The only way an immaterialized human soul can have any quality of existence is through re-inhabiting a body. And this is in fact incorporated (get it?) into many 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.
Resurrection of the dead is the cardinal [biblical] idea of life after death..
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…
- “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)
There 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.
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.
It is worth noting that of all the multitude of religions around the world, the majority – not just the Christian – follow the Hebrew’s ancient account of a Creator and Supreme God. This makes sense, as it provider the only account of a God powerful enough – because he controls creation, and compassionate enough, to sacrificially involve himself with mankind. This God alone provides a means of eternal life through reconnection of the soul with the body in a future resurrection.
“I [the personhood, the soul] know that my redeemer [from the condition of death] 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: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27)
“I am the LORD / YHVH Creator thy God…and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me…thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help…I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.” (Hosea 13:4-14)
Jesus / YHVH’s Promised Redeemer said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever [the personhood, the soul] liveth and believeth in me shall never die [experience the isolation of the soul]. Believest thou this?” (John 22:25-26)
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (I Corinthians 15:51-53)
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 of life is irrefutably logical.
This account alone has been preserved unchanged for thousands of years and has been continuously followed as a way to eternal life by adherents to at least four ancient religions comprising over 50% of the world’s current population.
These prevalence and incidence statistics call for the investigation of these claims.
Of all the sources of information on the afterlife, the Hebrew Bible offers the most comprehensive, reliable, verifiable, and plausible information. There is good reason why, according to Guinness World Records. “Although it is impossible obtain exact figures, there is little doubt that the Bible is the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book. A survey by the Bible Society concluded that around 2.5 billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion.
And that’s not even taking into consideration the fact that the first section of this book commonly called the Torah, has been in continuous circulation for about 3,500 years. Can that be said about any other documentation?
- So there is something special about this book, inviting further investigation of its claims.