Do You Need To Freeze Your Head In Order To Be A Good Christian?
By Randy Smith
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Do You Need To Freeze Your Head In Order To Be A Good Christian?
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you just love being alive? The kind of morning where the air is crisp and clean, and when you walk outside and look out on a blue and cloudless sky, the world seems so perfect. The birds singing are like a Bach choir. The sound of children playing sounds like music. Every fallen leaf laying in the gutter is like a jewel. Life is so precious to us at these times. We drink it all in through our senses like a fine wine, this rich and wonderful world. It’s good to be alive, isn’t it?
But life has to end. Doesn’t it? Isn’t that what society tells us? That death is proper and natural? Turn on your TV set. Listen to it. It won’t be long until you hear a reference to death. Maybe you will hear someone refer to a departed relative as looking down on us from heaven. It is comforting to think of our departed loved ones in such a way. And although we all feel an aching void inside us when we think about the prospect of death, mainstream society encourages us to accept death. Popular culture seems to want us to see death as something that is natural and something that we cannot fight against.
But when it comes to the idea of accepting death, the Bible does not encourage us to accept death. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Bible itself does not see death as something to be meekly accepted. Instead, the Bible encourages us to aggressively seek out immortality right here on earth. In fact, the Bible — which is the voice of God speaking to us –commands us to take the necessary actions for living forever right here on earth. The Bible gives us a set of instructions on how we can have immortal life right here on earth.
God’s plan for us to live forever here on Earth is perhaps best shown to us by how the Bible explains to us what is God’s ultimate goal for us. And just what is God’s Big Plan, as expressed in the Bible?
If you look at 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 25-26 (from the World English Bible), it says as follows: “He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”
The “He” in this verse is referring to Jesus. So we see that the last enemy, the toughest enemy to defeat, is Death. We see here that God’s plan is to rid mankind of death. But God will not accomplish that goal until all other enemies have been defeated.
As further evidence of this plan, let’s turn to Isaiah chapter 25 verse 8 in the English Standard Version Bible: “He [referring again to Jesus here] will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces…”
So, no more tears and no more death. That is in our future, if we do as God wants us to do. Sounds like a good plan.
But just how concerned is God about the problem of us people here on Earth dying? Let’s take a look at John chapter 8 verse 51 ( from the World English Bible): ”…if a person keeps my word, he will never see death….”
Now, this verse is one of the many verses in the bible that show that God knows you are thinking about how to beat death. God knows we don’t want to die. And through the Bible God is giving us directions, instructions on how to live forever. What instructions? Keep his word. That is what he wants us to do. The word “keep” in the verse above means “to guard”or to “watch over”, which is based on the Greek noun “teros,” meaning “guard.” Teros is the primary Greek root word from the original biblical text of John 8 51 (see Strong’s Concordance).
Another verse which shows that God knows what we are looking for, which is a way to beat death is 1 John chapter 2 verse 17 from the Weymouth New Testament: “And the world, with its cravings, is passing away, but he who does God’s will continues for ever.”
Here we see that the Bible is talking to those of us who want to continue forever. To never really die, in other words. Or, if we are to die, to rise again and live again.
So, from the Bible we see that God knows that death is always on your mind. And his plans include immortality for mankind. And he is talking to us through the Bible, telling us the way to achieve our goal of living forever. All we have to do is follow these commands. The Bible is a set of instructions on how to live forever right here on Earth.
And let me tell you something else—God understands how horrible death really is. See Acts 2 24, from the World English Bible: “…whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.”
The agony of death! That’s God talking to us, and he wants us to know that he understands the agony we experience when we think about how death awaits us. We may not feel the sting of death right now, if we are healthy, but when the time of death comes upon us, when death draws near, we will feel the agony of death more sharply. And God is telling us here that he understands. If you listen to the television set, to Hollywood, they would have you believe that death is inevitable, something to be accepted. But the Creator of this universe is telling us something different. He is looking for people who want to live forever, and he is speaking to those people, telling them how to achieve that goal.
