the Apostle clearly explains in `1 Cor. 15:35-38`, that the
body will not be resurrected, what does he mean when he says:
"So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in
corruption, it is raised in incorruption," etc. (`1 Cor.
15:42-44`) What is meant by the expression, "it"?
What is resurrected?
<ANSWER>--We answer that "it" is the soul that
is restored or resuscitated. What was it that died? The Scripture
reply is: "The soul that shineth, it shall die." The
living, intelligent, sentient being is to be raised up by Divine
power in the time of resurrection--"when all who are in
their graves shall come forth." A phonograph with recording
cylinder, furnishes an excellent illustration of the resurrection.
The cylinder placed in the machine will have impressions formed
upon it by sounds produced by the voice or by some other means.
After the cylinder has received its full impression, it is laid
away and preserved for some years while the phonograph is destroyed.
By and by the cylinder is taken from its place and put into
a new phonograph where the original sounds are reproduced. Thus
it is with the individual. His character is formed by the impressions
received in the daily experiences of life. His body corresponds
to the machine. In course of time he dies. The body is destroyed
and the character or identity is preserved by the Lord--we know
not how nor where. In the resurrection the character (wax cylinder)
will be placed in a new body (machine) and the original thoughts,
memory, etc., will be reproduced. A fine "record"
will be placed in a high-class machine. A poor record (if not
destroyed because of worthlessness) will be placed in a lower
faithful animals such as dogs and cats be resurrected?
<ANSWER>--The matter of exterminating dogs and cats is
being agitated in some of the large cities as it is claimed
that these animals transmit disease germs and more or less endanger
the lives of the people in various other ways. Mr. A's dog may
be highly thought of in the family circle and yet be a nuisance
to Mr. B. And Mr. B's cat may be inclined to make night hideous
for Mr. A. We cannot imagine a bull pup or a rat terrier trotting
up and down the golden streets of the New Jerusalem; or some
antiquated tom cat crawling around the glittering spires of
the Holy City. Indeed, the Bible--after describing the City
and mentioning those who will be privileged to enter it--says
that "without are dogs." (`Rev. 22:15`) And St Peter
tells of "the natural brute beasts made to be taken and
destroyed." (`2 Peter 2:12`) There is nothing in the Bible
indicating the resurrection of animals.
you show from the Scriptures that there is any such thing as
a general resurrection of the dead? (S.J.R.)
<ANSWER>--The Bible is the only book in all the earth
that does teach a general resurrection of the dead. In the first
place, it sets forth that the dead are dead and not alive; and
that because they are dead a resurrection is necessary to make
them alive. If alive already, there could be no resurrection.
The Scriptures teach that the entire race was condemned to death
because of Adam's transgression. (`1 Cor. 15:21,22`; `Rom. 5:12,18,19`)
In the following Scriptures it is declared in unmistakable terms
that Jesus Christ, as the Savior of the world, died for "all,"
every man." (`1 Tim. 2:5, 6`; `Heb. 2:2,9`; `1 John 2:2`)
This last citation shows, beyond all controversy, that Christ
is the "propitiation" --satisfaction--not only for
"our sins," the Church's sins, but also for the sins
of the whole world. Because of the "ransom for all,"
the hour is coming in the which all who are in their graves
shall come forth at the voice of the Son of man (`John 5:28,29`),
the righteous to an immediate raising up to life, and the evil
to a gradual raising up (resurrection) by judgment. The Apostle
elsewhere affirms a general resurrection. (See `Acts 24:15`)
the world of mankind are awakened from the tomb, to what conditions
will the members of the race be awakened? (Cherub)
<ANSWER>--There are two resurrections mentioned in the
Scriptures: the resurrection of the just and the unjust. (`John
5:28,29`; `Acts 24:15`.) The just or righteous--the Church of
Christ gathered out from among the nations during this Christian
Era--are to experience a special resurrection. This is referred
to in the Scriptures as the "first" or chief resurrection:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection
. . . these shall be kings and priests of God and of Christ
and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (`Rev. 20:6`.)
These are to reign on the earth (`Rev. 5:10`) over the world
of mankind, who will have been awakened from the tomb by the
Lord at His second coming. The object of this reign is to resurrect,
or raise up the fallen race of humanity by judgments to a condition
of righteousness, perfection and life. When all the willing
and obedient have attained to perfect life at the conclusion
of the thousand years, they will continue to inhabit the earth
throughout eternity, for the earth will have been restored to
the Edenic conditions that prevailed when Adam was placed in
the Garden. The earth will abide forever, as God formed it to
be inhabited, and He assures us that the place of His feet shall
be made glorious. The Church will experience a resurrection
to spiritual, heavenly conditions; the world, aside from the
Church, is to be resurrected to human perfection and life.
the Bible teaches a general awakening of all who have died and
since in all probability the majority of the race of mankind
will be saved and inasmuch as they are to live upon the earth--how
will it be possible to provide the necessities of life, food,
etc., for the billions of humanity that will be on the earth
when all are resurrected--particularly in view of the fact that
with the present population of the earth-- 1,600,000,000--millions
are on the verge of want and starvation? (Anxious)
<ANSWER>--A careful and liberal estimate of the number
of all the people who have lived upon the earth from the time
of the creation of the first man down to the present would be
about 20,000,000,000. If three-fourths of these should attain
eternal life (doubtless a liberal estimate), it would signify
that 15,000,000,000 would have to be provided for. The area
of the earth's surface included within the temperate zone is
over 102,000,000 square miles. This would afford each individual
more than four and one-half acres of surface in which to rove
about. When it is reflected that the "desert is to bloom
and blossom as the rose" and the "earth is to yield
her increase," producing spontaneously the fruits and flowers
instead of the thorns, briars and weeds and that in all probability
the seas and oceans will be greatly diminished, thus increasing
the land area, it can be readily seen that it would be a simple
matter for the Creator to arrange for the bountiful provision
of the necessities of life for all mankind. A great deal of
the want and deprivation experienced by the race now is caused
by selfishness as there is sufficient produced to supply the
needs of all. In that time, selfishness will be eradicated from
the human heart.
Bible seems to infer that we will have celestial bodies. If
so, are they these human bodies cleaned and made whole, revamped
and made over? (C.T.)
<ANSWER>--The `15th Chapter of 1 Corinthians` is an inspired
treatise on the topic of the resurrection. In it the Apostle
sets forth practically every phase and point relating to this
momentous subject. He begins by giving a synopsis of the Gospel
in a few brief words: "How that Christ died for our sins...and
that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day."
He then names the witnesses to attest the fact of Christ's resurrection.
In the `11-17 verses`, he affirms and emphasizes the fact of
Christ's resurrection. The `18th verse` contains a statement
that nearly all Christian people have overlooked or misunderstood.
If Christ was not put to death and resurrected, "Then they
also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished!" "Perished"
means destroyed or annihilated. Let no one advance the absurd
idea that the Apostle was referring to the bodies of those who
had "fallen asleep," for the bodies of all perish
and disintegrate into dust. But he had reference to the individual,
the being, the soul. "The soul that sinneth it shall die."
(`Eze. 18:4`) Because Christ died for all, all are coming forth
from the tomb. What comes forth--the body? Let the Apostle answer:
"O senseless man! that which thou sowest is not made alive
except it die; and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that
body which shall be . . . so also is the resurrection . . .
it is sown a natural body, it (the soul) is raised a spiritual
body (or being). Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom
of God (therefore) we shall be changed . . . at the last trump...
the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed."
(`1 Cor. 15:35-53`)