An article revealing that a resurrection following our death, identical to that of Jesus the Christ's Resurrection, is possible for us, and detailing the necessary steps.
By Cristo Rey
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What is a resurrection? Is a resurrection possible? What was the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ? Are we capable of resurrecting ourselves from death? What are the implications?
The purpose of this article is to attempt to answer these questions by a consideration of the scientific, and biblical views on these subjects. Jesus the Christ taught that both resurrection from a biological death, and eternal life during this existence were possible, and a real certainty if we lived a life as He urged and taught us to live it. As eternal life and resurrection from death are two separate and different concepts, this author will confine the present article to the subject of resurrection, and reserve the other concept for separate treatment.
What is a resurrection?
A resurrection is a self-evident, self-defining concept, and it means the return of the "living state" after its cessation, or the return to this existence after our death.
To be sure, there are very strict conditions to the practical manifestation of a natural resurrection following the death of any human being. The structure or body of the dead individual must be intact, and the vital organs (brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver) must also be intact.
A resurrection would only entail the re-establishment of the vital force which normally renders us alive, and which is lost during death. Should our limbs be fractured or amputated while dead, we could not walk nor use our arms following the resurrection (Jn 19:33, 36). Obviously, if our brains are irreversibly structurally or functionally damaged in the process of dying or while dead, then a resurrection would not be possible.
Had Jesus the Christ had His brain crushed and physically destroyed after His death (Jn 19:36), His self-induced Resurrection would not have been possible.
For an effective and perfect resurrection, the brain is the most important organ, as it is the VERY SOURCE of the vital force needed to trigger the resurrection.
An effective and perfect resurrection will re-establish us completely to the living state as it was just before our death, nothing having been lost or added to our existence . . . only a new lease on life.
Again, to be sure and clear, any structural or functional damage we incurred just prior or during the death, would still be present after the resurrection (Jn 20:27).
A resurrection entails only the return to our living state, not the repair of any damage incurred in the process of dying. The cause of the death, then, must not be terminally destructive of the brain or the other vital organs necessary for a normal existence.
The irreversible structural or functional destruction of our brain in the process of dying would render our death irreversible and permanent, with no resurrection possible. We would require the appropriate medical attention for any reversible damage our bodies or organs might have incurred in the process of dying, or while dead, to completely regain our health and well-being following the resurrection.
Is a resurrection possible?
Jesus the Christ repeatedly and forcefully announced (Mt 19:29, Mk 10:30, Mt 18:30, Jn 5:24) something which is very important for us. He forcefully asserted that guided by His teachings, we could attain both an eternal life in this existence and a resurrection (Jn 5:29, Jn 11:25) from our death should it occur.
Obviously, He had attained a knowledge, or had come into possession of a knowledge that would guarantee for us, not just the remission of our sins, a successful and a prosperous eternal life in a very real sense, but also a resurrection from our death should it occur. He asserted that all of these were possible, and a real certainty if we lived a life as He urged and taught us to live it.
Scientific findings already achieved lead to the unavoidable conclusion that the very assertive messages of Jesus the Christ on this subject were both credible and very important for us.
To obtain the benefits of a freely attainable eternal life in this existence, and of resurrection, the most important requirement is the acceptance of Jesus the Christ as the only known authority on the subject of the behavioral (Mt 5:1-48) requirements to their achievement.
He stressed our learning to live our lives by the way that He taught (Jn 5:37-40), which He in turn had learned from His Father, God.
The author of this article, as a lifelong scientist, with unique, thorough, and intense preparation and experience in the fields of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology, as well as with a complete understanding and comprehension of the Word of God as brought to us by Jesus the Christ, can reassure you, the reader, of the real certainty of these facts. Only our faith in our knowledge of the self-induced resurrection of Jesus the Christ as a real historical fact is needed to complete our unavoidable acceptance of the certainty of our own resurrection from death.
Indeed, after considering the very simple and straightforward scientific knowledge involved, one can only marvel at how easy, effortless, and simple Jesus the Christ's self-induced resurrection must have been . . .
The major obstacle to our attainment of the ability to resurrect ourselves from a death will always remain our lack of . . . faith . . . Our lack of faith in the fact of Jesus the Christ's self-induced resurrection is understandable, but our lack of faith in the very simple scientific knowledge involved is inexcusable. Once in acceptance of the rather simple scientific knowledge required, then acceptance of the reality and certainty of Jesus the Christ's self-induced resurrection is unavoidable.
"And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand,
and caught him, and said unto him,
O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Mt 14:31)
As living beings, we are units organized as a body at a more complex level than that of cells, tissues, and organs, and consequently we display all of the characteristics of living things. Our brains, as organs, are a unique organization of nerve cells which can process information, and still more remarkably can endow us with consciousness of ourselves, of our environment, and of its own functioning to create our self-aware minds. By a unique commingling or fusion of our individual emotional experiences on the one hand, and our acquired or individual ideas and beliefs on the other hand, we develop a distinct and recognizable soul, capable of generating individualized sentiments which define us as a recognizable individual. By reaction to particular or specific psychological or physical environmental conditions, our soul creates certain frames or states of mind which we call spirits. Although these states of mind are forever changing, depending upon changing conditions, we slowly through life develop a distinct and recognizable individual spirit, a lingering state of mind that remains resistant to the changing psychological or physical conditions life presents.
All of these activities of the brain are possible because of the ability of our brain cells to form connections with each other in the manner of a circuit, and to communicate with each other in the circuit by the use of nerve impulses which are, not exactly, but akin and comparable to electrical currents.