In the New Living Translation bible version of this same verse (Acts 2 24), the bible uses the phrase “the horrors of death”. (NLT)
So God knows that you think death is horrible, and he agrees with you. Also see Hebrews 2 15, from the NET Bible, which reads as follows: “…and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.”
And isn’t it true—are we not all our lives held in slavery by our fear of death? Death hangs over all our heads, ever since that first day as a child when we learned that people all die.
From Romans 7 24 (New International Version), Paul speaks to us, and he says “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”
We have all asked ourselves that very same question, haven’t we? Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? I don’t want to die…but my body, unfortunately, is destined for death. Or at least that is the way it has been for all mankind up to this point in time. But can we change that?
All of us have read various news media articles about scientific studies that speculate on possible cures for old age and cancer, heart disease, and just death in general. We have all seen reports on various scientific studies in the area of aging and so forth, which speculate on how science might be used to defeat aging and death someday. We have all seen articles on how we might be able to upload our minds into computers someday and thus live forever. And of course there are the cryonicists, who practice the science of cryonics, which involves filling the brain of the recently deceased with sophisticated anti-freeze solutions, and then storing the body or head of that person in liquid nitrogen so that decades or centuries from now, advanced science might revive them.
When we read these articles, we all ask ourselves, “When will it be possible for science to stop death? Will science rescue me in time from this body subject to death? Or will I also die like every other human?”
And God might hear you and answer your question this way: ”Rescue yourself.” Remember, God helps those who help themselves, those who help themselves through their own good works and deeds.
Another version of Romans 7 24, from the International Standard Version bible, says “Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death?”
Infected by death! That is God talking to you through Paul, and he is referring to death as an infection.
So, God understands how horrible death really is, the agony of death, the slavery of death, the infection that is death. God feels your fear of death, and he understands it, and God does not want us to go meekly to the grave. Isn’t that what all these Bible verses quoted above are telling us? That God does not see death as natural. That God does not want us to accept death meekly and go to the grave? Hollywood and the media tell us otherwise–that death is natural and that we should accept it. Who is right?
Do you remember–back when you were a young child–when you first began to realize that people die and that you were also going to die? God understands that empty feeling, that deep sense of loss that you felt when you first realized that you were going to die, that all people die, that you were going to lose all this, this wonderful world around you. However, the Bible shows us that God wants to end death forever for all of us. There is hope.
And where does God want us to spend eternity as immortal beings? In heaven? To answer that question, let’s look at Luke Chapter 18 verse 30 from the World English Bible. It says that “who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.”
The world to come–that is where we will live forever. That is where we will get eternal life—in the world to come, and not in heaven. Not the present world. The world to come. The future world. Do you know of anyone who is immortal in this present-day world? No, the world to come is where we will have immortality. Most likely the distant future. But we are not there yet.
And if we look at Mark 10 30 (Webster’s Bible Translation), it tells us that “in the world to come [the faithful shall receive] eternal life.”
Do these Bible verses say anything about living forever in heaven? No. It will be Earth for us. This planet is our home. That is what God is telling us.
So how is God going to defeat death? What are his tools for defeating death? Is it possible that we, mankind, are going to defeat death for God?
The Bible does tell us that we have been designed to do great works for God. In 2 Timothy 3 17 (New Living Translation), it says:
“God uses it [meaning scripture] to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (NLT)
Every good work! Think about that. If there is a good work that God wants done, he has prepared us to perform that good work for him. And since defeating death is God’s ultimate goal (see 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 25-26), wouldn’t it make sense that he has prepared us to do that good work for him, that he has prepared and equipped us to do that ultimate good work–to defeat death?
And from Ephesians 2 10 (New Living Translation), we see that “…we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)
The Bible is telling us that we need to do these good things for God. Surely defeating death is one of the good things he wants us to do. After all, 1 Corinthians 15 25-26 (World English Bible) tells us that Jesus “must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”
So if defeating death is the ultimate goal for God, and if mankind is equipped to do all of his good works, then defeating death must surely be something we need to do for God, and for ourselves.
