December 14, 2015

Moltmann on the Immortal Soul vs. Bodily Resurrection

The immortality of the soul is an opinion - the resurrection of the dead is a hope. The first is a trust in something immortal in the human being, the second a trust in the God who calls into being the things that are not, and makes the dead live. In trust in the immortal soul we accept death, and in a sense anticipate it. In trust in the life-creating God we await the conquest of death - 'death is swallowed up in victory' (I Cor. 15.54) - and an eternal life in which 'death shall be no more' (Rev. 21.4). The immortal soul may welcome death as a friend, because death releases it from the earthly body; but for the resurrection hope, death is 'the last enemy' (I Cor. 15.26) of the living God and the creations of his love (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996, 65-66).
In short, the immortality of the soul is not a Christian doctrine. Resurrection of the body is. 

2 comments:

Joshua Dean said...

Amen & Amen.

-Josh Dean

Stephen said...

Well said, life is the most beautiful thing that any human being would like to concentrate on.But no one achieved in their way to discover the secret on How to become immortal , and it is merely impossible to achieve immortality.