ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

Monthly Archives: February 2012

“they would appear to be gods by us”

Comment on “Astronomers Discover World’s Oldest Galaxy” by Michio Kaku on January 26, 2011, 4:48 PM
Peter Marino on January 26, 2011, 9:25 PM

Ofcourse that galaxy is far gone, probably just a black hole, but if there were intelligent life forms in any part of that galaxy just think how developed they would be by now. They’re intelligence and technology would be so far ahead that they would appear to be gods by us. Omnipotent, omniscienct, and omnipresent. For all we know they could have created our solar system or even our galaxy!

Well just a thought, but a mind altering one if true!

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“this queer point of faith”

I like the way this guy writes about the resurrection.

Signorelli, Luca: The Resurrection of the Flesh (c.1500)

By Tom Lubbock
Friday, 20 June 2008

It is one of St Paul’s most spine-tingling passages. “Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

And every Sunday, when Christians say their creeds – “I believe in the resurrection of the body”, “I look for the resurrection of the dead” – they affirm this queer point of faith. When we die, we shall not say goodbye to our bodies forever. At the end of the world all of us, those dead and those still alive, will be clothed in an immortal body, which will be our own individual body, but renewed.

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resurrection and “the immense ‘radiation’ of G-dliness”

When the body will be resurrected in the times of Moshiach, the evil would have already been obliterated from this world through the immense “radiation” of G-dliness that will be revealed in this corporeal world.”

Would You Die To Live?
By Rabbi Gershon Avtzon, YLC, 6 Adar-I 5771 (10.02.2011)

While we have previously concluded that people from all previous generations will be resurrected in the future, we were left in the dark as to the fate of those still living when that G-dly time dawns upon the world.

Will all people living have to die and join the resurrection, or will they remain living, and witness the greatest phenomenon the world has ever seen.

At first glance, this question seems to be from left field. What logic could there be in requiring all living people to pass away? Why, while everyone else is coming back to life, would those who happen to be living have to expire before enjoying the utopia the Moshiach era promises?

To fully understand this concept, we need to have a discussion about the general concept of death. Why did Hashem “create” the concept of death?

The Torah (Parshas Bereishis) tells us that originally, Adam and Eve were supposed to live forever. It was only after they transgressed G-d’s will and ate for the “Tree of Knowledge” that mankind was deprived of eternal life.

Based on this narrative, death is understood as some form of punishment.

In Chassidic discourses (Sefer Maamarim Melukat Vol. 2 pg.277) death is reexamined, shedding a new light on this feared natural part of life. Death is really a blessing in disguise, they say.

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“[one-third of respondents] suppose that aliens have already visited our planet”

Wonder how representative these figures are — i.e., of, say, North Americans.

Two-thirds believe in extraterrestrial civilisation, polls shows

ČTK | 29 December 2010

Prague, Dec 28 (CTK) – Over two-thirds of Czechs or 70.7 percent believe in the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent forms of life but almost a half of them are not interested in meeting them, according to an Internet poll conducted by the SANEP agency and released to CTK.

Two-fifths of the polled are of the view that the contact with an extraterrestrial civilisation might be fatal for humankind.

Over one-third of respondents think that aliens visited the Earth in the past. More than one-fifth of the polled believe that people will meet them in the future.

However, only 37 percent expressed interest in meeting them, while 46.8 percent do not want to meet them. Almost the same share of people think that such a meeting will not occur in the next 100 years.

A total of 45.9 percent do not consider it necessary to prepare specially for a possible meeting with an extraterrestrial intelligent form of life and 40 percent fear that such a contact might be fatal for humankind.

Almost a half of the polled or 48.8 percent share the view that the future of man does not depend on space colonisation.

A total of 54.9 percent are interested in the phenomena that may have been created by advanced extraterrestrial orms of life.

However, 66.6 percent are sceptical about the statements by people who are convinced they have seen aliens or have been kidnapped by them.

Over one-third of respondents reject the possibility of previous contacts between the Earth and an extraterrestrial form of life, while almost the same share of people suppose that aliens have already visited our planet.

The poll was conducted on 9053 inhabitants of the Czech Republic aged 18-69 years on December 8-15.

“Rather than the soul vivifying the body, the body will actually vivify the soul!”

from chabad.info

Body or Soul?
Chabad Info presents our weekly series of questions and answers regarding the times of Moshiach. In this week’s edition we discuss whether after the resurrection of the dead, our bodies will stay alive forever, or our soul will later depart from the body. Read answer

Chabadworld.net   13 Tevet 5771 (20.12.2010)

Question:

After the resurrection of the dead, will our bodies stay alive forever, or will the soul later depart from the body?

Answer:

The ultimate reward will be for souls and bodies together, at the resurrection of the dead.

There is actually some debate on this issue in classical Jewish writings. Maimonides posits that after the resurrection of the dead, there will come a period when the physical body will return to dust, and the soul will be elevated to a very high spiritual state that cannot be contained in a physical body. This is also implied in the words of our sages, “In the World to Come, there will be no eating or drinking” – we will no longer have physical bodies, and thus will not need physical sustenance.

However, Maimonides’ view is a minority opinion. Nachmanides and the great Kabbalists disagree with his view (and in fact, there is some support for the opposing view in Maimonides’ own writings.) They believe that the ultimate reward will be for souls and bodies together, at the resurrection of the dead. The body will be elevated to its peak of refinement and completion, and will be a fitting vessel to contain the highest spiritual lights.

Chassidic teachings follow the view of Nachmanides. They explain in the World to Come, the physical body will be so refined that it will no longer need physical nourishment, and will be sustained by spirituality alone.

This view follows the general thrust of Chassidic teachings, which state that our purpose in this world is not to separate ourselves from physicality, but rather to live within the world and elevate it to holiness. This refinement will reach its pinnacle with the ultimate redemption, when the body will in fact reach a higher spiritual level than the soul. Rather than the soul vivifying the body, the body will actually vivify the soul!

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