What happens to the body after death?


#1

This is just a quick question out of curiosity:
What Christian faiths believe they will be reunited with their body in heaven, and at what point?

Peace,
CS


#2

ashes to ashes, dust to dust, our earthly body is but a shell.

good question, Ive heard reincarnation but not that we retain our bodies, maybe the Joehava’s???


#3

I can’t point to scripture, but our bodies will be glorified in the New Jerusalem…Or that’s what I’ve always accepted or believed. :wink:


#4

[quote=havemercy]I can’t point to scripture, but our bodies will be glorified in the New Jerusalem…Or that’s what I’ve always accepted or believed. :wink:
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Don’t know if you need scripture, since it’s said in the creed almost every sunday.

I believe in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

However to help out here is a good article about it.

newadvent.org/cathen/12792a.htm


#5

[quote=Kitty Chan]ashes to ashes, dust to dust, our earthly body is but a shell.

good question, Ive heard reincarnation but not that we retain our bodies, maybe the Joehava’s???
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The body will be raised again. Anything else is heresy. And yes, I am saying that your statement “the body is but a shell” is heresy. It’s not a Christian statement at all.

Just what that means–just how the resurrected body is related to the bodies we have now–is open for debate. But all orthodox Christians believe that the body will be raised again. It’s far more permissible, in my opinion, to question whether we have souls that are separate from our bodies than to question whether our bodies will be raised again.

Edwin


#6

There is not a real clear picture of what happens after you die.

Even the catechism is vague about it. It does not give explicit information.

It’s one of those hard things to understand that Peter mentioned…one of those MYSTERY things.

Even the bible is not clear on what happens after death. Does Peter have a glorified body in heaven right now or is just his soul is there and it is awaiting to be rejoined with his long decayed corporal body on the Great Second Advent?

It’s just not clear.


#7

[quote=ChristsSoldier]This is just a quick question out of curiosity:
What Christian faiths believe they will be reunited with their body in heaven, and at what point?

Peace,
CS
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I can only answer the question of the thread.

If you are good at embalment, human body can last a pretty long time without getting corrupted. The remains of the ancient mummies of the Pharoahs testify to that.

Otherwise it will decay, decompose and turn to ashes and dust. We die but our souls don’t. That’s why afterlife is such scary scenerio to imagine if we are not prepared for it in this worldly life.


#8

Be Blessed,
Awesome responces and a great article Gelsbern!
I’m more focused on the when/how - or meaning of - I guess.
For me, the body is unimportant, or at the very least, less important than the soul…
I’ve never really focused on the ‘when’ aspect. I guess I’m supposing it isnt right away (which maybe - somehow it is?)
Good Stuff!
CS


#9

[quote=Contarini]The body will be raised again. Anything else is heresy. And yes, I am saying that your statement “the body is but a shell” is heresy. It’s not a Christian statement at all.

Just what that means–just how the resurrected body is related to the bodies we have now–is open for debate. But all orthodox Christians believe that the body will be raised again. It’s far more permissible, in my opinion, to question whether we have souls that are separate from our bodies than to question whether our bodies will be raised again.

Edwin
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Now I havent thought lots about what happens, as for heresy I couldnt tell you, im just discussing things here. but they do say ashes to ashes dust to dust, which would mean there is nothing left of the body, the skin and bones part. Soul is what moves on. And we then get a new body thats how I understand it all.

And there are some who are deformed who would rather not be missing that arm when they get to Heaven, but maybe Im wrong in this. Mind you God wouldnt need mummification, or us to bury in any specific way, or to put on a arm, in order to reform some old bones or dust.

I think Joeys got a point we really dont know what its going to be. I think that if Im going to trust Christ with my life then whatever He has planned for my body, what Im gonna do, live or be, its in His Hands.


#10

[quote=JoeyWarren]There is not a real clear picture of what happens after you die.

Even the catechism is vague about it. It does not give explicit information.

It’s one of those hard things to understand that Peter mentioned…one of those MYSTERY things.

Even the bible is not clear on what happens after death. Does Peter have a glorified body in heaven right now or is just his soul is there and it is awaiting to be rejoined with his long decayed corporal body on the Great Second Advent?

It’s just not clear.
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Death means separation of body and soul. Body will decay and soul will be destined for hell, purgatory, or heaven. At the last judgement or end of time, body and soul reunite or resurrect. The only 2 persons who has a glorified body now are Jesus and Mary.


#11

[quote=Kitty Chan]ashes to ashes, dust to dust, our earthly body is but a shell.

good question, Ive heard reincarnation but not that we retain our bodies, maybe the Joehava’s???
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Some info for the curious: [/font]http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/10/31/body.farm/


#12

As Catholics, we say that we believe in the resurrection of the body. One post gives the link to the Catholic encyclopedia article on General Resurrection. This does a nice job of describing when we will be reunited with our bodies and some info on the nature of our resurrected bodies.

Don’t worry, our bodies will not have imperfections as they may in this life. Someone who lost a limb will have it. People with cancer or disease will not suffer from those conditions. And yes, even those who were cremated will have their bodies again. It will be a glorified body. Read also the transfiguration accounts and the stories about different things Jesus could do once resurrected. Our resurrected bodies, since they will be subject to the soul instead of the other way around, will have amazing properties.

Jesus said that no eye has seen nor ear heard what He has ready for us. That means that there is absolutely nothing we can imagine or conceive that comes close to what we will experience after the general resurrection.

To me, the real question is, What is heaven like until the general resurrection? We won’t yet have our resurrected bodies and the earth will not yet have been made new.

Any theological thoughts on that one?


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