Follow the link above to the Parchment and Pen Blog where Rob Bowman outlines 14 evidences from scripture that indicate the likelihood of the truth of the bodily/physical resurrection of Christ.
I’ve begun advocating for and teaching what I believe is a more robust resurrection theology. Modern Evangelicalism, though well-intentioned, has become obsessed with Heaven. We want to get people into it, talk about it, think about it, write songs about it, and buy lots of books written by little boys who claim to have been there.
Of course, the problem is that the Christian hope for eternity is not an eternity spent in Heaven. Our future hope is all about the resurrection into the then fully established Kingdom of God ruled by Christ when he returns. This is our future hope, but we have settled for disembodied souls existing in the spiritual place we call Heaven. To be honest, this simplified vision of eternity is not very appealing to me. But the idea that Heaven and Earth will be joined together (Revelation 21), and that our destiny is to have a physical and eternal existence on a restored Earth, well, that has real power for me. This vision provides for us both our hope for the future, and a vision for how our lives are to be right now. We are to live in light of this future hope and reality, but if that hope is false, we are the greatest of all fools.
That old man you know wasn’t always elderly. He wasn’t always dying. That person lying in that bed gasping those recognizable breathes of one who is close to eternity used to be hale and vibrant. He used to play volleyball, and work the fields. He used to shape wood into beautiful figures. He used to a drive school bus and let the kids stop by the ice cream shop on the way home. He used to laugh. But now he has passed, and like a dream, those memories are truly memories. They are sweet reminders of what was. Continue reading