The Intermediate State
Well, nothing’s happened for awhile on this board, so I thought I’d try to seed a discussion.
In my Sunday School we’ve begun discussing the intermediate state, and I was presented with a view that I hadn’t heard before — which surprised me. After awhile you think you’ve heard everything. What suprised me more is it made a bit of sense.
The idea was, there is no such thing as a disembodied soul. Nearly doing away with the traditional (Greek?) dualism that we often read into Pauline anthropology. When we die we go to be with the Lord in a “heavenly body.” Whatever that is, but definitely physical. Based partially on 1 Cor 15:
All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.
I think Paul is referring to stars and such when he says “heavenly bodies” but there were other reasons for the previously mentioned interpretation that I cannot immediately recall.
Anybody have more information on this, or comments?