2/19/2005

More on Entropy and Resurrection

Another application of the same idea:It's a bit bizarre that a future resurrection should be a cardinal Jewish belief. Not that the actual belief is terribly problematic, but the insistence that one who doesn't believe in it forfeit's his share in the next world seems a bit harsh. That this theme is the quintessential expression of God's might (witness - 2nd bracha of Shmoneh Esrei - on resurrection - called gevurot) exacerbates the prblem. However, we've now seen that the power of life overcoming death - a power that really goes against the grain of all that we know - that will ultimately be expressed through a 'cure' from death, would be the single greatest expression of power and control, a culmination of God's and man's historic struggle against entropy and desolation.

See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me; I kill, andI
make alive; I have wounded, and I heal; and there is none that can deliver outof
My hand (Devarim 32:39)

The LORD killeth, and maketh alive; He bringeth down to the grave, and
bringeth up.
7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich; He bringeth
low, He also lifteth up.
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
He lifteth up the needy from the dung-hill, to make them sit with princes, and
inherit the throne of glory; for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and He
hath set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of His holy
ones, but the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; for not by strength
shall man prevail.
10 They that strive with the LORD shall be
broken to pieces; against them will He thunder in heaven; the LORD will judge
the ends of the earth; and He will give strength unto His king, and exalt the
horn of His anointed. (I Samuel 2:6-10)

Death will be swallowed forever; and HaShem God will wipe away tears from
off all faces (Isaiah 25:8)
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