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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about Jesus' body being 'dissolved' before he was resurrected as a spirit?

I just want to hear JWs themselves discuss this since many anti-JWs make a big deal about it.

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    Jimspace is correct that we have used the term "dissolved" before, but that this term might be misunderstood today. And apostates and opposers tend to intentionally misapply the meaning of the term as used in The Watchtower article.

    The Watchtower article clearly goes on to explain what it is talking about: "It was disposed of by Jehovah God, dissolved into its constituent elements or atoms....Jesus was the antitype foreshadowed by Moses, the great mediator and leader of the congregation of Israel. God himself disposed of Moses’ body by burial, and “no man knoweth of his sepulchre”. (Deut. 34:5, 6)... God caused Jesus’ body to disappear, but not corrupt, meaning that it was dissolved, disintegrated back into the elements from which all human bodies are made.—John 20:1-13."

    In other words, the body underwent the normal process of death up to a point, but, in harmony with prophecy, was not allowed to corrupt or decay. God disposed of it in a manner consistent with His will. Today, we might describe that differently than the 1953 Watchtower article, but there is nothing unusual in its meaning.

    Clearly, Jesus could not have been resurrected in the same body that he died in, because that body was given over in sacrifice for our sins. At the "Lord's Supper" Jesus himself said of the bread that "this is my body, given for you." (Luke 22:19)

    And at Hebrews 10:10 we read "And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (New International Version)

    If Jesus took back that body, which was sacrificed for our sins, we have no sacrifice for sins, we are still in sin, and have no hope of everlasting life. Either he gave that body up, or he didn't. It can't be both ways.

    Of apostates, the Scriptures say that "their minds are sick" and "they have wicked minds." (1 Timothy 6:4,5, Contemporary English Version) It is no wonder that they are reduced to grasping at mere straws.

    Source(s): Common sense
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    The importance of this topic is relatively low, I believe. I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

    But, for your information, I found this part of the Insight Book under "Body":

    "After Jesus’ resurrection he appeared in different bodies. Mary mistook him for the gardener. (Joh 20:14, 15) He again appeared, entering a room with locked doors, having a body with wound marks. (Joh 20:24-29) Several times he manifested himself and was recognized, not by his appearance, but by his words and actions. (Lu 24:15, 16, 30, 31, 36-45; Mt 28:16-18) Once a miracle performed at his direction opened his disciples’ eyes to his identity. (Joh 21:4-7, 12) Jesus, having been resurrected as a spirit (1Pe 3:18), could materialize a body for the occasion as the angels did in past times, when they appeared as messengers. (Ge 18:2; 19:1, 12; Jos 5:13, 14; Jg 13:3, 6; Heb 13:2) During the days before the Flood, the angels that “did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place” performed an incarnation and married human wives. That these angelic sons of God were not truly human but had materialized bodies is shown by the fact that the Flood did not destroy these angels, but they dematerialized and returned to the spirit realm.—Jude 6; Ge 6:4; 1Pe 3:19, 20; 2Pe 2:4."

    Source(s): Insight on the Scriptures Volume I "Body"
  • 10 years ago

    The September 1st, 1953 Watchtower says, "Moses’ body returned to the dust by process of decay, as all human bodies do, but not so in Jesus’ case, for it is written: “For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol; neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption.” (Ps. 16:10, AS; Acts 2:31) So God caused Jesus’ body to disappear, but not corrupt, meaning that it was dissolved, disintegrated back into the elements from which all human bodies are made.—John 20:1-13."

    Whether the word dissolved or some other word is used what difference does it make? The point is that it was foretold that Jesus' body would not see corruption. Also, it seems obvious that if his body was left behind after he was raised as a spirit there would have been plenty of folks who would claim that he was not resurrected based on the false assumption that he could not have been since his body was still there [not understanding that he was raised as a spirit].

    "flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom" - 1 Corinthians 15:50

    I don't think there is any reason to ridicule anyone over their failure to understand our position on this matter.

    Source(s): Also a JW for more than 50 years and I have heard the word 'dissolved' used in this regard.
  • Mindy
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    LoL @ "dissolved"! :-D

    What, do the apostates and opposers think we believe that what happened to Jesus' physical body is comparable to what happens to alka-seltzer in water?!

    LoL!!! Where do they come up with this stuff? What will they think of next?!

    The Bible blatantly states at 1 Corinthians 15:45 and 1 Peter 3:18 that upon his resurrection Jesus BECAME A SPIRIT. The human body which Jesus gave up in sacrifice was miraculously done away with by God Almighty.

    Referring to the resurrected Jesus Christ, Acts 10:40, 41 says: “God raised this One [Jesus Christ] up on the third day and granted him to become manifest, not to all the people, but to witnesses appointed beforehand by God.”

    Why did not others see him too? Because he was raised as A SPIRIT BEING and when, as angels (also spirit beings) had done in the past, he materialized fleshly bodies to make himself visible to his disciples, again, he did so ONLY in the presence of his disciples, not to all the people.

