L is for Languages

Part of my world-building for my book has been to consider the language of my people – in other words, the language of Heaven. I have had to think about whether they speak a common language or if they retain their ‘earth’ language. For ease, more than anything, I decided on a common language but until now I had never quite justified to myself why. However, the common language to one realm, or level, of Heaven is not consistent to all realms – the further back in time one goes, the common language is less familiar. Or is it? Is this, following the research I have done over the past few days (I have been on holiday and only able to research, not blog, hence only being on ‘L’), something else I should adapt? Then, it comes to the ‘nucleus’, the centre of everything, the thing that comes before that very first level of Heaven – here, no language is needed, words are not necessary for communication.

My research has been very monotheistic-focussed, perhaps not a surprise given my research on how Christianity, Judaism and Islam view Heaven compared to the likes of Buddhism. During my previous research I discovered that they perceive Heaven to have a common language. In particular, that Jews believe the language of Adam and Eve will be restored in Heaven. However, this is not confirmed in he Bible or the Torah, although there are various hints at this – God speaks to Adam, creates him in his image, amongst other things. After the Tower of Babel, people and language are dispersed and there is no longer a common language. To my mind, a return to the beginning in terms of language makes completely logical sense within Heaven.

The Jews believe this common language to be Hebrew. However, some Muslims believe it to be Arabic – not surprisingly as Allah revealled the Qu’ran in Arabic so, as with the language of Adam being restored in Heaven, the same logic can be applied. But some Muslims point out that, likewise in the Torah and Bible, it has never been said for sure in the Qu’ran what the language of Heaven will be, it has only been implied. Islamic scholars further suggest that the language used in Heaven will be the original language of man, from which all other languages developwed. However, this is where the agreement ends for Jews consider the language of Adam to be Hebrew, and Muslims consider it to be Arabic. Then, within Christianity, there is the suggestion of speaking in tongues, something that has been mentioned several times within the bible as God’s language. But, as can be asked of all three of these religions, can God’s language be taken to mean the language of Heaven?

But does there have to be a language of heaven? Could it be that when we reach the afterlife there is no need for language, that the communication there will be nothing as we know it? It will be more intrinsic, more unconscious. Or could it be that the language of Heaven, perhaps like Heaven itself, will be whatever we make it?

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