“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:42a, 44).
Popular cultural thought, best-selling accounts of near-death-experiences, and even a movie would have us believe that the afterlife is some disembodied, vaporous, gaseous, existence; that the life to come is akin to a bird escaping from its cage; that the soul is finally freed from the body. This is but a perpetuation of Greek philosophy; Platonic thought and, worse still, heretical Gnostic dualism that views all matter as evil and only the spirit as good. Paul’s corrective teaching is that resurrection we anticipate is a bodily resurrection; a body fit for eternity.