Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Resurrection of the Body?

The Baptists and all the other fundamentalist Christians feel betrayed by this recent Discovery film, just like they felt betrayed by "The Last Temptation of Christ" and were vindicated by Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." (See the first comment by a self-avowed extremist to my post "Iconography of the Facade of the 'Jesus Tomb'.")

IMHO, the doctrine of Resurrection of the Body is a ghastly notion, something akin to "Night of the Living Dead." Besides being contra-naturum, contrary to the laws of physics (and I don't think that even Jehovah Himself violates those, since He supposedly set them up), it is just an inane idea that the body would simply levitate into the stratosphere and be whisked off to eternity among the clouds.

At what point in the body's ever-changing form propelled through time does it ascend into heaven? At age 30? At age 10? At age 75? When the body dies? Is there some sort of cosmic mortician that makes the body pretty for heaven? As Eric Clapton sang after the tragic death of his son: "Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?"

No, the body and the ego are Maya, illusions shifting through the web of the senses, which themselves are a dream within a dream, to quote Poe.

Now, resurrection of the spirit, that's another matter. ;)

Gary David


Anonymous Kenneth W. Davis said...

Beautifully said, Gary.

Several years ago I had the honor of spending some time with a dear friend, an Episcopal priest, while he was dying. He said that he was "agnostic" about whether his ego wouild survive death. But, he said, his life had been best at those times when he totally forgot his ego--in meditation, in good work, even in good play. So it didn't matter very much to him whether his ego survived or not. Either way, he said, he knew he'd be with God.

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Blogger Gary A. David's Blog said...

Thanks, Kenneth. I appreciate these words about your friend.

If reincarnation takes place, and the spirit is indeed passed on, I think it works like this. It is sort of like a relay race. One runner does not pass on the same baton, one after another. (That would be passing on a personal soul, which I don't think occurs.)

I believe it's more like the case of each runner carrying a torch. At the end of a person's run (life), s/he lights the torch of the next runner to carry on the fire of the divine spirit into the next life. It's the same fire, but belongs to no one being. At the same time it is shared by everyone.

At least that's my little way of viewing those really big questions. ;-)

Gary David

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