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Streets paved in GOLD?!!

I am seriously confused by the idea that heaven will have streets paved in gold, when greed is a deadly sin, is it not? WHy in the world does anyone think God would have something associated with greed paving his road of heaven? Isn't that a direct contradiction?
I'd think it's more likely be a dirt road of modesty and appreciation than a road glistening with gold.
Makes no sense to me....anyone able to explain this contradiction?

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Asked by sahmamax2 at 6:54 AM on May. 26, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I do not remember it saying that the streets will be paved with gold, if it was then it would not be a greed issue since there will be no sin in heaven there fore no one will feel greed or the need to steal. Us humans have made gold into a greed issue not GOd, God wants it because he made it and it is beautiful.

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 7:10 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • The bible doesn't describe heaven as having streets paved in gold, gates made of pearl, and other precious gems, it describes the new heaven/new earth as having a New jerusalem with these things. It's important to keep in mind that God and His kingdom/throne have existed eternally. The earth with these precious items is merely a "shadow" of the "eternal reality". These items are not limited resources in a sinless kingdom.

    It's men's greed that causes one to sin and to covet these things here. They aren't coveted eternally, they symbolize God's majesty.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:15 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • But why would God use something that he knows man sees as a greedy thing? And why isn't it more likely that streets of heaven would be that of the natural world, being that he created earth, before anything else.
    ANd it seems contradictory for God to create gold as his majesty, but then call it a "sin" when a man wishes to have that same thing in his life. WTH?

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:27 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • God also made the earth, and he made that before anything....doesn't he love this as well? WHy pave the roads in gold, instead of them being what our roads naturally are as HE created them on this earth? WHich contain no indication of greed or wealth.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:29 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • Well, I believe that there maybe a road or two that are paved in gold, but it is more of a beauty issue. There will also be roads paved of diamnonds, dirt, brick, and all other forms of paving material. The beautiful things that are here are just a reflection of the things that are in Heaven. Greed is a human emotion and is not present in heaven. Humans are the ones who put value on things like gold, diamonds, and other precious metals and gems.

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 7:39 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • Honey, God didn't create our roads and paving material, man did. God gave us the natural ingredients to make the roads, but He's not the one out on the streets paving here on earth.

    But Heaven is God's abiding place. Why shouldn't it be beautiful? He has created the New Jerusalem with streets of gold and walls of gemstones. The new heaven and earth isn't really described, just New Jerusalem. But I'm not one to question what God does. He is God. His decisions are ultimately right and holy. For one, He's not building New Jerusalem out of precious stones for us to greed after, but He is using those stones to make New Jerusalem beautiful!

    Answer by srhmldndo at 7:57 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • Honey, God didn't create our roads and paving material, man did. God gave us the natural ingredients to make the roads, but He's not the one out on the streets paving here on earth.
    -- But didn't your God create the Earth that holds these materials? Didn't your God create man to have a brain and use it to learn how to use these materials?
    I thought your God created ALL!?
    Wither or not roads are paved in Gold in Heaven is irrelavent... isn't it only the idea that you are in a place that your religion tells you you have earned to go too? (JMTs)

    Answer by gmasboy at 8:15 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • greed may be a 'deadly sin', but its not unforgivable. and really, like gmasboy said, is it relevant? heaven is heaven. just be glad you make it! personally, if i make it to heaven, and i don't see magical, wonderful sights (aka: streets of gold, crystal rivers, walls of jasper...what is jasper?), i'll think i took a wrong turn!
    for that matter, why would God put an attractive, irresistable tree in the garden of eden, then tell its occupants they can't touch it?? sin makes beautiful things ugly...not the thing itself. (shades of a similar post in other section concerning confederate flag...weird, eh?)

    Answer by thehairnazi at 8:49 AM on May. 26, 2009

  • This is just an unbeliever's POV and you can skip it if you want to, but the bible was written in an age when wealth was extremely hard to come by, practically nobody but the ruling classes had any. The bible preaches humility and in some cases (early Protestants for example) the believers were not allowed to wear colors, or anything shiny or have anything beautiful. (Remember the Puritans?) They were supposed to live in poverty and toil here on earth, so as to appreciate heaven all the more. Thus the "rest" and extravagant richness of the descriptions of heaven. I fully believe that things were added to the original writings of the bible and that this is one of them.
    Also, if this part WAS divinely inspired, it was seen through human eyes, and the richness of modern paint colors hadn't yet been discovered, so that may have been what was seen as gates of different jewels, streets of gold, etc.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 AM on May. 26, 2009


    That's jasper.

    And by the way, there is no greed in Heaven. I think pavement roads are hideous. By laying them, we're marring God's beautiful work. I prefer the trees. :-) But I'm not saying I'm ungrateful for pavement roads, it's just for use here on earth though.

    Answer by srhmldndo at 8:55 AM on May. 26, 2009

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