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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.
- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
Thanks for repeating this! Original Q and A's:
The term “dissolved” was last used of Christ’s dead body in the 1953 Watchtower (w53 9/1; 518). Today we do not use that term to explain how God disposed of Christ’s human body. I don’t think there is anything inaccurate in using the word since one of its definitions is “to separate into parts or elements; disintegrate. Its just that “dissolve” also has unwanted connotations such as a slower process.
Witnesses believe exactly what the Bible states and they can also draw valid conclusions from those clear statements.
First, every explicit Scripture says that Jesus was resurrected with an invisible "spirit" body and not a visible fleshly body (1Tim.6:16; Eph 1:17,18; 1Pt.3:18; 1Cor 15:42-50; Ac.13:34; 2Cor.5:16; Lk17:20; Mt.24:3-39; 25:31; Jn 6:51; Heb.2:7-9, Phil.2:7-10).
"Even Christ died once for all time concerning sins ... he being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit."
Heb. 1:3 says that Jesus is now "the exact representation of [God's] very being." God is a Spirit and has never been flesh.
Christ's own words specifically said: "The world will see me no more... (Jn 14:19).
Now we are given several facts in God’s Word from which we can draw reasonable conclusions as to what happened to Christ’s human body.
1.) The Bible says of Christ: “... concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he forsaken in Hades nor did his flesh see corruption” (Ac 2:31; Ps 16:10).
Death and corruption was the punishment for sinful humans and so was NOT appropriate for the perfect man Jesus. It Christ body was not allowed to see corruption or decompose like sinful humans then God must have disposed of it in some instantaneous manner. So it is only logical to conclude that God miraculously caused Jesus’ body to disappear without corruption by being disintegrated (dissolved) back into the elements from which all human bodies are made.
2.) Next, Jesus Christ gave his *flesh* as a ransom for us (Jn 6:51). Having given us his flesh if he ever took it back again he would nullify his sacrifice. If Christ had kept his body then there was no ransom!
According to Heb. 10:5-10 Christ's physical body was "prepared" so that it could be "offered," once and for all time. So when it had been "offered" then it had served it's purposed. Then, just as the animal sacrifices under the Law were disposed of so likewise would the body of Jesus would be disposed of (Heb. 13:10,11).
3.) Additionally, Moses foreshadowed Christ. When Moses died God took his body away (De.34:5,6). Similarly, God removed Jesus' body just as he had removed Moses' body. While Moses’ body returned to the dust by process of decay, Christ’s body could not see corruption.
We also can draw several other logical conclusions as to why God removed Christ’s body.
Removing the body also helped Jesus' disciples to understand that he had been raised from the dead. A body would hamper the belief of the disciples in the fact that Jesus had been resurrected.
The body could have made it difficult to prove that Jesus had been resurrected. Opposers of the Christians could point to the body of Jesus after he was resurrected and claim that as evidence against his resurrection.
God's disposing of the body would prevent it being used as an object of worship as is done by the apostate church with the supposed bones of "saints." Again, this was prefigured with Moses. Jude writes that the Devil desired to get the body of Moses to use it as an object of worship.
Therefore, the conclusion that God miraculously disposed of Christ’s dead human body by simply disintegrating it is a reasonable conclusion. It logically follows from the evidence found in God’s Word.
On the other hand, the teaching that Christ was raised with a physical body must break every major rule of exegesis and demand that we have an ignorance of Greek grammar, of word definitions, and of the context..
Further, such an idea must contradict EVERY *explicit* statement in the Bible regarding Christ's heavenly body.
The only way we could believe that the heavenly Christ has a body of flesh would be to rip figurative language out of context and twist it to agree with our personal theology.
"Corporeal visibility to men in the present life is a dream, altogether unsanctioned in the New Testament, and calculated from age to age to involve feeble believers in disappointment."— Glasgow; The Apocalypse, Translated and Expounded, p. 126. Edinburgh, 1872.
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- ?Lv 510 years ago
In short. Jehovah broke down jesus body into its basic atoms before it was corrupted. They say it didn't happen because they lie and say jesus needs his physical body to enter into heaven.
Only spirit beings can enter into heaven. Point blank.
It is best not to consider them. They want to fight and dispute. Call you names. These are a new group of apostates but they say and do the samething over and over. Its old boring and played out.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Only thing I could find is God done away with his body just as all body's. All bodies dissolved though, it's called decomposition.
- Lost ProphecyLv 710 years ago
I would like to know how a 19th century cult managed to go back in time to witnessed the Resurrection of Christ? From my understanding no one witnessed the Resurrection of Christ, the only testimonies of witnesses seeing Christ which were given were after His Resurrection. Another proof that Jehovah Witnesses are a man made religion, whoops excuse me I meant cult.
