I just love this. I think all true believers have a story with some resemblance to this one.
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.