There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
26. “There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” When we pass on out of this life we leave the physical body behind and receive our new spiritual form: This is a teaching found throughout the religions of God; we are more than just a physical body. Christianity: 1 Corinthians 15:42 “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:” 1 Corinthians 15:43 “It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:” 1 Corinthians 15:44 “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” 15:44 “There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” 1 Corinthians 15:40 “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.” 1 Corinthians 15:50 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;” This physical body cannot go to heaven, only the spirit within us can go to that spiritual kingdom. Ephesians 4:4 “There is one body, and one Spirit,” Paul makes the final distinction, there is one body of man and there is one spirit or the living soul of man. James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead.” We without spiritual development, on our part, are also dead; when in regard to the splendors of the kingdom of the next world. Spiritual glory we receive is in direct proportion to the efforts we made in this life. Judaism: Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of man is the candle of The Lord.” Job 32:8 “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” Isaiah 38:15 “What shall I say? He hath both spoken unto me, and Himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.” Isaiah 38:16 “O LORD, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt Thou recover me, and make me to live.” Isaiah 38:17 “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it.”
ISLAM: “Death of the body is a benefaction to the spiritual. Man’s body, it is true, is formed of earth, but by discipline and contrition it may be made to reflect spiritual verities. Distance and nearness affect only the body, What do they matter in the place where God is? When God changes the body, It regards not parasangs or miles.”
(Islam, Mathnavi of Rumi (E.H. Whinfield tr), The Masnavi Vol 4)
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 11 and 19)
(The Qur’an (Rodwell tr), Sura 31 – Lokman)
ZOROASTRIANISM: 32. “Hear me! Forgive me!’ – We, the Amesha-Spentas, will come and show thee, O Zarathushtra! the way to that world to long glory in the spiritual world, to long happiness of the soul in Paradise; To bliss and Paradise, to the Garonmana of Ahura Mazda (God), beautifully made and fully adorned, when his soul goes out of his body through the will of fate, when I, Ahura Mazda, gently show him his way as he asks for it, Holiness is the best of all good …. They will impart to thee full brightness and Glory.”
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta Fragments)
Zoroastrianism: Denkard. Zoroaster, “Be it known that, the existence of man is owing to there being a soul in him. And the soul resides in the body.” “The living body exists through the soul that supports it.” “The spirit or the soul of man is invisible and intangible and its abode in this world is the perishable (human) body.
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 2)
Hinduism: “Holy souls see Which strive thereto. Enlightened, they perceive, That Spirit in themselves.” “Yea! in its bodily prison!– Spirit pure, Spirit supreme; surveying, governing, Guarding, possessing; Lord and Master.” “For I am That whereof Brahma (God) is the likeness!”
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 13, 14 and 15)
Hinduism: 4. “As a goldsmith, taking a piece of gold, turns it into another, newer and more beautiful shape, so does this Self, after having thrown off this body and dispelled all ignorance, make unto himself another, newer and more beautiful shape.”
(Hindu, Upanishads vol. 2, Brihadaranyaka-Upanishad Part 3)
Hinduism: 240. “Single is each being born; single it dies; single it enjoys (the reward of its) virtue; single (it suffers the punishment of its) sin.” 241. “Leaving the dead body on the ground like a log of wood, or a clod of earth, the relatives depart with averted faces; but spiritual merit follows the (soul).”
(Hindu, Laws of Manu)
BUDDHISM: “The lotus will grow sweetly fragrant, delighting the soul, so also among those who are like the wise student of the truly enlightened Buddha shines brightly.” 3. “Knowing that this body is like a jar,” When the jar is broken the soul is set free from the body to wing it’s flight to God.
(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards))
Buddhism: “Our physical body consisting of flesh and skin, etc… is nothing more than a tenement or an inn; it is no place of refuge.” (Buddha, Sixth Patriarch) It is a place where the soul of man rests temporary until the soul passes on out of this body.
SABEANISM: “Go, soul, in victory to the place from which you were transplanted, the place of joy, in which the face shines. The face shines in it, the form is illumined and does not grow dim. The soul has loosened its chains and broken its fetters. It shed its bodily coat.” (Sabeanism, Bliss and Peace)
Sabeanism: “Incense that is fragrant, incense that is fragrant! yea, for the lives of the men who were our ancestors, of righteous and believing men who rendered up (their souls) and departed from their bodies.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 8)
Sabeanism: “Pray ye for us from there, and we will pray from here for you! All fruits perish; all sweet odours vanish, (but) the perfume of Life is established for ever and unto world’s end upon those who love His name of Truth.” “When any human being departeth from his body, there come towards him seven godlike appearances, and each standeth by his own, And Sauriel the Releaser cometh he who releaseth spirit and soul from the body Manda-d-Hiia,” “The Great Life (Haiyi, God) dwelleth in those that love Him.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 8, 48 and 60)
BABI RELIGION: “He will cheer their hearts, their spirits, their souls and their bodies and their days of prosperity or adversity, through the exaltation of the name of Him Who is the supreme Testimony of God and the promotion of the Word of Him Who is the Dayspring of the glory of their Creator.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 145)
Babi Religion: “Let not the deeds of those who reject the Truth shut you out as by a veil. Such people have warrant over your bodies only, and God hath not reposed in them power over your spirits, your souls and your hearts. Fear ye God that haply it may be well with you.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 161)
BAHA’I FAITH: “When man dies, his relation with the body ceases. The sun is reflected in the mirror; the mirror reflects the light and brilliancy of the sun, but the sun does not reside in the mirror. It does not enter nor come out of the mirror, nevertheless one sees it in the mirror, so the soul reflects itself in the body. If the mirror be broken the sun does not die. The body is the temporary mirror; the spiritual soul suffers no change, no more than the sun does remaining eternally in its own station. Even as in the world of dreams when all the physical faculties are in abeyance and the soul travels in all realms seeing, hearing, speaking, so when the physical body decomposes, the soul is not affected.” “From the moment the soul leaves the body and arrives in the Heavenly World, its evolution is spiritual, and that evolution is: The approaching unto God.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy and Paris Talks, p. 66)
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 157)