Date: December 05, 2018 10:48PM
Christianity says that we will not be resurrected until a certain time in the future. That time has not come yet. We don't know when it will come. It may not come for a long, long time.
Somebody who died in 1518 has already been waiting 500 years for the Resurrection.
What do people do when they are waiting for the Resurrection?
Do they hang around doing nothing, not being able to experience any bodily pleasures?
Is it possible for them to find fulfillment while they are waiting? Can they experience pleasure without a body? Do they have a daily routine? Do they live in a special world set up for disembodied spirits that is very similar to our earthly world?
If these spirits find the same kind of fulfillment and pleasures that they had with bodies, why do they need to be resurrected?
Does time speed up for these spirits so they don't have to wait that long? When the Resurrection finally happens, does it seem like it happens next week? Or is time the same for them as it is for us? If time does not speed up for them, they are in a very unpleasant situation (if they cannot find fulfillment or pleasures), since they have to wait virtually forever.
Perhaps spirits lose consciousness after death, and they don't regain consciousness until the Resurrection. This would eliminate the boredom of waiting. If this is true, however, it means that much of what we have been taught about the nature of disembodied spirits is untrue. It also means that in a sense people really are "dead", without any feelings or thoughts at all, after they die. They are "dead" virtually forever. Is being dead virtually forever much different from being dead forever?