One of the dogmas of Christian theology is that because of “sin,” humankind has had to endure suffering, disease, misfortune and finally death.
However, this situation will be remedied during the “end days” when the Lord will return to earth to defeat the forces of evil so that all humans of good faith will have their immortal souls reunited with brand new incorruptible physical bodies. Such resurrected humans will live happily ever after through eternity!
An incorruptible body does not ensure beauty in women or handsomeness in men. Will women all have the same breast size or will there be inequities? Will men notice inequities among themselves as well? Will elective surgery be available upon request (just to “fine-tune” our eternal happiness)?
Will people all be the same age? What if you would prefer to look a little older or a little younger? Perhaps you would prefer to be a “tad” more slender or to be a little more muscular. Will old people get younger bodies and children get older bodies? What if you’d prefer to be a blond? Or, will we be forever thankful that death no longer haunts us?
To keep life interesting, and the brain sharp, will we be given meaningful challenges with the possibility of failure? Or will everyone succeed at everything they do? Failure of any kind would certainly threaten one’s self-esteem, which is cosmically “unfair.”
How will we preserve our unique individuality and first-person phenomenal experience if the things that make us different from each other are taken away in the name of fairness and justice?
Something seems odd about eternal life in a physical body that remains in time and space. Something seems odd about a physical world operating under new laws of physics and thermodynamics (otherwise eternal life in a physical realm would be impossible). Furthermore, can cosmic justice be attained simply by God’s creating “worldly” equalities for all humans?
What about animals?
Certainly, species extinction over millions of years of “evolution” is too high a price to pay for one single species to benefit from God’s goodness, grace and mercy. But all animals are designed for different survival strategies. It makes no sense that speciation could have any meaning in a world where all animals will lose their “wildness” and stop eating each other.
Humans cannot become immune to the hazards of the physical world or the tyranny of time in any kind of physical body. New insights and revelations are needed to understand the future world of humankind rationally. My upcoming book, Proving God, tackles the issue of eternal life from both theological and scientific perspectives. Several “advance reading copies” have already been sent to serious book reviewers. It will be available to the general public in Spring 2010.
I hope you will stay tuned.