Proof of Heaven - Fact Other editions. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. To assume that we know all and have seen all is folly. Much of what we take for granted today would have been considered magical or heretical only years ago.
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Nook , 0 pages. Published June 29th by Thomas Edson first published June 27th More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Alcmene , Castor , Heracles , and Melicertes , were also among the figures sometimes considered to have been resurrected to physical immortality. According to Herodotus 's Histories , the seventh century BC sage Aristeas of Proconnesus was first found dead, after which his body disappeared from a locked room.
Later he found not only to have been resurrected but to have gained immortality. Many other figures, like a great part of those who fought in the Trojan and Theban wars, Menelaus , and the historical pugilist Cleomedes of Astupalaea, were also believed to have been made physically immortal, but without having died in the first place. Indeed, in Greek religion, immortality originally always included an eternal union of body and soul. The philosophical idea of an immortal soul was a later invention, which, although influential, never had a breakthrough in the Greek world.
As may be witnessed even into the Christian era , not least by the complaints of various philosophers over popular beliefs, traditional Greek believers maintained the conviction that certain individuals were resurrected from the dead and made physically immortal and that for the rest of us, we could only look forward to an existence as disembodied and dead souls. Greek philosophers generally denied this traditional religious belief in physical immortality. Writing his Lives of Illustrious Men Parallel Lives in the first century, the Middle Platonic philosopher Plutarch in his chapter on Romulus gave an account of the mysterious disappearance and subsequent deification of this first king of Rome, comparing it to traditional Greek beliefs such as the resurrection and physical immortalization of Alcmene and Aristeas the Proconnesian , "for they say Aristeas died in a fuller's work-shop, and his friends coming to look for him, found his body vanished; and that some presently after, coming from abroad, said they met him traveling towards Croton".
Plutarch openly scorned such beliefs held in traditional ancient Greek religion, writing, "many such improbabilities do your fabulous writers relate, deifying creatures naturally mortal. Alcestis undergoes resurrection over a three-day period of time,  but without achieving immortality. The parallel between these traditional beliefs and the later resurrection of Jesus was not lost on the early Christians, as Justin Martyr argued: "when we say Jesus Christ, our teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propose nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you consider sons of Zeus.
There is, however, no belief in a general resurrection in ancient Greek religion, as the Greeks held that not even the gods were able to recreate flesh that had been lost to decay, fire or consumption. Greeks according apparently found the notion of a general resurrection of the dead quite preposterous. This is made clear in Paul 's Areopagus discourse. After having first told about the resurrection of Jesus, which makes the Athenians interested to hear more, Paul goes on, relating how this event relates to a general resurrection of the dead:.
During the period of the Second Temple , there developed a diversity of beliefs concerning the resurrection. The concept of resurrection of the physical body is found in 2 Maccabees , according to which it will happen through recreation of the flesh. According to the British scholar in ancient Judaism Philip R. The New Testament claims that the Pharisees believed in the resurrection, but does not specify whether this included the flesh or not.
According to Herbert C. Brichto, writing in Reform Judaism's Hebrew Union College Annual , the family tomb is the central concept in understanding biblical views of the afterlife. Brichto states that it is "not mere sentimental respect for the physical remains that is According to Brichto, the early Israelites apparently believed that the graves of family, or tribe, united into one, and that this unified collectivity is to what the Biblical Hebrew term Sheol refers, the common Grave of humans.
Although not well defined in the Tanakh, Sheol in this view was a subterranean underworld where the souls of the dead went after the body died. The Babylonians had a similar underworld called Aralu , and the Greeks had one known as Hades. For biblical references to Sheol see Genesis , Isaiah , Psalm , Daniel , Proverbs and Job ,22, and , among others. According to Brichto, other Biblical names for Sheol were: Abaddon ruin , found in Psalm , Job and Proverbs ; Bor the pit , found in Isaiah , , Ezekiel ; and Shakhat corruption , found in Isaiah , Ezekiel In Christianity , resurrection most critically concerns the resurrection of Jesus , but also includes the resurrection of Judgment Day known as the resurrection of the dead by those Christians who subscribe to the Nicene Creed which is the majority or Mainstream Christianity , as well as the resurrection miracles done by Jesus and the prophets of the Old Testament see Judaism and Samaritanism below.
Christians regard the resurrection of Jesus as the central doctrine in Christianity. According to Paul, the entire Christian faith hinges upon the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus and the hope for a life after death. The Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians:. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
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But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. During the Ministry of Jesus on earth, before his death, Jesus commissioned his Twelve Apostles to, among other things, raise the dead. These resurrections included the daughter of Jairus shortly after death, a young man in the midst of his own funeral procession, and Lazarus , who had been buried for four days. According to the Gospel of Matthew , after Jesus's resurrection, many of those previously dead came out of their tombs and entered Jerusalem , where they appeared to many.
Similar resurrections are credited to the apostles and Catholic saints. In the Acts of the Apostles , Saint Peter raised a woman named Dorcas also called Tabitha , and Paul the Apostle revived a man named Eutychus who had fallen asleep and fell from a window to his death. Following the Apostolic Age , many saints were said to resurrect the dead, as recorded in Orthodox Christian hagiographies. Christianity started as a religious movement within 1st-century Judaism late Second Temple Judaism , and it retains what the New Testament itself claims was the Pharisaic belief in the afterlife and Resurrection of the Dead.
Whereas this belief was only one of many beliefs held about the World to Come in Second Temple Judaism, and was notably rejected by both the Sadducees and, according to Josephus , the Pharisees , this belief became dominant within Early Christianity and already in the Gospels of Luke and John included an insistence on the resurrection of the flesh. Most modern Christian churches continue to uphold the belief that there will be a final resurrection of the dead and World to Come , perhaps as prophesied by the Apostle Paul when he said: " Belief in the resurrection of the dead, and Jesus' role as judge, is codified in the Apostles' Creed , which is the fundamental creed of Christian baptismal faith.
The Book of Revelation also makes many references about the Day of Judgment when the dead will be raised. In Platonic philosophy and other Greek philosophical thought, at death the soul was said to leave the inferior body behind. The idea that Jesus was resurrected spiritually rather than physically even gained popularity among some Christian teachers, whom the author of 1 John declared to be antichrists.
Similar beliefs appeared in the early church as Gnosticism. However, in Luke , the resurrected Jesus expressly states "behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have. There are folklore, stories, and extractions from certain holy texts that refer to resurrections.
One major folklore is that of Savitri saving her husband's life from Yamraj. In the Ramayana, after Ravana was slayed by Rama in a great battle between good and evil, Rama requests the king of Gods, Indra, to restore the lives of all the monkeys who died in the great battle. The Qur'an emphasizes bodily resurrection , a break from the pre-Islamic Arabian understanding of death.
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There are stories in Buddhism where the power of resurrection was allegedly demonstrated in Chan or Zen tradition. One is the legend of Bodhidharma , the Indian master who brought the Ekayana school of India to China that subsequently became Chan Buddhism.
The other is the passing of Chinese Chan master Puhua J. Puhua was known for his unusual behavior and teaching style so it is no wonder that he is associated with an event that breaks the usual prohibition on displaying such powers. Everybody offered him one, but he did not want any of them.
The master [Linji] made the superior buy a coffin, and when Fuke returned, said to him: "There, I had this robe made for you.
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