Eschatology

 

 

There will be no physical resurrection of the dead

 

 

 

All the sects which base their teachings and practices on the writings of spiritist Emmanuel Swedenborg deny the resurrection of the dead, for Swedenborg affirmed: ‘The spirit of man, after the death of the body, appears in the spiritual world in a human form, altogether as in the world; he enjoys also the faculty of seeing, of hearing, of speaking, of feeling, as in the world; and he is endowed with every faculty of thinking, of willing, and of acting as in the world. In a word, he is a man as to all things and every particular, except that he is not encompassed with that gross body which he had in the world; he leaves that when he dies, nor does he ever re-assume it. This continuation of life is what is understood by the resurrection’ (quoted in Melton J. Gordon, Religious Creeds, Detroit 1988, page 714).

Even some Protestants deny the resurrection of the dead. Italian Waldensian theologian Giovanni Luzzi (1856-1948) wrote in one of his books: ‘The resurrection, therefore, is an universal event because all will rise again; but at the same time it is an event which takes place for each individual at his death. Death is nothing but a crisis, man dies and rises again at the same time’ (Giovanni Luzzi, La religione cristiana secondo la sua fonte originaria, [The christian religion according to its original source], Roma 1939, page 359)

 

Confutation

 

The Holy Scripture clearly teaches that those who die will take back their body.

This will take place at the resurrection, when the soul of every dead man will be reunited with his body. So the Scripture teaches that there will be a physical resurrection of the dead.

Jesus said: “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29 – NKJV); and Paul said “that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust” (Acts 24:15 – NKJV).

As for the resurrection of the just, it will take place at the coming of Christ, as it is written: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming ….” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 – NKJV), and again: “…. we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 – NKJV).

As for the resurrection of the unjust, it will take place at the end of the thousand-year reign (which Christ will establish at His coming and during which Christ will reign on the earth with the saints), as it is written in the book of Revelation: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:12-15).

Beloved, let no one deceive you with empty words, for the resurrection is not an event which takes place at the death of every human being which consists in the continuation of life, but a future event which will consist in the reunion of the body and the soul of every human being.

 

 

 

 

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