Edition No. 72
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September 1,  2007
A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
The  Voice  of  Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; Listen to Him!

Christian False Doctrines #31

The Resurrection of the Body
( a revisit of our 67th edition )

The False Teaching

Catholic: The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns to earth, he will physically raise all those who have died, giving them back the bodies they lost at death. These will be the same bodies people had in earthly life—but our resurrection bodies will not die and, for the righteous, they will be transformed into a glorified state, freed from suffering and pain, and enabled to do many of the amazing things Jesus could do with his glorified body.
Lutheran: The New Testament also teaches the physical resurrection of the body in several passages (John 5:28 f.; Rom. 8: 11;1 C or. 15: 51-54). Finally, the New Testament affirms that the physical bodies of the departed faithful will be glorified. (1 Cor. 15: 51-54; Phil. 3: 20-21)
The Son of God in his incarnation, death and resurrection took upon himself all that we are in order to redeem us. This means, on the other hand, that salvation includes the resurrection of the body. The Christian hope is not that of an ethereal, disembodied existence, but the eternal life of the resurrected and transformed body (Romans 8:23).
Orthodox: For an Orthodox, the resurrection of the body takes place at the Second Coming of Christ. Death occurs when the soul separates from the body, but at resurrection, the soul will be reunited with the body. This resurrection of the body will involve its restoration from decay of any kind, meaning that if the body has been eaten by worms, burnt, etc., it will nonetheless be made whole again.
Exposing the Error

The lifeless human body is a mass of molecules destined to return to dust, air, and/or sea from whence it came.  Then it may enter another body -- a fact that faith or dogma cannot alter.  It is 60% water, H2O!  The carbon in your body and your dog's, exhaled as CO2 or passing in excrement or otherwise, may yet cycle through countless bodies in the course of time. Thus we  exposes the rotten roots of Christianity.  Even if it were possible that no atom in your body had ever been part of another body, to what purpose is such a resurrection? All atoms of the same element and all molecules of the same compound are identical.  Why gather the exact same dispersed water molecules from throughout nature to restore the identical body, when every single one is exactly the same as the other?  Further, to restore the same physical body, every atom and molecule needs to be joined to every other in exactly the same configuration.
A miracle, is it?  No!  This, not even a miracle can produce, for miracles do not alter facts.  The miracles of healing that the Lord performed, for example, do not involve the alteration of facts.  They restore health to an ailing body.  Others  momentarily suspend the laws of nature. Here, we have to deal with a violation of facts, which if possible means that they were not facts. No miracle can alter, for example, the fact  that 1 + 1 = 2, or again, that you were born on a certain date in time.  The Lord did not restore Nicodemus to his mother's womb to be born again.  Lazarus came forth from the tomb with the same body as in he went!
Declaring the Truth
Jn.5:28-29 Be not marveling at this, that [the] hour comes in which all those in the graves will hear his voice, and those having done good will come out to [the] resurrection of zoe-life, [but] those having done [as a practice] worthwhile [things] will come out to [the] resurrection of judgment.
Jn.11:21-26 : Jesus says to her: Your brother will be resurrected.  Martha says to him: I know that he will be resurrected in the resurrection in the last day.  Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the zoe-life . The [one] believing in me even if he die he will zoe-live,  and everyone zoe-living and believing in me will not die to eternity.
Lk.20:34-36 And Jesus said to them: The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those considered worthy to attain that age and the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. For neither are they still able to die, for they are like angels, and they are sons of God being sons of the resurrection, . . ..
Mk.8:38 For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the son of man will also be ashamed of him, when he come in the glory of his father with the holy angels.

Angels are supernatural beings, called  holy angels by Jesus our Lord -- the same adjective that describes the holy Father. By listening to Jesus we learn that our physical body does not partake of the resurrection!  Whence came this egregious error?  It is readily charged to the ancient Church.  More