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Rest assured, while I am trying to understand things that are beyond human comprehension, my faith and trust in God are not dependent on the success of my efforts. It's just more fun than a crossword puzzle for exercising the brain. ;)
Thanks also to all the others who have commented while I was taking forever to type out this reply--TV and typing don't mix! It's been a fun thing to consider.
I'm sorry that I don't have time to dig deeper into the subject now but maybe in the next few days...
to add to this speculative discussion, I quote from C.S. Lewis' chapter 16 of Miracles, titled Miracles of the New Creation:
"One point must be touched on because, though I kept silence, it would none the less be present in most readers’ minds. The letter and spirit of scripture, and of all Christianity, forbid us to suppose that life in the New Creation will be a sexual life; and this reduces our imagination to the withering alternative either of bodies which are hardly recognizable as human bodies at all or else of a perpetual fast. As regards the fast, I think our present outlook might be like that of a small boy who, on being told that the sexual act was the highest bodily pleasure should immediately ask whether you ate chocolates at the same time. On receiving the answer ‘No,’ he might regard absence of chocolates as the chief characteristic of sexuality. In vain would you tell him that the reason why lovers in their carnal raptures don’t bother about chocolates is that they have something better to think of. The boy knows chocolate: he does not know the positive thing that excludes it. We are in the same position. We know the sexual life; we do not know, except in glimpses, the other thing which, in Heaven, will leave no room for it. Hence where fullness awaits us we anticipate fasting. In denying that sexual life, as we now understand it, makes any part of the final beatitude, it is not of course necessary to suppose that the distinction of sexes will disappear. What is no longer needed for biological purposes may be expected to survive for splendor. Sexuality is the instrument both of virginity and of conjugal virtue; neither men nor women will be asked to throw away weapons they have used victoriously. It is the beaten and the fugitives who throw away their swords. The conquerors sheathe theirs and retain them. ‘Trans-sexual’ would be a better word than ‘sexless’ for the heavenly life.”
Note: I like the idea of my sexual "weapons" that I used as a conqueror during life (walking in purity, staying faithful to my wife, giving great pleasure to my wife in our marriage bed, etc.) being retained and celebrated for splendor. I also find Lewis' use of the word "trans-sexual" rather than "sexless" interesting here, and would love to see it reclaimed from its present fallen usage in our modern world.