I believe our God-designed maleness and femaleness will continue in the next life. I don’t think we will be neutered by the resurrection. So, will there be physical intimacy between the genders?
For Mormons, the answer is yes. They can be married for eternity in the temple and go on making spirit babies forever.
Orthodox Muslims also believe they will enjoy sex forever. In addition to their wives, righteous men will receive houri:
In Islam, the concept of 72 virgins (houri) refers to an aspect of Jannah (Paradise). This concept is grounded in Qur’anic text which describe a sensual Paradise where believing men are rewarded by being wed to virgins with “full grown”, “swelling” or “pears-shaped” breasts. (There is no corresponding reward for Muslim women.)
Most Christians would say “no sex” in heaven; primarily because it is restricted to marriage and Jesus said there would be no post-resurrection marriage (except for him and his bride). The earthly reasons for the exclusive arrangement—companionship and procreation—will no longer apply.
But is physical intimacy only for procreation (as the Catholic Church teaches), or is pleasure a legitimate reason for sex? If so, could it be purified and enjoyed after all the results of sin have been wiped away? This appears to be the case with eating and drinking; why not with other biological processes?
Whatever we think has been influenced to a greater or lesser extent by:
- a view of pleasure shaped by history and culture
- a literalistic interpretation of sacred texts
- a platonic view of the body as evil
The wonders awaiting us are beyond comprehension. The few glimpses we get from here are “through a glass darkly,” so we should do our speculating with a great deal of humility.
In my humble opinion, if there’s no sex in heaven it will be replaced with something far better. Imagine that!