REPORT & INVITATION: POST MORTEM (2)
- POST MORTEM - LIFE AFTER LIFE (2)
A Christian View
The second session of the joint group study took place on June 3rd 2002 on
Mt. Scopus. A Christian view was presented by Fr. Dr. David Neuhaus, a
Jesuit Priest and Professor at Bet Jalla Theological Seminary.
Fr. David started by stressing the unusual case of common foundations that
Christianity share with Judaism: major part of the scriptures, the fact
that Jesus was born, lived and died as a Jew etc. The encounter between
Judaism and Christianity started from the very beginning of the Christian
religion, as the first Christians understood their believes in Jewish
terms and in light of the Jewish sources.
Therefore, it is not surprising that many points from the first session
are shared also by Christianity.
However, there are, of course, differences. The main difference in our
context is that the belief in rising from the dead is much more central in
Christianity as it is closely linked with the belief that Jesus came back
to life in the third day to his burial. Jesus is the first to come back to
life and enter in front of God. The empty grave is a manifestation, in the
Christian belief, that God did not let his righteous see destruction of
Fr. David presented a series of verses from the Hebrew Bible along with
their Christian interpretations. Then he continued with a series of texts
from the New Testament regarding Jesus' coming back to life and his empty
grave. One special meaning was given by Paulus to the special ceremony of
entering the Christian community: entering the water is like death - in
the sense that a dead person can not commit sin - and a move into new
life, eternal life.
Fr. David concluded with the description of the judgment after the rising
of the dead: those who gave food to the hungry, water to the thirsty and
cloths for the naked - are as if they did that to Jesus in his need and
will go to life.
A vivid joint conversation followed the presentation.
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The next meeting will take place on Monday 10 June 2002, with Sheikh Abdul
Aziz Bukhari, Sheikh of the Naqshabandian Sufi Religious Method and Head
of the Uzbeke Community in Jerusalem
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