What if you don’t believe in the Bible, especially its version of eternal life or death?
Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling tour of our world’s secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise―that everything we’ve known about our world’s past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true…
This is a book about mystical and supernatural secrets…meditation techniques were taught to the political and cultural elite…sensory deprivation, breathing exercises, sacred dance, drama, hallucinogenic drugs and different ways of redirecting sexual energies…to induce altered states of consciousness…to see the world in new ways…
I want the reader to try to imagine…This inevitably involves an altered state of consciousness to some degree…at the heart of all esoteric teaching in all parts of the world lies the belief that higher forms of intelligence can be accessed in altered states…
And here is where the mystery religions with multiple gods and imaginary exploits cannot retrofit the Bible with its proof of a Life-Giver.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (II Corinthians 10:5)
“Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question…For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.” (Acts 23:6-8)
The biblical theology of resurrection of the body for the soul’s expression of life is unique.
Other theologies consider life after death as life uninterrupted for the soul without a body. There are a variety of conceptualizations of immortality by imaginative writers both fictional and religious, so let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. It is not as simple as you might think.
Modern day science allows us to understand how the person, i.e. an immaterial soul, once formed as a discrete configuration of bioelectrical patterns, continues to exist, at a minimum, as potential energy in an inactive but not unaware state of existence even after the loss of the body.
This is not a good feeling. This is damnation.
Interestingly, the scientific and biblical concept of eternal suffering of the disembodied soul is consistent with the oldest religious belief, the Sumerian, present at the dawn of history and perpetuated through religious permutations to the present.
“only pain and suffering in Kur…Cosmically located between the earth’s crust and the primeval sea [under the earth] , and incredibly similar in description to the Greek Hades.”
western religions, as well as south Asian and African ones…span from the ancient world and classical antiquity…
According to the ancient Greeks, at the time of death, the soul separates from the body and is transported to the underworld, where it is accepted into the realm by the governing god Hades, who is known to reside at the edges of the ocean and under the deepest depths of the Earth [exactly like Kur].
Achilles, There is not a man in the world more blest than you…when you were alive, we Argives honored you as a god, and now down here…You Lord it over the dead in all your power. So grieve no more at dying, great Achilles.’ I reassured the ghost,
but he broke out protesting…shining Odysseus! By god, I’d rather slave on earth for another man–Some dirt-poor tenant farmer who scrapes to keep alive—than rule down here over all the breathless dead.”
We can deduce that the souls of those who have no connection with the eternal Singularity experience a condition equivalent to insomnia. At baseline, without any positive distracting stimulation, this is unrelieved negative emotions and rumination from being in such an awful state, worsened with terror at what is yet to come. But being deprived of sleep is a torture.
We can deduce physical pain as well from from immobility and continued sensation of pain lingering in the sensory nerves. Consistent with geological knowledge of underground heat and high pressure, we can believe the reports of torment from the lack of shielding of the bodiless’ soul’s electrical field from the other electrical fields also grounded.
We can conceptualize this with the experience of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fortunato. Horrifically walled up in a standing position, he was unable to move to relieve pain from multiple causes – immobile cramping muscles, hunger, unsanitary bowel and bladder discharges, desperation to communicate to anyone to be saved from his torment in utter darkness, despair of salvation, and most of, unable to maintain a state of oblivion to his worst nightmare for an interminable length of time.
As you read the following account, consider how the narrator is the very likeness of Satan, carrying out Satan’s pride-based hatred of humanity.
Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times…I would have revenge…[This and the following emphases added.]
I have bought a full cask of a fine wine which they tell me is Amontillado [playing to his lust] But….”
“Amontillado! Quite impossible.”
“I know. It does not seem possible….”
“Ho! — Come. Let us go…To your vaults. To taste the wine.”
As he spoke, Fortunato took my arm, and I allowed him to hurry
me to my great stone palace [the earth, Satan’s domain]…
I went down before him, down under the ground [hell], deep under the old walls of my palace…We
were entering the last resting place of the dead of the Montresor family…We could see the bones of the dead lying in large piles along the walls…We went on, deeper and deeper into the earth. Finally we arrived…In the middle of the wall was an opening into…a little room about three feet wide, six or seven feet high, and perhaps four feet deep….
“Go on,” I said. “Go in; the Amontillado is in there.”
Fortunato continued to go forward, uncertainly…He stood there a moment, facing the wall, surprised and wondering. In that wall were two heavy iron rings. A short chain was hanging from one of these and a lock from the other. Before Fortunato could guess what was happening, I closed the lock and chained him tightly to the wall. I stepped back…I found the stones which earlier I had taken down from the wall. Quickly I began to build the wall again, covering the hole where Fortunato stood trembling.
“Montresor! What are you doing!?”
I continued working. I could hear him pulling at the chain, shaking it wildly. Only a few stones remained to put in their place…
“Montresor! For the love of God!!”
“Yes. For the love of God!”
I heard no answer…only a soft, low sound, a half-cry of fear…I hurried to force the last stone into its position. And I put the old bones again in a pile against the wall. For half a century now no human hand has touched them. May he rest in peace!
