to  burn  them:  but  gather  the  wheat  into  my  barn.

   38 The  field  is  the  world;  the  good  seed  are the  children  of  the  kingdom;  but  the  tares  are  children  of  the  wicked  one;



 Malachi  4;3  

      And  ye  shall  tread  down  the  wicked,  for  they  shall  be  ashes  under  the  soles of  your  feet  in  the  day  that  I  shall do  this,  saith  the  LORD  of  hosts.


 2 Thessalonians 1;8  

      In  flaming  fire  taking  vengence  on  them  that  know  not  God,  and  that  obey  not  the  gospel  of  our  LORD  Jesus  Christ:


 2 Peter  3;7

      But  the  heavens  and  the  earth,  which  are  now,  by  the  same  are  kept  in  store,  reserved  unto  fire  against  the  day  of  judgement  and  perdition   of  ungodly  men.


 Revelation  20;14,15

 And  death  and  hell  were  cast  in  the  lake  of  fire.  This  is  the  second  death.

      15  And  whosoever  was  not  found  written  in  the  book  of  life  was  cast  into  the  lake  of  fire.  



 Revelation  2;11

      He  that  hath  an  ear,  let  him  hear  what  the  Spirit  saith  unto  the  churches;  He  that  overcometh  shall  not  be  hurt  of  the  second  death.
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