"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." (King James Version)
INTERPRETATION: Of course there is life after death, according to the bible. Corinthians above states that we each have a spiritual body that is "raised" after our natural (physical) body is "sown;" meaning, sown as shown in the 7-day rabbit decomposition video below:
In John 14:2, Jesus stated, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." The mansions and place Jesus speaks about are in the spiritual dimension. Even Jesus' "I go to prepare a place for you" verse refers to work done after his physical death. Furthermore, since God is love (John 4:8), we can be sure that Jesus is preparing a corresponding place of love. And, if we have cultivated the love of God in our hearts during our lives by "being fruitful" (see topic #5-Be Fruitful), then upon our physical deaths our hearts will guide us to the mansion where God is. On the other hand, if our hearts are devoid of God's love, there is no way we can follow our heart to where God is. In that case, upon death our hearts will lead us astray in the spiritual dimension and we will be lost in a miserable, heartless spiritual realm, far away from God's love.
(*Note: String and M-theory, the scientific theory explaining the "spiritual dimension" is located as a video series at the end of this posting.)
A. Relationships between the physical world and the spiritual dimension
The bible presents varying degrees of relationships possible between our world and the "spiritual dimension," some examples are the following:
1. Saints (spirit bodies) in a "sleep" emotional state
On one hand, the bible describes some saints (spirit bodies) in a "sleep" emotional state; for example, Matt 27:51-53 states at the time of Jesus' crucifixion, "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." Surely, "saints which slept arose, and came out of the grave" is referring to a spiritual body resurrection and not literally of decayed physical bodies climbing out of their graves Hollywood style. At least, there is no historical record or other evidence of such an event occurring physically after Jesus' resurrection.
However, if the saints "arose, and came out of the grave" is to be taken literally, meaning a physical dimension event, then there is no better performing arts interpretation of "the graves were opened" and "came out of the grave" verses in Matt 27:51-53 than Michael Jackson's best selling album of all time Thriller video. Click on the picture icon below to enjoy it again:
2. Saints (spirit bodies) in an awake and active emotional state
On the other hand, the bible describes some saints (spirit bodies) in an awake and active emotional state; for example, Matthew 17:1-4 states, "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." Moses and Elias (or Elijah) were physically dead hundreds of years prior to Jesus' birth; yet, here they are speaking with Jesus and visible to his disciples!
3. Saints (spirit bodies) awake and actively completing their life's mission or calling through another living person!
Additionally, the bible describes some saints (spirit bodies) awake and actively completing their life's mission or calling through another living person! Generally, these types of relationships appear harmonious with the host, living person; and, the host person may or may not be aware of the relationship. For example, Matthew 17:10-13 states, "And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist."
The reason why the scribes told the disciples that "Elias must first come" was because of Malachi's prophecy in 4:5, which stated, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD." Elijah had disappeared in a whirlwhind hundreds of years before Jesus or John the Baptist had been born, as stated in II Kings 2:11, "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." Hence, Jesus could not be the messiah if Elijah had not returned before him in fulfillment of the prophecy above in Malachi 4:5!
Even though John the Baptist did not understand or know how or why it was happening, Jesus was resting his ministry on his claim that John was the 2nd coming of Elijah. Obviously, John did not understand as stated in John 1:19-21, "And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No."
Jesus sets the record straight that John was Elijah come again in Matthew 11:13-14 by stating, "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come." So, this is clearly an example of Elijah (spirit bodies) awake and actively completing his life's mission or calling through another living person, John the Baptist! As another example of this type of relationship between our world and the "spiritual dimension," click on the links below to watch the video of a young boy who recalled memories of a deceased soldier, as reported on ABC's Primetime:
