World beyond the womb: before birth and after death

A small fetus on the womb

A small fetus on the womb

For the fetus, the world is the womb–a dark place, but full of sounds with time counted by his mother’s heartbeat: rub-dub, rub-dub, rub-dub.  And there are voices:

“Ah, that’s a voice of someone who encloses me, who bears me, who feeds me, who loves me.  If she is sad, I am also sad.  If she is happy, I am also happy.  If she does not want me and wants to abort me, I can feel it, and I brace myself and hold on to whatever I can grasp for dear life.

“Ah, that’s the voice of someone who is distinct from she-who-is-my-world.  But his voice soothes and strengthens me, because I can feel that she-who-is-my-world is also strengthened.  When he touches my world, the sound is amplified by the waters, and each rhythmic pattern gives me joy.

“Someday, I may see them face-to-face.  But I don’t know what seeing is; I only know that they exist because I hear them.   To hear is to believe.

After 9 months, the fetus leaves the womb–the world that he ever knew.  This leaving is a form of death, but a death that leads to a new life. The new world is far different from what he can ever imagine, for now he has acquired the use of his other sense: the sense of sight.  If the baby can speak of the glorious sights, he will say:

“All things bright and beautiful.  All creatures great and small.  All things wise and wonderful.  The Lord God made them all.”

As Scripture says: “Out of the mouths of infants and nurslings you have brought forth praise’?” (Mt 21:16).

From the world of the womb, man is brought forth to the world of the earth, grass, sun, stars, clouds, water, and air.  Man is still enclosed in a womb layered into spheres: biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, plasmasphere, heliosphere, and the spheres of stars and galaxies.  Atheists may say that this is the only world that we have; but our Faith says that there is a world beyond–beyond the farthest stars visible to the most powerful telescopes, before the beginning of time.  In that world, there is Someone-Who-Loves-Us, because He was revealed to us by His Voice, His Word, His Son Who became Flesh like one of us–Jesus Christ.  Christ, God the Son, reveals God the Father.  As Christ said to Philip:

“Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.” (Jn 14:9-11)

It is difficult to imagine what would life be in the other world and what would our resurrected bodies look like.  St. Paul describes it best:

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.43It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is raised powerful. 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.”

But this we know: in heaven we shall see God face-to-face in a beatific vision.

“I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. 23* The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it,o for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb.”  (Rv 21:22-23)

And we shall be full of happiness, for what we believed from His Word is true: indeed, we have a Father in heaven–that other world–and so we have the courage to say as adopted sons, “Abba, Father!”

 

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Is Jesus just an ordinary prophet as claimed by Muslims?

Question:

Posted by Ben Langcuyan Jr on July 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

By the way, any comment on these points?

“Pls read the following verses of the Bible need not to elucidate here:
Jesus Prophethood,
Mathew 19: 16-17
21:45-46
Jesus a mere servant of god,
Mathew 23:8-9
24:36
Jesus also pray,
Mathew 14:23
Jesus was merely for the Israel
Mathew 15:22-28
Jesus asked help while in the cross
Mathew 27:46″

Post back here or PM me: gang1033@yahoo.com T.Y.

Response:

Posted by Quirino M. Sugon Jr on July 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Ben,

Being a prophet only means that he was sent by God to tell the people the word of God. The Prophet Jeremiah, for example, begins his speech: “Listen to the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob! All you clans of the house of Israel, thus says the LORD” (Jer 2:4-5). Now, Jesus is a prophet because he speaks the word of God. But he is more than an ordinary prophet like Jeremiah. He is the Word of God Himself:

” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.33 All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be…And the Word became flesh 9 and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.1510 John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”16 From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, 1117 because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (Jn 1:14-17).

Jesus is the Father’s only Son. We only became adopted sons of God if we believe in His Son. The Sonship of Christ is unique. Christ is God. He was the Word who was in the beginning with God. So Christ is not just an ordinary prophet who speaks God’s words. Christ is God’s Word Himself Who Became Man. That is why, during the Transfiguration when Christ showed His glory as God’s Only Son, the Father said:

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt 17:5)

Listen to the parable of the tenants:

(A) man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and then went on a journey for a long time.10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenant farmers to receive some of the produce of the vineyard. But they beat the servant and sent him away empty-handed. 11 So he proceeded to send another servant, but him also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed. 12 Then he proceeded to send a third, but this one too they wounded and threw out. 13 The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I shall send my beloved son; maybe they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenant farmers saw him they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him that the inheritance may become ours.’15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. (Lk 20:9-15)

God is the owner of the vineyard. The tenant farmers are the Pharisees who rule the Jews. The servants are the prophets. The beloved Son is Christ Himself. The servants has no blood relation with the landowner, but only the Son. In the same way, the prophets before Christ has no relation to the the Father, only the Son does. If the Father is God, then the Son must be truly God.