March 14, 2021

Thoughts on Death & Dying by George M. Docherty ("I've Seen the Day," pp. 302-303)


To speculate about life after death from our human experience usually results in a gross spiritualization of that life and a basic misunderstanding of what the New Testament tells us about resurrection.  Resurrection is not the rejuvenation of these frail bodies of ours into a far better life lived anew in terms of earthly experience in which everything that is unjust will be justified and the good and the true and the beautiful will abide forever.

Resurrection is the abolition of both death and life as we humans understand it in the "here and now." Life beyond the grave is a "wholly other" dimension beyond the profoundest metaphysical speculation of the theologians.  . . . .

This we do know: we shall behold Jesus not as through a dim bronze mirror, but face to face; and the loves of this earth will no longer be severed by death, but be made perfect and fulfilled.  . . . .

Then there is not merely death, but the dying.  Ah! there's the rub . . . .