Mankind has long been thinking ahead to the times after death, and speculating that a perfect resurrection of mortal bodies will enable a continuation of sexual activity. Muslim suicide bombers think they are going to be given 70 virgins for their afterlife reward by Allah! The whole concept doesn't fit reality, reason or scripture.
"For in the resurrection they
neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as
the angels of God in heaven." (Matthew 22:28-30) "The children of this world marry, and
are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted
worthy to obtain that world [afterlife], and the resurrection
from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels;
and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection." (Luke
Sadly, the recent showing of the six-and-one-half year TV program "MEDIUM" was the last chapter in the fictional life of Alison and Joe Dubois with their three daughters, but who in real life continue to live in the "Southwestern United States".
The closing of the show came as a disappointment to many of the 16-million faithful viewers. The show was a success because it introduced and seemed to confirm what we all hope for; namely an afterlife. In the concurrent show, Ghost Whisperer, fully clothed spirits seeking "the light" died a similar death.
It was interesting to me that every spirit (of the diseased) shown on the show including the last scene of Joe and Alison united in a love kiss that we understand will last till the "End of Times" [or forever], indicates that not only the spiritual being passes on to the next life but also the physical clothes worn by them.
Are we to assume that those parts of the physical body such as the sexual organs will also abide the spirit into the afterlife but have to be hidden by clothes? Presumably, it would in this world be improper to show an unclothed spirit body in a graphic presumption of an afterlife. Of course we know that the Greeks and Romans had no qualms when they sculptured unclothed likenesses of the deceased human body for public viewing.
Truth be known, there is no evidence of the passing of earthly sexual organs with the spirit essence of our basic beings. In other words, there is no evidence that a male/female gender is required in the afterlife. The spirit being within us attempts to steer and control the actions of the physical body much like a bus driver controls a bus and yet does not physically possess wheels and tires. Likewise for all inventions operated by mortals, from buses to jet aircraft.
It could well be that we have a cross-purposed situation in that spirits [souls] inherently without a sexual gender are forced to attempt to drive the physical body with sexual organs of either of earthly genders. This to a large extent would explain the phenomenon of homosexuality.
There is no obvious need to eat and drink in an afterlife, as the spirit soul (if we believe in such) is eternal -- never dying -- and is united with and powered by the Zero Point Field of massive light which supports everything, matter included, in the Cosmos that we can or cannot now observe.
Likewise with the heart, arteries, veins and the nervous system. All of these earthly components of a physical body are totally unnecessary in a spiritual afterlife.
At this point we may ask why be hampered with an earth-like body at all, since one could travel throughout the cosmos faster than the speed of light without a body. In fact, the afterlife may consist only of individual consciousness.
But one may say, "What about the promised resurrection?" In this regard, the idea of a resurrection (a physical resurrection) of the earthly body is specious at best since there is no proof of any resurrection of anyone except by a tradition that lacks a verifiable historicity. The bodies eaten by bugs and worms in the grave or by sharks in the sea are thus without any flesh to be resurrected. The skeletal framework could hardly make it into town without flesh (muscles) as the New Testament declares people did after the resurrection of Christ. But if true, what a gory sight that must have been especially without any clothing!
Famed German Theologian Albert Schwietzer, after years of study and his service to humanity, particularly in Africa wrote in his book, The Quest for the Historical Jesus, "The Jesus of Nazareth who came forward publicly as the Messiah, who preached the ethic of the kingdom of God, who founded the kingdom of heaven upon earth and died to give his work its final consecration never existed." Many scholars by the dozens have, over the years, reached the same conclusion. They have discovered however, that many prior mythical Gods were born by a virgin mother and fathered by God.
Indeed, research shows that there are/were some 16 prior and contemporaneous mythical religious beliefs of a type of "Christ" dying on a cross throughout history (see Kersey Graves: The Worlds Sixteen Crucified Saviors). The Dead Sea Scrolls demonstrate the existence of "Christian Gnostics" known as the Essenes who received a personal "knowing" revelation of the spiritual Christos coming into one's mind long before the traditionally acclaimed Jesus of Nazareth. However, never by actual historicity [in the flesh]. Those mythical beliefs were among the many groups, any one of which could have been contenders for the establishment of the official Roman Christian community known as the Catholic Church, which Constantine utilized to coalesce the empire.
Among ancient Gnostics was a belief and consideration that birth, death and resurrection meant that the eternal soul of man "died" (buried, interred/confined) when incarnated to an earthly infant body and that later mortal death, or dropping the body, constituted a resurrection, or a returning of the soul to eternal life in the Cosmos.
Also among those folks was a belief in reincarnation justified by the fact that in prior incarnations (earthly bodies) there was a failure to reach and conform to higher principles of life experience. They believed that re-commitment to reincarnation was required by a higher law in order for a spiritual life to accept and reside in the requirements of eternal spiritual existence. Therefore, the "retarded soul" (if we can call it that) was committed to an extensive pattern of reincarnation until such time as it found the light of higher existence. The idea of a sin or hell is merely repeated re-commitments to incarnation. This mortal life is or can be as bad or as good as one strives. Thus, the penalty for "sin" is having another go at incarnation. We all have known people who have had an epiphany of "seeing" themselves in a former life. General George Patton was one of them. Perhaps his journey was to learn to cease being a warrior!
This concept is surely kinder and gentler when compared to the Hell punishment for sin or for a free pass to Heaven by accepting Christ as your savior, and confirming that acceptance by eating the body and drinking the blood of the sacrificed Christ known as the Eucharist or a sacrament!
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