Our brains begin to develop while we are still in the uterus of our mothers, and the establishment of basic brain circuits is originally triggered by a genetic blueprint in our nerve cells, and these immediately begin to be modified by nerve impulses generated in our ears from sounds we are even then capable of hearing. A genetic blueprint in our nerve cells, and these original nerve impulses generated by our ears initially organize our nervous system into circuits, and continue to maintain these circuits throughout our lives.
After our birth and as we become physically active against the force of gravity, nerve impulses in the form of feedback generated by our muscular actions modify these circuits and establish additional ones. As we then begin to interact psychologically and emotionally with others (our parents, siblings), nerve impulses generated by these activities modify these circuits and establish yet additional ones. When we begin to learn and soak information from our environment, and in school, the already formed circuits are modified, and new, additional ones established; This last process continues for the rest of our life.
Nerve impulses, akin or comparable to electrical currents, are energy, energizing and maintaining our brains and minds in working condition. Take special note of the fact, that the original energy triggering the modification of the basic (genetic) circuits in our brains were generated by our ears . . . Sounds, and their meaning for us, then, are a most powerful energy to modify and organize our brains. The Word of God, as heard, rather than read is very powerful in this regard:
Medical scientists are universally in full agreement that "death" as a state or condition in human beings is due to the cessation of the vital activity of our brain, and refer to it as "brain death." Once in "brain death," we are clinically, legally, and plainly "dead." The death of our brain is believed to result in the death of our mind, soul, and spirit, and eventually of our body as well, as all of these are dependent on the functioning of our brain. But not quite . . .
There is credible evidence that brain death can occur while the body, mind, soul, and spirit remain alive for a short or relatively long time (hours or days).
Indeed, during the biological death, the final death of the body is delayed for days after our brain, mind, soul, and spirit have ceased to exist. The cells, tissues, and organs of our body continue to be alive and functioning, even after we have been declared clinically and legally dead. This well-known fact is what makes possible the use of organs for donation after our death, the donated organs remaining viable for days under proper storage conditions.
Our body is the MOST resistant of the components of our being to death. Next is our spirit . . .
If the first recipient of a donated organ, upon his/her death, donates that same organ to someone else in need of it (a second recipient), the twice-donated organ will go on to thrive and stay alive in the second recipient for the length of his/her life . . . The second recipient can also donate the organ on to a third recipient . . . and that organ can be serially re-donated on and on . . . for Eternity. Our body and its organs ARE ETERNAL!!! . . .
Simply put, the activities of our brains in maintaining our bodies functioning, and in creating and maintaining our minds, souls, and spirits, involve the creation and use of energy in the form of nerve impulses (akin to electrical currents) in nerve cell circuits which for the most part cease to function, or are turned off, at death.
"His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth;
in that very day his thoughts perish." (Ps 146:4)
Now, consider that all of this activity by the brain over the length of a lifetime of 70-80 years only consumes as much energy as would a regular flashlight with two 1.5-Volt batteries continuously on for a whole year, or about 3 Volts.
A residual very small amount of energy in the order of a billionth or a trillionth of a Volt could remain in the brain for days even after a clinical and legal death had been declared for the individual. If this small amount of energy is the one which forms our spirit within the brain circuits, and is in the form of an abiding and strong FAITH in its being able to be used to kick-start the brain again after death . . . then our resurrection is not only possible . . . but a certainty!!!
The small amount of energy in question might be too small for the most sensitive electronic clinical equipment in current use to be able to detect it, and might routinely escape its detection by such equipment.
Imagine, if the battery in your car had a little compartment inside with enough energy stored to kick-start the car once it had died, and even when its battery had been declared by mechanics to be completely "dead." Once this stored residual energy had acted, and the resurrection of your car had taken place, a long ride would be all that would be needed to cause the car's generator to recharge the battery again . . . that is the scientific scenario simply being advanced here.
To be sure and clear, it must take a lifetime of a conviction and faith that it will work as described, to be able to create and accumulate this most necessary reserve of energy in our spirit, mind, and therefore brain circuits. FAITH . . . is then, the most necessary ingredient after all . . .
What was the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ?
I believe, you, the reader, can now answer this question without any doubts. Jesus the Christ must have, over his entire lifetime, created and accumulated in Himself, that is, in his Spirit, the Faith or that is to say, this kind of residual energy in His brain, necessary to focus on the appropriate vital areas of His brain required to kick-start His brain again three days after His publicly and legally declared "death," bringing about His self-induced Resurrection.
The death and Resurrection of Jesus the Christ is the cornerstone of our faith and belief that He was the Word of God made flesh; without that belief and faith in His Resurrection, there is no real and genuine belief that He was the Only-begotten Son of God . . .
I believe, . . . in Him, . . . and in His Resurrection.
Are we capable of resurrecting ourselves from death?
The answer to this question is within each of us . . . the simple scientific facts presented here are obviously straightforward and easily understandable, a LITTLE FAITH is all that is needed.
What are the implications?
The implications are awesome:
We must lead a life in faith, faith in Jesus the Christ, for without Him none of this knowledge would have been possible or would have even been contemplated seriously. We must lead a life in the faith that WE CAN, and WILL WANT TO, self-induce the resurrection of ourselves in the eventuality of a death which does not irreversibly destroy the integrity of our brain, mind, body, or organs. Furthermore, we must lead a life which preserves the INTEGRITY of our physical beings, so that a death, should it come, finds us with the appropriate physical integrity required to effectively self-induce our resurrection. To make these possible we must love ourselves, each other, and love Life, God, and His Son; for as the Apostle John told us, He was the Word of God, Life, and the Light of men (Jn 1:1-5).
Food for thought
"Jesus said unto her,
I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live:" (Jn 11:25)
"For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living:" (Lk 20:38)
"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs:
but the time cometh,
when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs,
but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." ( Jn 16:25)
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