4. Devils (spirit bodies) awake and actively completing their life's mission or calling by possessing another person!
Finally, the bible describes some devils (spirit bodies) awake and actively completing their life's mission or calling by possessing another living person! Generally, in these types of relationships the host, living person appears conflicted with the spirit body. For example, Matthew 8:28-32 states, "And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters." Clearly this is an example of devils (spirit bodies) awake and actively possessing and taking control of another living person's body! To see Hollywood's interpretation of this type of possessive relationship, click on the link icon below for a youtube clip from the movie, The Exorcist:
B. Each of us as the microcosm between the physical and spiritual dimension
Just as each of us has two complementary aspects, a visible physical body an invisible mind, the cosmos also has a visible physical world and an invisible spirit world, as expressed below:
Existing in both worlds, each of us consists of both a physical self and a spirit self, as expressed in the opening bible verse, 1 Corinthians 15:44, "...there is a natural (physical) body, and there is a spiritual body," as shown below:
The physical self consists of the physical body and a physical mind, which is similar to the mind of animals. The physical mind maintains the life of the physical body and functions as instinct. Similarly, the spirit body is the body of the spirit self and resembles the physical body, so that people are recognizable even in spirit forms. As mentioned above in Matthew 17:1-4, when Jesus met with Moses and Elijah, his disciples recognized and saw them in their spirit bodies. The spirit mind is the central part of a person's being, the source of his emotion, intellect and will. Our personality and self-awareness originate in the spirit mind. It is through our spirit mind that God is able to communicate, inspire, and guide us to perfection. After our physical bodies die, we live eternally in the spirit world.
In order to survive physically, each of us needs heat, air, light, and food and water. Likewise, to survive spiritually, our spiritual bodies need love rather than physical heat, a spiritual atmosphere of cleanliness and orderliness rather than physical air, truth rather than light, and the "vitality element" transferred to the spirit from our physical bodies based on our deeds rather than physical food and water. If we live in accordance with God's word and do good deeds, our physical bodies project energy to our spirits. This energy is the "vitality element." Because of "vitality elements," we feel joy and energy when our bodies are healthy, active, and in harmony with our spirits. On the flip side, our spirit selves project spirit elements into our physical bodies. A spirit filled with a divine ideal, hope and love imparts health and power to the physical self. People filled with these qualities often need less sleep, less food, remain healthier and generally have more energy and enthusiasm to live. While alive in the physical world, our spirits and bodies are intended to continually nourish and sustain each other, as expressed below:
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The character of our spirit self is dependent on the quality of our lives in the physical world. If a person commits evil deeds during his life, harmful "vitality elements" are transmitted to his spirit, which records all deeds like a video camera. The evil deeds are ingrained into the spirit and cause the spirit to become stunted in its growth, just as the physical body will be hurt or scarred if it is abused. The only way for a person to compensate for evil deeds is to repent and perform good deeds, redeeming the bad behaviors. If a person has wronged another, stolen property, or exploited the weak, that person will inevitably be called to rectify such matters during the course of their spiritual growth. If a person fails to do this while he is alive in the physical world, they will enter the spirit world, upon physical death, in a damaged state.
After our physical deaths, we continue to live in the spirit world at whatever level of spiritual growth we have attained during our lifetimes. No one is "sent" to heaven or hell; rather, we enter the spirit world at a level comparable to the level of spiritual growth attained on earth. We are the ones who decide our fates. God, the Messiah, and religion can only teach people how to avoid hell and show the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. Whether or not we receive the teachings of God and church is the responsibility of each individual. It is because of sin that humanity lost its original value and became spiritual refuse. Hell is the place where spiritual refuse is kept. Of course, it is a place devoid of the love of God and far away from God. It is the realm where the "heartless" settle.
Just as our physical selves are made from elements of the physical world, our spiritual selves are made from elements of the spiritual world. In a sense, humans are microcosm of both worlds. And, just as we have 5 physical senses (sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste), we also have the same 5 spiritual senses. Through our physical senses we can function in the physical world. However, because of Adam and Eve's original sin, our spiritual senses have become damaged and we are unable to fully sense the spirit world. Yet, as we return to God our spiritual senses will re-awaken. Once united with God, we will be able to exercise proper dominion over both the spiritual and physical worlds. Additionally, the spirit and physical worlds are not made to relate directly with each other, because they are in different dimensions. When our physical and spiritual selves become "fruitful" and one centered on God, the spirit and physical worlds become one through each of us. Clearly, God created us to encapsulate both worlds, to mediate between them, and to rule the universe as His representatives, as expressed graphically below:
*See Note above: Based on the latest science and technology, "String and M-theory," to understand the many mansions in the spiritual dimension that Jesus spoke about, click on the links below and watch each high quality, youtube video in sequential order. After watching each video, click the "back" button on your browser to return to this listing:
Part 2:String theory
Part 3:String theory
Part 4:String theory
Part 5:String theory
Part 6:String theory
Part 7:String theory to M-theory