resurrection - Is Matthew 26:32 and John 20:9 a mistake stating that Jesus told the disciples He would rise again then stating they didn't know after it happened?

Matthew 26:32 Jesus tells the disciples that He will die and rise again. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.John 20:9 says that the disciples didn't know that Jesus would rise again? For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.Is this a mistake?...Read more

resurrection - What is the Full Preterist perspective on ghosts and paranormal activity?

Generally, according to the Full Preterist position, the resurrection of the dead occurred in 70 AD, when all the Old Covenant saints and prophets in Sheol were liberated and allowed into heaven at the time that the Temple was destroyed. This would mean that when people die they either immediately go to heaven or hell upon death.How exactly are paranormal activity and ghost/apparition sightings compatible with the Full Preterist perspective? Can one believe in ghosts while being a Full Preterist?...Read more

resurrection - Protestant explanation of an immortal spirit

Some Christian denominations think that the spirit is not immortal and that death is like sleeping.When Christ comes back he would resurrect the dead bodies from within the ground (like God made Adam from the earth). Revelation 20:5-6 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand...Read more

What's the difference between resurrection and revival?

Okay, now this question about resurrections in the Bible has me wondering what the difference between resurrection and revival is. If resurrection "returns them to their proper embodied state, in which they will remain forever after", then how are the raising of Lazarus, the son of the Shunammite woman, the daughter of Jairus, and others, resurrections? Did these people become immortal (i.e. living forever, never dying) before Jesus did?...Read more

resurrection - She is only sleeping

Luke and Matthew tell of when Jesus brought a young girl back to life. Before he did it however, Jesus says to the people that the girl is only sleeping: Luke 8:52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep." Matthew 9:24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.Why did he tell the people that she was only asleep when she was clearly not?A few things come to my mind:It was a parableHe wanted to hide his power from the people, ...Read more

resurrection - Is Aquinas' idea of 'Beatific Vision' widely accepted today?

Thomas Aquinas defined the beatific vision as the human being's "final end" in which one attains to a perfect happiness. Aquinas reasons that one is perfectly happy only when all one's desires are perfectly satisfied, to the degree that happiness could not increase and could not be lost. "Man is not perfectly happy, so long as something remains for him to desire and seek."STh I–II, q., 3, a. 8. But this kind of perfect happiness cannot be found in any physical pleasure, any amount of worldly power, any degree of temporal fame or honor, or ind...Read more

resurrection - How to know when a text on religion is using hyperbole to describe Heavenly joy?

Many texts describe Heaven's joy as 'infinite' (including a personal favourite, CS Lewis's Weight of Glory') but, as we are finite beings, we must assume this is merely to convey that there is 'a great deal of it' rather than literally INFINITE joy.Likewise many (including plenty on this site) describe that happiness as being 'unimaginably great'. Jonathan Edwards said all joy in this World was but a meager shadow compared to that experienced in Heaven.What is exageration- how can we tell when something is intended to be taken literally as rega...Read more

resurrection - Was the moon god Libulan resurrected?

Libulan is a moon God of the Visayan pantheon. His story is roughly something like this: Kaptan is said to be the father of Lihangin, the god of the wind, while Magwayen sired the goddess of the sea, Lidagat. With the permission of their fathers, Lidagat and Lihangin got married and raised four kids: the strong Licalibutan who had a body made of rock; the always-happy Liadlaw (god of sun) who was covered with gold; the shy and weak Libulan (god of moon) who was made of copper; and the only daughter, Lisuga (god of stars), whose silver body ...Read more