"The Way of G-d"
Part 1: "The Fundamental Principles of Reality"
Ch. 3: "Mankind"
Today we touch upon the recondite theme of The Resurrection of the Dead.
While many misunderstand it and many others reject it, belief in the
Resurrection of the Dead is in fact an axiom of our faith. We hope to shed
some light on it and to thus enable us all to understand the vital role it
plays in our own ultimate perfection, as well as the world's.
For we'll find that the Resurrection of the Dead not only touches upon the
resurrection of mankind-- but upon that of the world as well. Since both are
inexorably linked, as we indicated in the previous entry when we said that
when Adam and Eve erred they "did nearly irreparable damage to *themselves*
and... *to the world*".
And as we put it earlier on (in 1:2:4), "we human beings stand center-stage"
in creation, while "everything else... is secondary to us", and thus depends
on and is tightly linked to us (see this quote in context). That's why, as
Ramchal put it in "The Path of the Just" (Ch. 1) when we err, "both we and
the world are damaged"; and when we strive for G-dliness, "both we and the
world with us (are) elevated".
Ramchal goes to great pains to point out this week that neither we nor the
world could ever achieve the sort of consummate perfection due *us both*
while we're still in the current Post-Adamic state. Both we and it would need
to experience decomposition and death, then resurrection.
So before discussing the Resurrection of the Dead we'd first have to explain
decomposition and death.
Both, as Ramchal offers, are cosmic innovations. If you recall, Adam and Eve
were warned not to "eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; for
you will surely die on the day that you eat from it" (Genesis 2:17). Which is
to say that *they wouldn't have died had they not eaten from it*.
But death and decomposition-- the most frightening and threatening human
experiences-- will prove to be a couple of mere "necessary evils" in the end,
as we'll see; elements of a metaphysical "Plan B", if you will.
For what human death and decomposition is, in essence, is the process by
means of which body and soul undo their dynamic relationship *for a time*, so
that each may encounter what it alone must. And in order to allow for the
Resurrection, and the great union with G-d that will take place in that
But I get ahead of myself.
Apparently the human body must decompose in order for it to lose its
identity, and to thus no longer be a party to the eating from the Tree of
Knowledge. And the soul must leave the body in order to "restore its cells",
so to speak, in the Soul Realm (as we'll come to see).
Not only we, but the world itself has to experience death and decomposition
as a consequence of Adam and Eve's error (because of the aforementioned sure
bond between us). For the world also played a role in the eating from the
Tree of Knowledge (albeit a passive one); and it too must no longer be a
party to that act.
Once the death and decomposition of the designated number of human bodies and
the world at large comes about, a situation will arise that will allow for
the reunion of body and soul, and for the re-establishment of a new world
(which will be a sort of reunion of earth with its own "spirit"), and all
will be primed for perfection.
Only then will the aforementioned ultimate intimacy with the Creator be
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