O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
I read from Josephus that we believe in eternal souls like Plato did. Biblically this seems hard to prove. I suppose Aquinas' Summa Theologica question 75 is where the church historically turned for the answer. But it also seems like philosophical pondering rather than biblical exegesis.
I was taught that I was born dead and needed to her born again. Therefore my second birth would qualify as a resurrection. So when I met Don Preston I asked him if there is an infinite number of resurrections and he said he was working on that question. I think Alan's view, to deal with the fact that death is defeated, is eternal death or eternal life exists at conception. but if I follow the premise that the covenant creation was with a portion of humanity (as put forth by Tim) then I question the premise that I was born dead in the first Adam.
If I was just an animal until I got breathed into by God then my second birth was no more a resurrection then my first one was. The vision of the sheet that indicated to Peter that the gospel was going to the nations represented those outside the covenant as animals and not men yet.
Any thoughts ? or has this subject already been discussed? I think it also means the judgment concerned those in the first Adam.