@Totti and @BoltzmannBrain:
Am I understanding you two rightly? Where did all this angst come from?
Based on the kind of ramifications you two are bending around … there are less than a dozen Biblical people who are still the same ones… .maybe Way less than a dozen:
Enoch, who walked with God and God took him.
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Elijah - who went up in a whirlwind.
2Ki 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
Jesus - who went up into heaven.
Luk 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Some people want to say Moses … but there’s not much warrant for this:
So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
So… now let’s deal with all the rest of humanity:
@Totti, are you telling me you think the millions of corpses left all over this Earth are any different from the millions of cremated persons? Do you think the degenerated corpses are any more effective at supporting your personality than a cup of ashes? I shall assume you are going to say no. Both the bodies that have turned to dust are just as useless as the bodies that were turned to ashes in cremation.
So… what does that leave you with?
God is going to re-wire your whole body, like a light bulb, so that the light of your personality can be switched back on…
God has preserved your personality in a non-material envelope called a “soul”.
These are your only two choices. I think either one of them is going to work out fine.
Do you remember the Swartzenegger movie (with Robert Duval!), The 6th Day
In this movie, Swartzenegger’s helicopter pilot character is “duplicated” as a clone, with fairly plausible and realistic outcomes. In a perfect clone, the clone is going to think he is the real person. Wouldn’t you agree?
This all gets complicated in the movie because we start seeing multiple clones of people that still have the original (or the more original) still alive.
But if you think you need your body, and God re-builds your body… just once… and not a bunch of times… doesn’t that pretty much cover your concerns?
Frankly, I prefer the Essene view of the soul, where the soul can transmigrate and enjoy himself singing hymns to God, all the while waiting for the End of Days and the General Resurrection.
For me, the soul is installed into the human body like a “Cosmic ziplock bag of Spirit”… and when you die, the body deteriorates, but your Cosmic Ziplock Bag moves on. What happens next would depend on whether you insist that God has to make a new physical body for you … or a new “non-physical” body (whatever that might be). I think the Cosmic Baggy is your body. But you can differ on that point.
I do not think the Physical interpretation of a person is a very useful notion … but i could “live with it” - - if that’s what it turns out to be! [< Hey… funny play on words, yes???]