ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

“[Celibacy] relate[s] to the resurrection of the dead; they are signs of eternity, of incorruptibility, of life.”

I’ve never seen an argument for the value of celibacy based on the way in which it signifies the resurrection and the kingdom of God. Interesting.

Life in the Resurrection and the Kingdom of God
Father Thomas Rosica

[…]

Marriage has as its natural end the procreation of children, it assures the continuance of the human race and the creation of new beings, since human beings are destined to die and need to leave successors. How many times did the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II tell us, “The future of humanity passes through the family.”

Consecrated celibacy and chastity are signs of the resurrection and of the Kingdom of God which is drawing near, for in the resurrection and the kingdom there will be neither marrying nor giving in marriage. Celibacy and chastity in the Church draw attention to the new order of the Gospel. They relate to the resurrection of the dead; they are signs of eternity, of incorruptibility, of life. [emphasis mine]

[…]

In the biblical stories of the Old Testament, when God wanted to make a certain truth vividly known and visible to his people, he often chose a prophet and commanded him to act out that truth, to embody it concretely. For example, God told Hosea to marry the unfaithful Gomer in order to sacramentalize God’s fidelity to wavering and sinful Israel. Thus, the truth of the non-ultimacy of sex, family and worldly relationship can and should be proclaimed through words, but it will be believed only when people can see it in flesh and blood. [emphasis mine]

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