The Resurrection of Man

To kick off some discussion about the issue I alluded to in my previous post, I’m now going to be pointing at the elephant in the reading room of the Bible college saying, “Shouldn’t we be dealing with this?” and watching the brethren bury their heads more deeply into their books to avoid eye-contact with me.

Okay, that sounds a bit arrogant. Bible scholars are people who have been exceptionally gifted by God. (Well, the good ones anyway.) But my initial attempts at getting them to discuss this issue have been met with very uncharacteristic vagueness and lack of interest.

Let’s see if I can sum up what my beef is. My posts are too long, so I’m going to be as ruthless as possible with my words.

To me, the Bible says that when we die, that’s it, until the resurrection. The raising up of the body is the big deal. It’s what those guys in the Bible spoke about so often. Our resurrection is not the icing on the cake: it is the cake. That is, getting a new body isn’t adding finishing touches to God’s final plan for us, the bulk of the glorious work being a wispy existence as a disembodied soul where God lives. No, our receiving a new body is when we go from being dead to being alive. There is no halfway house, where we have everything already, our resurrection being a sort of bonus on top of the glory we already have.

So we die, and in one sense we cease to exist. However, we still exist in the mind of God where, it could be argued, we are more “real” than when our existence is materialized. In due time, God will recreate us. Hard to believe? Well just a minute, didn’t he know us before we existed? Didn’t he form each one of us from the technical drawings in his mind when we came into this world? Then don’t fall into the trap of thinking we’re less real while God is crafting a new “us”.

As Luther said, you’ll fall asleep in death, and you will rot or burn. At some later point, when the end comes, God will raise the new you. Even if a thousand years have elapsed, all you will experience is a closing of the eyes and an immediate re-opening of the eyes at the glorious resurrection. No darkness to fear. No ages of silence. Just a split second from your perspective.

This is idea isn’t new, but it is unpopular. It’s my aim to have this brought into the arena of Christian discussion. Hopefully, it can eventually be talked about openly and calmly, without threats of disfellowship or denunciations of heresy. If I can contribute to that, even in the smallest way, I’ll have accomplished something really useful.

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~ by Animus on December 14, 2014.

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