I love this!!!
Due to the month of run-up to the Oscars on Turner Classic Movies, I have just viewed (binge watched) 29 movies since the beginning of February. It is not always possible to get so many Oscar-nominated movies so easily within the same month, so my husband and I have taken full advantage of that on TCM, and plan to do that every year from now on.
I just saw “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” for the first time–it reminded me of a handful of similar movies like “Ghost” and “Somewhere in Time.” Also, “Berkeley Square,” another oldie which I saw earlier this month.
Beautifully romantic, these movies perfectly portray the Greek philosophical teaching about the nature of the afterlife, as two disembodied spirits spend eternity together (or borrow bodies to be together again on earth, as “Ghost” portrayed).
Beautiful and romantic but not in line with Christian teaching.
You see, we will live again in these bodies. The bodily resurrection was taught in Judaism all the way back to the book of Job (possibly the oldest book of the Old Testament).
So disembodied spirits will not wander the empty spaces eternally, enjoying the sharing of ideas together. Our real, resurrected bodies will be able to touch each other again.
They will be glorified bodies, but our own bodies nonetheless. This is consistently taught throughout Scripture. It is only because we have listened more to the Greeks than to the Jews that we don’t get that.
Our faith came from Judaism. We would do well to read their Scriptures/our Old Testament.
Yes, Jesus did say there will be no marriage in the afterlife. He gave the example of five brothers all marrying the same widow (the first one married her when she was a maiden).
In some wise way that is beyond our understanding, the marital relationships many of us need to have now will not be needed in eternity.
It is not just that God could not figure out which brother gets the widow. That was the dilemma presented to man to make him think. God could have figured out a way to deal with widows, had He seen that it was best for us to have marriage in the afterlife.
So, by faith, we hear that He does not have couples as part of His plan for eternity, but He does have the marriage of Christ to His bride, the church.
Oh, great mystery!
I am sure when it is revealed to us, it will be so wonderful and wise we won’t even be able to describe its splendor.
We will dwell with Christ, who is already in a glorified body, in our glorified bodies.
My perfect Valentine’s Day has downsized over the years. It had to do that, because I have been married to a frugal guy for almost 25 years and . . . when we marry someone, we inevitably change each other. That seems to be one of the reasons God instituted marriage in the first place–to smooth off the rough edges.
I started my Valentine’s Day at 2:45 AM. I had intentionally set my alarm, going to bed at 10 PM so that I could get up and watch “Woman of the Year” with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy on Turner Classic Movies.
They did not disappoint me! I love that pair. Sad that their relationship never was based on the sound marriages they portrayed in their films, but their onscreen pairing certainly made a strong case for enduring marriage (and for forgiveness within marriage).
In “Woman of the Year,” Ms. Hepburn is portrayed as more the selfish, unreasonable partner who needs to change.
In “Adam’s Rib,” which I saw again earlier this week, Mr. Tracy is more the selfish partner who changes by the end of the film.
So they balance!
As do Noel and I. Two imperfect people, bonded by Christ’s love as well as romantic love.
After the movie was over, I crept back up to bed, only to find my husband already awake. He had fallen asleep in his recliner early last night while I was at Bible Study. He was slowly waking up for the day.
We lay there, talking for almost an hour before I drowsed back off to sleep and he got up.
What a precious time. I always think of the early morning quiet and darkness as velvety and intimate, not frightening like darkness can be at midnight when you are rushing a child to the emergency room or when you are lost on the road somewhere.
Such a good time to share your hearts in ways that belong just to the two of you, never to be shared on a blog.
This morning, when I finally got up, I scrambled us egg whites and served them with leftover blueberry scones I made for our meal at Bible study last night. It was a good enough treat. We don’t need heartshaped donuts!
Tomorrow night we will attend a Valentine’s party at the home of friends.
And, with that, I am content, having found a place to belong in a world that sometimes seems frighteningly random.