Fr. William Saunders


*Fr. William Saunders*
*Is There Free Will in Heaven?*

I have always assumed that any human who merits heaven after this valley of
tears is in heaven forever. However, in view of the fact that the bad
angels were in heaven (I presume) and rebelled against God, it is not
possible that those of us who are saved could rebel against God in heaven?
I guess my question is, do we exercise free will in heaven?—A reader in

This question is very difficult to answer because we must delve into areas
beyond our human time frame , the time before the creation of the world and
the time after our death. Moreover, the Bible provides little detail
concerning either of these issues. Nevertheless, gleaning what is in the
Bible and the , and what the great saints have written, we can
form an adequate answer.

We believe that God has given each of us a free will. The
states, "God created man as a rational being, conferring on him the dignity
of a person who can initiate and control his own actions" (No. 1730). With
this free will, each of us makes the fundamental choice to love God or to
reject Him.

Having chosen to live for the Lord, we look forward to the time when we
will share eternal happiness of Heaven. Here we will share a perfect life
with the Holy Trinity and in communion with the Blessed Mother, the angels
and the saints. Our souls will now be purified of sin and any hurt caused
by sin. We will have the beatific vision, seeing God as He is. St. Paul
wrote, "Now we see indistinctly as in a mirror; then we shall see face to
face" (1


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