The resurrection of the body
[This post was created from a comment (#2976) in the Prophecy and realism thread.]
I agree with you. So where we differ then, is the amount of prophecy which you and I place in the past.
I agree with you again, however, whenever someone brings into the argument the Nicene Creed (or any other creed) as support for his or her position I am greatly troubled. I mean no offense to anyone, but the Nicene Creed is not superior to Scripture, nor on equal footing with it. It is a "statement of faith" - all you can use it for is to show me what the people who wrote it believed. Nothing more, nothing less. My background is Eastern Orthodox - I respect creeds and tradition, I am with Jaroslav Pelikan when it comes to studying them and taking them to heart, but I do not worship them or consider them Truth.
Regarding the resurrection, in John 5 Jesus said: "Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."
The resurrection of the dead has never been about bodies coming out of the ground, rather it has been about bringing mankind into God’s Parousia, God’s presence. So when Paul says "But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep" (1 Cor. 15) that tells me that the resurrection is not about bodies coming to life..it’s about something better, something higher, us being with God in our spirits, because God is spirit and physical bodies coming to life to spend eternity with a spirit God makes no sense whatsoever. Jesus was the first fruit of the resurrection. Many others have been resurrected bodily before him, therefore Paul’s words are very revealing on the nature of the resurrection.
There is also apparently a nonsensical silver lining in this argument: which resurrection are you speaking of, the first, the second, a general resurrection? This is historically important in light of what happened in A.D. 70.