The Greek mind had great difficulty accepting the concept of the resurrection of the flesh. They had been steeped in Plato’s “immortality of the soul” doctrine and his claim that the flesh was the “prison of the soul,” and that all physical substance was inherently corrupt. To the Greeks, escaping the body of flesh and ascending into the “celestial spheres” as pure “spirit” was the goal. Consequently, the idea of the resurrection of the flesh meant permanent imprisonment in inherently corrupt matter, and permanent confinement to this material creation.
Resurrection is obviously required in order for the saints to live again and obtain “eternal life.” A common misnomer that Christians have with regard to the resurrection is that our bodies will become inherently immortal. This is largely due to the influence that Platonism has had on Christianity. Platonism’s “immortality of the soul” teaches the existence of a non-corporeal “soul” that is itself inherently immortal. The Bible claims God alone possesses this quality. Man is dust, will return to the dust and only resurrection will provide him again with conscious life. After resurrection life will still be dependent on God. This is why Paul uses language concerning the Resurrection that indicates we will not possess immortality inherent to ourselves. The language he uses for our bodies after the Resurrection describes immortality as if it’s a garment to be worn over our flesh.
So, when Jesus comes from heaven with a shout and the trumpet of God sounds then the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then the saints that are alive when Jesus comes back will caught up (Raptured) together with the saints who were in the clouds already.
You may have heard about the resurrection of Jesus and simply dismissed it as some ancient fairytale, or fabricated legendary embelishment, something that can’t be substantiated or trusted by any means. You may think that the Bible is simply corrupted and in no way reflects the truth of what happened in history, but did you know … Continue reading Resurrection a Reason to Believe!
By ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews In Israel) Sometimes, the celebrations of Passover and Easter coincide, but sometimes they can be weeks apart. Why is this? If Yeshua died at Passover, why does the Christian church mark his death and resurrection at a different time? How did they get separated? How the Passover date is set The … Continue reading Why Are Passover And Easter Celebrated At Different Times?
In several nations, it is illegal to become a Christian. But people become Christians anyway — despite penalties and even threats of death. Thousands of believers are killed each year, yet more people become Christians.