(04/23/2014) Resurrection from the Dead?

Posted: April 22, 2014 in Christian Beliefs, Death, Discernment, Doctrine, Eternal Life, Language, Resurrection, Sin, Subtlety, The Bible
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Assumptions about GOD, resurrection, and sin are in view, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “g” (Level 1 with 17 points, a member since March 08, 2014) posted the following:


Resurrection of dead? 

do you think there will be a future resurrection of the dead and in what form when someone dies the body dies the brain dies what is left do we really have a spirit i have read in bible we come back in flesh and bone but how this seems impossible


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  (1st Corinthians 15:  12-22, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013); Thanking and Blaming GOD (12/25/2013); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013)


“g”, consider the following:  Christian beliefs on resurrection should be prayerfully studied from the Bible.  The teachings are simple, yet, they are profound (we say, deep, far reaching in their application and effect).  Many hidden assumptions (unstated ideas we agree upon as we start a discussion, that often go unnoticed, and that we do not question or demand evidence for) must come into view that a person makes about GOD; and one must be alert to the many subtle shifts in meaning (we say, barely visible differences) among ideas that seem to make the same points, yet, are completely different in their substance and impact (e.g., re-animation, regeneration, and reincarnation).

GOD is a nonmaterial spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures, diverse forms and objects as well as the conditions and frameworks for their interaction within various spheres of existence.  GOD is not made up of particles as are clouds, fog, mist, smoke, steam and vapor.  The “content” or substance of GOD are the inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, holiness, life, person, presence, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

We use language that says mankind is “made in the image” of GOD to acknowledge the similarities that exist because all humans contain some measure of divine matter.  GOD is eternal, immortal, immutable, and unchanging (i.e., can not be influenced, manipulated, or operated upon as an object).  Mankind is mortal, and experiences life with a continuous focus upon mechanical operations of the physical body as cycles, patterns, phases and stages.

In various ways, GOD has expressed an intent that mankind should permanently exist as a companion to divinity.  Therefore, mankind is now in a continual process of assessment, cleansing, preparation (we say, judgment, salvation, sanctification), and permanent change.  Mankind is to become immortal and incorruptible.  Life is GOD’s intent, and death is GOD’s tool.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, by appearing incarnate (in flesh) as Jesus Christ, GOD has demonstrated and “explained” that flesh and Spirit must cooperate for humanity to be totally separated from sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD, and of all Creation that responds to GOD in obedience.  Nothing is impossible for GOD; yet, the elimination of sin is a profound challenge.  Sin is no thing created by GOD; contains no life or spirit matter; yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures despite their emotions, intellect, logic, and science.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divinity that resides in you.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:  8-9, KJV)

Washington, DC


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