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   What goes to “Heaven,” or the “hereafter”

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   Not the body you’re in

   right now…

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   What then does?

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   At death your body (or tare¹) or body parts stay on Earth.

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   For example, consider the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, and the deaths of the 2 thieves on either side of Him. The dead bodies, or what was left of them, probably ended up in the garbage dump. The body of Jesus, however, was the one (New Testament²) exception to what follows (until, the possibility for an undefined change for some alive on Earth in special “last days” events). His body was put in a tomb for 3 days before it was resurrected and left Earth completely before returning afterwards³ for 40 more days before leaving Earth again.

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   Then what part of a person leaves for Heaven or elsewhere at death?

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   For the one thief that repented, his soul went to “Paradise” (consider that Heaven for our purpose here). The soul of other thief, as far as we know, went elsewhere.

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   The soul is that part of a human that cannot be weighed or observed in any tangible way in the familiar 4-dimensional world. But, nonetheless, it exists as a mysterious extra-dimensional “part” of every human brain and nervous system to love, enjoy, wonder, hope, ponder, create, fear, hate, obey, order, risk, question, and choose. While alive in a body, the soul actively directs the brain, according to one’s worldview, with the goal of protecting one’s person, and not losing, as long as possible, all that really matters to an individual. There is the implication that a soul will recognize others in the hereafter (at what age? not mentioned…with no nametags?…not mentioned either).

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   Consider Jesus’ words:

   Jesus said to the repentant thief, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  –Lk 23:43

   In a sermon Jesus said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” –Mt. 10:28

  He also said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.–Jn 14:3

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   ¹ Drivers of 18-wheelers will understand this. For a definition of “tare,” in the search rectangle (upper left) type #1021.

   ² In this post we’re ignoring the unusual O.T. exceptions of Enoch and Elijah.

   ³ We’re also ignoring here the nature of Christ’s resurrected body (with, by the way, scarred hands, feet, and side) when He returned to Earth, and after 40 days ascended into back to His Father in Heaven. No bodily remains (or tare) remained on Earth, however. It’s pointless going on an archeology dig to look for the bones of Jesus.