We talk about eternal families a lot. The church certainly places this concept as an important doctrine. But…should we really be concerned about not being an eternal family?
If I understand correctly those that are assigned the Celestial Kingdom can visit lower kingdoms.
So here’s how I see it. If every member of the family makes it to the Celestial Kingdom then obviously no problem. What if some of the family make it to the Celestial Kingdom and some go to the Terrestrial Kingdom? The ones in the Terrestrial get to associate with each other and then they can be visited by those from the Celestial….sounds like a family to me.
What if they all are in the Terrestrial? They get to associate with each other…sounds like a family to me.
Ok, Ok I know that visiting really doesn’t count as a family, but I really don’t veiw a “family” unit as all living in the same house/place in the Celestial Kingdon anyway. Give me a break! Do I really expect that my children and their children etc etc will all be living with me (if I make it)? So there will be visiting going on in the Celestial Kingdon.
So what really is the difference if I visit them, or they visit me in a different kingdom? Sure some will be Celestial some will not, but does that decrease the love felt, does it decrease the association? Does it make it not a family?
It appears to me that Families are forever, maybe just not in the same kingdom.
(I’m not talking here about Mom going to the Celestial Kingdom and Dad going to “hell”….although mom may still want to visit dad, but that’s a whole different post)