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I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting

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When we see crops growing in the fields for harvest it inspires a larger thought.  What of all the goodness, truthfulness and beauty in human beings?  How will that end up?  Or the evil and deceitfulness?  Christian faith sees human history as part of the purpose of God that will climax in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  This climax is the great separation promised by Jesus of the righteous and unrighteous to populate heaven and hell.                                                                             
His resurrection is the first fruits of this harvest.  Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, Jesus says, but if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12v24).  Jesus is that grain.  The righteous will be his harvest.  Christ has been raised from the dead, St Paul affirms, the first fruits of those who have died (1 Corinthians 15v20).

At the heart of Christianity is no theory or doctrine but a happening – Christ’s resurrection.…