About Our Bodies

“There’s a popular impression that Christians believe death will free us from these gross corporeal bodies, and at last we will enter and ideal ethereal state. But that’s actually a variation of the heresy called Gnosticism. We arrant composed of a spirit operating a body like a person driving a car; God created us to be embodied beings, both in this present life and for eternity. When body and soul are separated at death, it ruptures this unity. We won’t experience the fullness of heaven until body and soul are reunited again at the Resurrection on the Last Day (1 Cor. 15:35–41). Transformation in Christ does not mean escape from our bodies, but right and holy embodiment.”

–– Frederica Mathewes-Green, Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

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