I just finished reading an article in this week’s Newsweek that has gotten me to thinking. They say that in a 2005 poll, only half of Americans think of resurrection as a physical event. They think of it more as something spiritual, as the soul rises to heaven. Okay, I’m down with that.
But the thing is, God, I guess there’s a real movement among orthodox Christian and Jewish scholars in which they maintain that resurrection is “a physical transformation – a literal reversal of death.” In other words, they believe that in heaven we’ll have the same fleshly bodies we had on earth! Furthermore, the article goes on to say, “For the faithful to be faithful, these proponents argue, they must believe, wholly and without hairsplitting, in resurrection as the reunion of an individual’s body and soul at the end of time – a miracle of God.” And these scholars go on to say that if you don’t believe in miracles, then you can’t declare yourself a person of faith! Well, I’m sorry, but that’s a bit much!
Okay, first off, Lord, let’s get one thing out of the way. I am a person of faith. I do believe in miracles, including the ones in the Bible. I believe Jesus turned water into wine and raised Lazarus from the dead. I don’t have a problem with those. (By the way, some of your children think those were just stories, but not ME, God. I’m your good kid. I’ve seen what You can do! So please bear that in mind when the time comes!)
But, this other idea? Well, we’ve gotta talk. I do believe that “whosoever believeth in You shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” But, God? Resurrected with our same bodies? I think not! I mean, I know that this is just some scholars’ opinion and they can’t really prove anything unless they’re dead, and then it’s too late. But the idea just bugs me! So, this is MY opinion. I’ve always seen Heaven as a perfect place – not a place where we’ll be dragging along the same old container we’ve had all the time we were on earth! I mean that just doesn’t make sense! I believe that what really matters is the soul. I’ve always envisioned a Heaven in which we’d be these lovely “beings of light,” freed from our earthly shackles. I mean, we’ll be on a higher plane and all that. And in that higher, blissful existence, we won’t need bodies. I bet that’s really how it’s going to be…right, God? No muss, no fuss, just flitting around as joyful beings of light? It’s a beautifully elegant solution. And I’m pretty sure that’s the way it will be. But I did want to double-check it with You. Oh, and one last thing, God – if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, when my time comes, I’d really, really like for MY light to be pink! (If that’s okay with you and all. But, white’s good, too.)