- crosseyedLv 610 years ago
they believe the exact opposite of what jesus himself said.
this is because they follow a false prophet.
of course, this is just another excuse for false prophecy.
russell said jesus would return in 1874. no show. so invent "invisible doctrine".
then later, change invisible date from 1874 to 1914.
since he returned invisibly, he must have resurrected invisibly. therefore, you must interpret bible to say invisible, even if christ specifically denies it.
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- KimberlyLv 410 years ago
Nice icon. I like that. =)
Let's go to the source shall we?
JESUS’ FLESHLY BODY DISSOLVED
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...
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.
JESUS RESURRECTED WITH SPIRIT ORGANISM
The resurrected Jesus was given a spirit body: “He being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit.” (1 Pet. 3:18, NW) “Whom not one of men has seen or can see.” (1 Tim. 6:16, NW) Paul merely caught a glimpse of the glory of Jesus’ spirit body and was blinded. (1 Cor. 15:8; Acts 9:17, 18) At the resurrection of his faithful followers in whom God has cultivated heavenly hopes they will be given, not fleshly, but glorious spirit bodies. We all know what a fleshly body is like. But John says: “Beloved ones, now we are children of God, but as yet it has not been made manifest what we shall be. We do know that whenever he is made manifest we shall be like him, because we shall see him just as he is.”—1 John 3:2, NW.
When Jesus was on earth he was said to be “lower than the angels”. Man is lower than angels. Certainly one who is in the flesh is lower than one who is in the spirit. God often contrasts flesh and spirit. (Ps. 8:4, 5; Heb. 2:9; Isa. 31:3) Could you believe that Jesus Christ, the majestic King of the new world, made higher than all other creation, would remain in a body of flesh? He would be inferior to a spirit and far too limited to accomplish the marvelous things required of such King, among them the destroying of the mighty spirit person Satan the Devil.
A human body requires earthly elements for its continued existence. It is made for the earth and must subsist upon the things produced from the earth. (1 Cor. 15:40, 47; Isa. 45:12, 18) God does not violate his own laws that he has established to govern natural things. Therefore he would not take a human body out of its proper habitation and transfer it to the heavens, the realm of spirit persons.
HIS POST-RESURRECTION APPEARANCES
What about the bodies in which Jesus appeared after his resurrection? He manifested himself on one occasion in a body that had wounds into which Thomas was able to place his hands to prove that Jesus was the same person, resurrected, whom Thomas had known as the Master. But if Jesus took his human body to heaven to keep these wounds forever, this would be contrary to God’s laws governing fleshly bodies and their ability to repair themselves. Moreover, if Jesus sacrificed his human body for the life of the world and then took it back, retaining it for himself, he could not offer such merit before God in behalf of others. The ransom would be taken back, leaving mankind still in their sins.
So these bodies that Jesus appeared in after his resurrection were materialized bodies. Similar instances occurred in ancient times, such as when the three men visited and ate with Abraham, and those appearing to Lot, in each case being angels who materialized in the form of men. Jesus’ materialized bodies were signs, evidences to eyewitnesses proving he had been resurrected according to the promise of Jehovah God.—Gen. 18:1-22; 19:1-16; John 20:29-31.
The proofs that these were bodies materialized for the occasion are many. Mary, when she first saw Jesus after his resurrection, did not recognize him, thinking that he must be the gardener. On the road to Emmaus, he was recognized by his manners and actions, not by his facial features. (John 20:14-16; Luke 24:13-32; Mark 16:12) When he materialized a body with wound marks to convince the doubtful Thomas, Jesus appeared in a room with locked doors. (John 20:26-28) This shows that he could materialize and dematerialize a body instantaneously. Scientists claim the ability to make material substance out of pure energy. How easy for the power of the resurrected Jesus, then, to materialize a body!...
(So in summary, Jesus' fleshly body was not permitted to decompose by natural means,...it was dissolved or disintegrated in whatever manner God chose to do so in order that it would not decay and see "corruption" the way other dead bodies do as the flesh breaks down and rots...Jesus then appeared to his apostles & disciples in *materialized* bodies, during that 40-day period prior to his *final acsension* to Heaven).Source(s): excerpt taken from: (pgs 518-519 of the 9/1/53 Watchtower) FYI - I intentionally chose an older article to show that the explanation to this question was just as clear and understandable decades ago in the Watchtower magazine, as it is today in recent publications.
- Holden CaulfieldLv 610 years ago
brainwashing -_- so sad
- 10 years ago
How the **** would they now they werent there!