Resurrection of the Dead

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The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine. Three early creeds – The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed – all state that the dead shall rise [1]:

  • “I believe in… the resurrection of the flesh.” (Apostles’ Creed)
  • “… we look for a resurrection of the dead and life in the age to come.” (Nicene Creed)
  • “… at his coming all men have to rise again with their bodies…” (Athanasian Creed)

So in this version, the coffin lids are opened and the dead emerge. (See image at top.)

In December 2012, Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s Prime Minister, recommended one of their documentaries, “Men In Black.” At the beginning of that film, a mysterious orphaned child is said to have raised a dog from the dead, circa 1946. Portions of the group known as Russian Cosmists favor resurrecting not only the recently deceased, but even long-dead ancestors. They hope to eventually resurrect persons all the way back to Adam and Eve! Along the way, they would resurrect Jesus and this would be the long-promised Second Coming. (Further background: Putin’s Secret Plan, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 28, 2014.)

‘Zombies’ demand Slovenia prime minister step down

In Haitian folklore lies also the possibility of resurrection of the dead. Zombies are said to be animated corpses raised by magical means. It was thought that the Vodou deity Baron Samedi would gather the chosen dead from their graves to bring them to a heavenly afterlife in Africa. [2]

But in the Russian Cosmist proposal, how do you find the grave of Adam and Eve so you can resurrect them? Not necessary, said Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov (1829 – 1903), the founding father of Russian Cosmism. For Nikolai Fyodorovich, any particle of matter in the universe may contain the dispersed dust of one or more of our ancestors. [3] So you wouldn’t have to find the Adam and Eve grave, just their “dispersed dust”, in order to resurrect them.

But what would that be like, if you resurrected Adam and Eve and they began to give interviews on CNN or Russia Today? Maybe the two Garden of Eden dwellers would turn out to be creepy upon resurrection. Being recalled to life can be a nightmare, as described in the short story “Lazarus”, by Leonid Andreyev. We know about how Jesus called forth Lazarus from the tomb, and how later the chief priests plotted to murder Lazarus (John 12: 10), but the Bible does not tell us what his life was like afterwards. Andreyev’s story imagines a grim outcome: “deadly gray weariness showed in Lazarus’ eyes… the blue face of a corpse, grave-clothes gorgeous and resplendent, a cold look, in the depths of which lay motionless an unknown horror.” [4]

And once you resurrect all these people, where do you put them? There are already complaints about the “illegal immigrants” here in the United States. Add to that “resurrected immigrants” and you can see there would be a surge in the homeless population.

Who’s to say that death is “bad” in the first place? Plato asked this question long ago. Since none of us has yet died, how can we claim to definitely know death is bad? Plato even has Socrates saying that death was not a bad thing, though again, how could Socrates definitely know, one way or the other? [5] Sergei Bulgakov, one of the Russian Cosmists himself, veered away from the resurrectionism of founding father Nikolai Fyodorovich when he wondered, which was dominant, life or death? Is life a part of death, or is death a part of life? [3] This is the dream world, believed some native Americans, and the “dream world” is in fact the real world. So why resurrect anyone at all? Resurrect them back into the dream world?? What if they didn’t want resurrection and were even angry about the interference? Picture the resurrected Adam and Eve interviewed by Larry King, and they are seriously pissed about being made to come back!

As the old year dies, we say good-bye to 2014. Would we want the new year, 2015, to be an exact duplicate? I think not.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Resurrection of the Body”, Catholic Answers. http://www.catholic.com/tracts/resurrection-of-the-body
[2] “Zombie”, Wikipedia, December 30, 2014.
[3] The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers, by George M. Young. Kindle e-book edition.
[4] “Lazarus”, by Leonid Andreyev. http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Laza841.shtml
[5] “Socrates’ View of Death”, http://www.academia.edu/513975/Socrates_View_of_Death

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About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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