Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Rez of the Body

To follow up on the post below The Resurrection of the Body? , I googled "resurrection of the body" and the first entry was The Catholic Encyclopedia. Under CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RISEN BODY:

"All shall rise from the dead in their own, in their entire, and in immortal bodies; but the good shall rise to the resurrection of life, the wicked to the resurrection of Judgment. It would destroy the very idea of resurrection, if the dead were to rise in bodies not their own. Again, the resurrection, like the creation, is to be numbered amongst the principal works of God; hence, as at the creation all things are perfect from the hand of God, so at the resurrection all things must be perfectly restored by the same omnipotent hand. But there is a difference between the earthly and the risen body; for the risen bodies of both saints and sinners shall be invested with immortality. This admirable restoration of nature is the result of the glorious triumph of Christ over death as described in several texts of Sacred Scripture: Is., xxv, 8; Osee, xiii, 14; I Cor., xv, 26; Apoc., ii, 4. But while the just shall enjoy an endless felicity in the entirety of their restored members, the wicked 'shall seek death, and shall not find it, shall desire to die, and death shall fly from them' (Revelation 9:6). "

Oh, what a pretty picture the Vatican minions have painted here. Sinners have no exit from their resurrected bodies, no chance for reincarnation and a second chance, no escape from eternal torment. This Boschian nightmare has inflicted untold psychological pain from the Middle Ages onward.

The Catholic Church is, I opine, responsible for more human misery than any other institution in history (other than the Bush administration ). ;-) From Torquemada and the Inquisition to the genocide of Native Americans and the burning of the Mayan codices down to our own day of sexually perverted priests and the ban on contraceptives that ultimately results in both dire poverty and death from AIDS, the Church has perpetuated its power by means of this warped mentality.

Isn't it ironic, though, that the Roman Catholic Church would insist on a corporeal resurrection but deny that Jesus lived a normal human life? No, he was the result of a virgin birth and died a virgin, apparently. Let's save that nasty sexual stuff for heaven.

Gary David

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