Defeating death is a tall order. Can we do that for God?
Ephesians 3 20 (New Living Translation) tells us that “God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (NLT)
His mighty power at work within us! Think about that. Do we have any mighty powers? Enough to defeat death? More about that later.
Defeating death might seem beyond the capabilities of mankind, but God seems to have faith in us. Will we have what it takes to defeat death for God?
Philippians 2 13 (New Living Translation) says that “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (NLT)
So the Bible is telling us that God works through us. We are his mighty power. And we are here to do and accomplish the things he wants to do. And what does God want to do? Well, his ultimate goal is to defeat death and provide a future earth where there will be no tears.
But I don’t have the power to make us immortal. Do you?
Well, maybe we do? Does the Bible talk about the powers that God gave us to accomplish the things he wants done? What special qualities or talents of mankind might God find so useful that he can use them to accomplish what pleases him–to defeat Death for him?
Does the Bible refer to or mention any special skills or talents that we have or does the bible encourage certain ways of thinking?
Let’s take a look at Isaiah 1 18 (King James Bible): “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD”
Reason! Now that is a word for you, brothers and sisters. Reason! The mighty power of reasoning. What has reason done for mankind? Look at all the products of science and technology that surround us today–medicine, cars, bridges, highways, skyscrapers, computers, the internet. All these are the product of reason.
Could it be that science and the power of logical reasoning is the tool God gave us that can be used to defeat Death?
The question then arises as to how many times the Bible mentions the power of reasoning and scientific thinking. Look at Luke 24 15 (Webster’s Bible Translation), which says: “And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.”
So Jesus himself saw the power of reasoning. It attracted him. An alternate version of Luke 24 15 from the International Standard Version reads as follows: “While they were discussing and analyzing what had happened, Jesus himself approached and began to walk with them…”
And Job 32 11 (World English Bible) reads as follows: “Behold, I waited for your words, and I listened for your reasoning, while you searched out what to say.”
And then we have Isaiah 41 21, from the English Standard Version Bible, which says: “Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.”
Proofs, which are a foundation of mathematics. Yet another indication that the Bible sees reason, logic and rationality as an important tool for us to use.
What other verses in the bible are along these same lines?
See now Proverbs 18 15 from the World English Bible: “The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
And our modern society is indeed built on knowledge. Vast libraries dot our cities and campuses. And James 5 3 of the Weymouth New Testament says that “your gold and your silver have become covered with rust, and the rust on them will give evidence against you….”
Acts 19 8 from the World English Bible says that “He [Paul] entered into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for a period of three months, reasoning and persuading about the things concerning the Kingdom of God.”
1 Thessalonians 5 21 of the King James Bible tells us to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” An alternate version of that verse from the Bible in Basic English tells us “Let all things be tested; keep to what is good.”
So what are we talking about here? Reasoning. Evidence. Testing. Proving. Analyzing. Gaining knowledge.
What does that sound like? Those words from the Bible are talking about the ideas and concepts that form the basis of modern science. Our reasoning and our powers of logic, our system of scientific thinking, our scientific knowledge, these are the tools God has given us to help him achieve his goals. Our logical mind and our powers of reason are the mighty power of God working within us, tools we can use to do the good things he planned for us long ago. We are his mighty power, that is what the Bible has told us (see the verses above), and science and reason is our mighty power. God uses us, and we use reason and science.
And what is God’s ultimate goal? To defeat death, to end death for all time and to give mankind eternal life, a life without tears… and we are the tool he will use to develop the science needed to defeat death. We are his mighty power. His mighty power is us, he works through us. And we work through science.
Does the Bible talk about when all this is going to happen? When will God defeat death through the power of man’s science?
