11 November 2009

Resurrection > Zombies

About a year ago I read a blog post by some blogger that I was not familiar with and therefore cannot recall who the blogger was. It was just a one-time reading-thing, you know? Her post stayed with me, though. That is because her post was about a conversation she had with her husband after driving past a cemetery titled Resurrection Cemetery. The thing is, she and her husband had a discussion about why a cemetery would have such a title because to them, resurrection equals zombies. At the time I found it a bit odd that this blogger really had so little knowledge of the Christian doctrine. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me that somebody who didn't practice Christianity wouldn't really get it.

Then I saw this post on Fail Blog. And I knew a blog post was in order.

So first I checked out Dictionary.com's definition of resurrection because I figured it might be really basic and shed some light on the Christian concept, but it doesn't really. In fact, I found the definitions to be rather useless in defining the theological aspect.

In short, Christ was resurrected and Christians believe that everyone will be one day. That means we will all get our bodies back, just like Christ did. Now, Christ was resurrected after three days in a tomb, and when he was resurrected he did not come back as a zombie. He came back in a glorified state, and his choice of food was fish and honeycomb. It is important to note that Christ's body was not decayed; it was perfected. This means that after all of mankind is resurrected, we will all be able to enjoy our bodies in a glorified state of perfection. There are numerous cemeteries titled Resurrection Cemetery. (FindAGrave lists 71, but I'm sure there are more that are not included on the website.) The title serves as a reminder that death is temporary; not only will we live again, but we will live again with perfected bodies, and all of the physical ailments we endure in this life will be gone.

5 comments:

Jenny said...

I'm grateful for this comforting knowledge.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Ironically, Sherry, many church-going Christians don't believe in an literal resurrection either. This is probably the source of so much confusion.

As a missionary, one of my favorite things was to try and understand where other Christian groups were coming from, doctrine-wise. But I never heard good clear answers on either the fall or on resurrection. Chalk one up for modern revelation.

Packrat said...

Interesting post.

The verse from the New Testament where Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life..." immediately popped into my head. I did have to look up the Book in the Bible. It is John 11 verses 25 and 26.

I've always understood that the believing in life after death and the hope of being reunited with those gone before us is what we Christians are taught to believe. It gives Christians hope that death isn't just the end - period. Just my thought on the subject.

AmiZOOKey said...

Remember a wee while back, I think it was last year, when it was claimed that Christ's tomb had been found - with bodies in it - one which they claimed was Christ's. At that time many religious leaders' defence was that parts of The Bible - in particular the Resurrection - are METAPHORICAL.

Right.

Angela Noelle said...

Fail blog = fail.