In religious contexts, immortality is often stated to be one of the promises of God (or other deities) to human beings who show goodness or else follow divine law. What form an unending human life would take, or whether an immaterial soul exists and possesses immortality, has been a major point of focus of religion, as well as the subject of speculation and debate…
Most religions teach that after the death of the body the soul continues to exist, separate from the body.
In Hindu tradition, nirvana…is the reuniting with Brahman, the universal God or universal soul.In traditional Hinduism, a soul reaches this state after living many lives in which it climbs up through the varna, or caste system…
When a soul finally escapes the karmic cycle, it becomes one with Brahman when the last bodily incarnation dies. This is a higher plane of existence that transcends the suffering of earthly life. Essentially, the soul rejoins the intangible energy that created the universe.
what he meant…goes back to the experience of no self and full self. Allowing the self to dissolve is half of the enlightenment experience. Allowing the self to reform without interference, that’s resurrection, isn’t it?
Absolutely not. That’s absorption into another entity, a total loss of individuality. That’s what happens in Alien horror movies. This model of “everlasting life” eliminates the value of individual souls as unique personalities.
The capacity for self expression and interaction is made possible only through connection of the soul with body. The only way an immaterial soul can have any eternal quality of existence is through inhabiting a body. And this is in fact incorporated (get it?) into most religious beliefs on immortality.
This is the reason for mummification, a process associated with Egypt but found all around the world.
Many civilizations—Incan, Australian aboriginal, Aztec, African, ancient European and others—have practiced some type of mummificationfor thousands of years to honor and preserve the bodies of the dead…
No matter how a body was mummified, the end game was the preservation of as much skin tissue as possible—and the priests of ancient Egypt are considered the experts on the process.
The notion that immortality equals the eternal union of body and soul is typical of many religions. In traditions, such as ancient Egyptian religion, Mesopotamian religion, and Greek religion, the immortal gods consequently were considered to have physical bodies. In Mesopotamian and Greek religion, the gods also made certain men and women physically immortal [by keeping alive their pre-death bodies].
Note that in preserving the existing body through death denies the existence, power and plan of a Creator who breathed life into a clay image once before, so has proven himself capable of starting over again from scratch. (Get the pun? Scratch the earth…]
“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house…And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it [the same lump of clay] again another vessel, as seemed god to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying…Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand.” (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
I.e., being re-made. Another word for this is being re-surrected. This is best understood by the definition of surrection in the first place – the process of being heaved upward from the earth.
We have seriously lost so much knowledge over time.
This distinguishes [biblical] theology from other views that see continuity of life after death as something intrinsic to the human person / soul. Resurrection of the dead, on the other hand, is about the discontinuity between life and life after death. The rupture of death is overcome only from God’s side by God’s action. So resurrection of the dead is not resuscitation, but a new creation analogous to the first creation…a new kind of life…
The expectation of a resurrected body also emphasizes the continuity of personality and the integrity of personhood…it is not some spiritual part of you that lives the new kind of life; it is you, embodied and recognizable to God as you. This contrasts to various views of a disembodied postmortem existence, such as immortality of the soul and reincarnation…
So it is no surprise that the only religions that have a re-surrection model are the monotheistic religions of the Hebrews, Zoroastrians, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam with a Singular Creator God who values humanity as equals in relationship, as documented in the Bible.
- “I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
- Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
- saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…yea,
- I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it…
- [most specifically and especially] make (hu)man(ity)…after our likeness: and let them have dominion over…all the earth“ (Isaiah 46:9-11, Genesis 1:26).
“I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:” (Job 19:25-26)
And it totally fits with what we known from science.
Just as batteries by themselves do nothing, the stable potential electrical energy of the soul separated from the body is not transferred anywhere without an appropriate apparatus designed to carry the soul’s specific biochemical electrical current.
According to the Bible – whose Singularity Creator / YHVH is the only religious source of life energy of the body and soul –
- the soul which the Eternal I AM brought into being with the physical body from dirt,
- also follows the body back into the earth
- and can only be lifted again out of the earth and reconnected to life by the same God
“God speaketh…bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light [energy, spirit] of the living.” (Job 33:14-30)
here is no claim of this in paganism or scientific observations. There is no proof of paganism’s claim of transformation of “heroes” from mortal into immortal bodies after death.
The resurrection from the dead is the fulfillment of YHVH’s promise to reverse the curse of death brought on humanity by the original mother when she disconnected herself – including all her corrupted genes which were passed down to her descendants – from the Singular source of life.
- “the serpent...said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent…of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it…lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die…
- And when the woman…took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat…the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked / defenseless against the serpent and death;” (Genesis 3:1-7)
Dreams of being being unaccountably naked in public, common to humanity, may be atavistic memories of the first human’s experience upon realizing he/she had been, horribly, been made a fool.
When you are without your clothes, you are also most vulnerable...the dream may parallel a waking situation where you feel helpless or where you have completely let your guard down. Perhaps you are in a relationship where you have opened yourself up at the risk of getting rejected.
Becoming mortified at the realization that you are naked in a public place may reflect your fear of being exposed and feelings of shame. You may be hiding something and are afraid that others can see right through you.
The biblical account of salvation from a dreadful continuation of nakedness / defenselessness / shame disconnected from the source is irrefutably logical.