Restoring The Dead


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1Cor 15:36-42 . .What you sow is not made alive unless first it dies; and as for
what you sow, you sow, not the body that will develop, but a bare grain, it may be,
of wheat or any one of the rest; but God gives it a body just as it has pleased Him,
and to each of the seeds its own body.

. . . Not all flesh is the same flesh, but there is one of mankind, and there is
another flesh of cattle, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.

. . . And there are heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies; but the glory of the
heavenly bodies is one sort, and that of the earthly bodies is a different sort. The
glory of the sun is one sort, and the glory of the moon is another, and the glory of
the stars is another; in fact, star differs from star in glory. So also is the
resurrection of the dead.

The Greek word for "dead" in that passage is nekros (nek-ros') which basically
refers to a corpse. In point of fact, verse 44 in this section of the fifteenth chapter
calls "the dead" a physical body.

According to the Watchtower Society: the resurrection of the dead, spoken of in the
fifteenth chapter of 1Corinthians, is not talking about re-energizing a corpse in
order to bring it back to life. No, because according to their way of thinking; if
someone's corpse were returned to life, its owner would be barred from the
kingdom of God.

1Cor 15:50 . . .This I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s

But human remains are likened to seeds (1Cor 15:35-53) which would be quite
useless were they to be thrown away. On the contrary; the seeds have to be kept
on hand so they can undergo a transformation suitable for the kingdom together
with the bodies of those who are alive at the time of the Lord's return. (1Thess

FAQ: What about the remains of people whose bodies are no longer intact such as
those eaten and digested by critters, burned to ashes, and/or blown to smithereens
in war?

A: It was God's intentions from the very beginning that human bodies return to the
dust from whence they're made. (Gen 3:19)

FAQ: What if some of the atoms that made my body go into making another
person's body after I'm dead? How will God fully restore both our bodies to life
seeing as how He will have need of the atoms of each to do so?

A: Specific atoms are all the same; it's not as if there are no two alike; viz: if God
needs some carbon atoms to reconstruct your body, He could utilize carbon atoms
from a Sequoia cactus and they would work just fine without the slightest need for
adjustment because every carbon atom is a precise duplicate of every other carbon
atom; viz: all carbon atoms are just one kind of carbon atom.

So it isn't necessary for God to locate all your original carbon atoms in order to
reconstruct your original body; He just needs carbon atoms; and they are very
plentiful in nature: same with iron, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, hydrogen,
nitrogen, etc.