1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 23 of the New Living Translation talks about the resurrection and the second coming of Christ… we read as follows: “But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back…” (NLT)
So the dead will be resurrected when Christ returns to the Earth–the second coming. And it would seem reasonable that when the dead are revived, that is the beginning of the age of immortality for mankind.
1 Corinthians chapter 15 25-26 from the King James Bible says “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
So we see here that after Christ he has returned to Earth, then death will be defeated, death being the last enemy to be defeated, the most difficult enemy to defeat.
So, it is in the future, probably the distant future, after the Resurrection and the Second Coming of Christ, that God will defeat death and make us immortal. And God will be using mankind’s science and reason as the tool to defeat death and give immortality to mankind–at least to those who deserve immortality.
So how are we are going to be made immortal after being resurrected? Does the Bible address the method or the ways through we might be made immortal?
Philippians 3 21 of the New Living Translation tells us that “He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” (NLT)
Remember, we are his mighty power that he will use to accomplish the good things he wants done. And God wants to defeat death. And we see here that our bodies will be made over, transformed. And the power to do so is mankind, and mankind’s mighty power is science and reason. So we will transform our bodies through science.
And from 1 Corinthians 15 50-54 of the Weymouth New testament: “But this I tell you, brethren: our mortal bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, nor will what is perishable inherit what is imperishable. I tell you a truth hitherto kept secret: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sounding of the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incapable of decay, and we shall be changed. For so it must be: this perishable nature must clothe itself with what is imperishable, and this mortality must clothe itself with immortality. But when this perishable nature has put on what is imperishable, and this mortality has put on immortality, then will the words of Scripture be fulfilled, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.””
So, the advanced science of the future will raise us from the dead and transform our bodies into indestructible (and imperishable) immortal bodies. And this will happen after the resurrection and the second coming of Christ.
But what of Judgment Day, when the resurrected will be judged?
The question arises as to whether all of those who are resurrected will then go on to immortality, or will some or most of the resurrected go to death once again and not live forever?
If we look at Revelation 20 12-15 of the Weymouth New Testament, this is a passage that describes how the resurrected will be judged on Judgment Day: “And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing in front of the throne. And books were opened; and so was another book—namely, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged by the things recorded in the books in accordance with what their conduct had been. Then the sea yielded up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades yielded up the dead who were in them, and each man was judged in accordance with what his conduct had been. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of fire; this is the Second Death—the Lake of fire. And if any one’s name was not found recorded in the Book of Life he was thrown into the Lake of fire.”
So each resurrected person will be judged according to what they had done in life. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. So if your name is written in the Book of Life, you can live forever. Otherwise, you go to the second death, even after being resurrected.
So how do you get your name written in the Book of Life? You get your name written in the Book of Life by doing what God wants you to do. What does God want us to do?
In Matthew 10:8 of the Weymouth New Testament, Jesus told his disciples to raise the dead: “Cure the sick, raise the dead to life, cleanse lepers, drive out demons: you have received without payment, give without payment.”
Now, as good Christians we all give to charity, and part of that charity goes towards funding hospitals that are curing the sick, dealing with various illnesses, both mental and physical. And that sort of charity would seem to satisfy at least part of Matthew 10 8. But what about the “raising the dead to life” part of Matthew 10 8? Are you helping to raise the dead back to life? Raising the dead would seem a likely path to getting one’s name in the Book of Life. If God wants us to defeat death for him, then raising the dead back to life would seem critical to achieving that goal for God.
And indeed that is one of the purposes of the science of cryonics. When the cryonicists freeze (or cryopreserve) the brain for long term storage in dewars or cryostats, when they immerse the brain in liquid nitrogen for decades or centuries, they are doing so in order that advanced science in the future can resurrect these cryogenically preserved and bring them back to life. Those who are signed up for cryonics plan to have themselves resurrected and thereby obey Matthew 10 8 where Jesus told us to raise the dead to life. Cryonicists are currently the only group of people on earth who are working to raise the dead, which is what Jesus told us to do in Matthew 10 8.