    Many of the apostates and opposers try to no avail to somehow use Jesus' words at Luke 24:36-39 in a effort to justify their belief that Jesus was resurrected as a human being (in the flesh) in the same body that he gave up in sacrifice for imperfect mankind, however, they don't take into account that humans CANNOT see spirits in their natural spirit form, so the disciples evidently thought they were seeing an apparition or a vision (Compare Jesus' words at Mark 6:49, 50.).

    Jesus assured his disciples that he was no apparition; they could see his body of flesh and could touch him, feeling the bones; he also ate in their presence. Similarly, in the past, angels (spirit beings) had materialized in order to be seen by men; they had eaten, and some had even married and fathered children (Genesis 6:4; 19:1-3). However, they only appeared to be human, but were not truly human beings at all... The same exact thing goes for Jesus Christ after his resurrection.

    Following his resurrection, Jesus did not always appear in the same body of flesh (perhaps to REINFORCE in their minds the fact that he was THEN a spirit), and so he was not immediately recognized even by his close associates (John 20:14, 15; 21:4-7).

    However, by his repeatedly appearing to them in materialized bodies and then saying and doing things that they would identify with the Jesus they knew, he strengthened their faith in the fact that he truly had been resurrected from the dead.

    If the disciples had actually seen Jesus in the body that he now has in heaven, the apostle Paul WOULD NOT later have referred to the glorified Christ as being “the exact representation of [God’s] very being,” because God IS A SPIRIT and has NEVER been in the flesh.— John 1:18, 4:24; Hebrews 1:3; compare 1 Timothy 6:16.

    Then again, most of the apostates and opposers erroneously believe that Jesus IS God Almighty so it's no wonder as to how they can botch up his resurrection to contradict what is stated in scripture. God almighty resurrected Jesus Christ as a powerful spirit being with a spirit body as he had BEFORE he came to Earth except that because of his obedience God granted him immortality and gave him much more authority than he had before he came to Earth.

    Those silly apostates, when will they learn that Trix are for kids? :-P

    Ciao and agape brother!

  • Linda
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    I was baptized in 1964 and have never heard any discussion of Jesus' body dissolving. Why is it so difficult to believe that God who created the universe could not find a way to resurrect Jesus or anyone else if He wanted to. What is the big problem over it? At this time we should be focusing on how to please God so we can survive Armageddon.l

    Source(s): JW
  • 10 years ago

    How can all these JWs deny what was already printed in the Watchtower???

    Watchtower 1953 9/1 p.518


    What happened to the perfect fleshly body of Jesus after his death? Was it preserved so that in time men will look upon it in worship? or does Jesus still have this fleshly body in the heavens, “spiritualized” so that it can be seen and worshiped? Neither. The Scriptures answer: It was disposed of by Jehovah God, dissolved into its constituent elements or atoms."

    (1976 book) Holy Spirit Active in the Invisible Heavenly Realm ch.2/p.19

    "8 After conversing with those amazed disciples, the resurrected Jesus vanished. He dematerialized or dissolved that clothed human body. He did not take that body and its clothing into the spirit realm with him. Had it been possible to do so, it would mean that a spirit person in heaven does have flesh and bones, at least in the case of the glorified Jesus Christ.—1 Corinthians 15:50."

    Perhaps this Watchtower teaching is too hard for JWs to swallow or grasp, but if this is too hard to believe, then either they must submit to the words and authority of the Governing Body leadership or run out and never look back!

  • 10 years ago

    I have been one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 50 years, and I have never heard that we believe that Jesus' body DISSOLVED.

    So I cannot imagine where those who are "against our beliefs" would come up with such a thing to question or "make a big deal about".

    What we do believe is that the fleshly body was removed miraculously from the tomb (perhaps using angels) before the body began to see corruption. This would be in line with Acts 2:31 where it says -

    "that neither was he forsaken in Hades (hell) nor did his flesh see corruption (or decay)."

    There may be a more detailed answer given if I understood the definition and the context of DISSOLVED.

    Source(s): One of Jehovah's Witnesses
  • 10 years ago

    Jesus Christ's body did not dissolve. When He was resurrected, He was resurrected not only in spirit, but in body, too. Have you ever heard or read the story of Saint Thomas; who is also know as Doubting Thomas? You can read that story in the 4th Gospel.....the Gospel of John chapter 20- verses 24 through 31. I hope that while checking this out, that you will also notice how many witnesses there were to Jesus Christ's resurrection.

    Source(s): The book of John chapters 19 and 20.
  • 10 years ago

    They believe that the Christs body was probably removed by God, using Angels. Much like the missing Ark of the Covenant and the body of Moses upon his death. It's not a good idea for a God who doesn't like visible Icons to leave weak minded people something so sacred they would later venerate it, instead of him.

  • 10 years ago

    Need to check that more but Jehovah will make sure that certain things are not left around for man

    to worship or sell like famous bodies. (The Catholic Church has bodies and parts above ground of

    the Saints for their rituals-disgusting non-Christian activity).

    The Ark is either hidden or destroyed. And same for Noah's Ark (boat)

    Source(s): WT and AW magazines and the History Channel
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