Cryonicists hope to write their names in the Book of Life by preparing themselves for resurrection –helping to raise the dead– and thereby writing their names in the Book of Life. Indeed, the resurrection of the cryonicists from cryopreservation in liquid nitrogen may well be the first step in the resurrection as described in the Bible, and that resurrection may itself bring Jesus back to Earth again–the Second Coming.
However, the question arises as to whether Jesus was talking to you and me when he told the Apostles to raise the dead back to life. To answer this, let us turn to Matthew 28 18-20 of the Weymouth New Testament: “Jesus however came near and said to them, “All power in Heaven and over the earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations; baptize them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; and teach them to obey every command which I have given you.”
We know that Jesus told his disciples to raise the dead in Matthew 10 8, and then later, here in Matthew 28 18-20, we see that Jesus told those same disciples (the Apostles) that they were to go and make new disciples, and that these new disciples were then to obey all the commands that Jesus had already given the Apostles. And just what commands had Jesus given the Apostles? For one, he gave them the command of raising the dead. So if you are a disciple of Christ, then he wants you to raise the dead. No mistake about that.
As further evidence that Jesus wants each of us to help raise the dead back to life, let’s take a look at John 14 12 (King James Bible), where Jesus is speaking to his followers: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
We know that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and here in John 14 12, he told his followers to do the same works he had done, and that he also expects even greater works from you and me. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. That was one of his works. And here Jesus is telling his believers that they need to do the same works he has done. I am a believer in Christ. So I am helping to raise the dead. That is what Christ told me to do. The only people on Earth engaged in raising the dead are the cryonicists. That is one reason why I am a signed up cryonicist.
So raising the dead is something that a good Christian should be doing. Or at least helping to raise the dead. And that is one of the primary purposes of cryonics. By working together to ensure healthy, functional cryonics organizations, cryonicists are helping to raise the dead who have been cryopreserved. Although that resurrection of these “Resurrectables” stored in liquid nitrogen will no doubt not take place for many decades, if not centuries, cryonicists are indeed working to carry out Jesus’s command to raise the dead back to life.
The question then arises as to whether it is possible for us to raise the dead back to life. Luke 1 37 (King James Bible) addresses this question: “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Also, in Mark 10 27 (King James Bible), we are told that “…Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
And in Matthew 19 26 (King James Bible), it tells us that “…Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
So, yes, with God’s help, we can raise the dead, although it may seem impossible at this time. He gave us the tools to raise to dead—our powers of reason and logic and science. And he wants us to raise the dead. He commanded us to raise the dead.
So, to summarize what we have read so far, some people will not live forever after the resurrection — they will go into the lake of fire on Judgment Day because they had not written their names in the Book Of Life — and it is our deeds, what we do, that are the keys to whether we live on forever after resurrection, whether we make it past Judgment Day. Cryonicists believe that by helping to raise the dead, they will write their names in the Book Of Life. After all, defeating death is God’s ultimate goal, and if we cryonicists can raise the dead stored in liquid nitrogen (the Resurrectables), then we are helping God defeat death.
But what else might we need to do in order to please God and receive immortality after the resurrection?
The Bible does speak of differences in those who are resurrected. Some will receive a better resurrection and be resurrected first. Hebrews 11 35 of the New International Version Bible reads as follows: “Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.”
An even better resurrection! So, being resurrected would be good, in and of itself, but of course any of us would want a better resurrection.
Revelation 20 6 of the Weymouth New Testament describes the first resurrection: “Blessed and holy are those who share in the First Resurrection. The Second Death has no power over them, but they shall be priests to God and to Christ, and shall be kings with Christ for the thousand years.”
The Second Death is the Lake of Fire. So, being resurrected first is something to be desired, certainly. You get to reign beside Jesus for 1000 years, and you do not need to worry about the Lake Of Fire. You are then assured of immortality on Earth.
But how then can we achieve that first resurrection–that better resurrection–and thus ensure immortality? What sort of deeds should we do if we want the better resurrection and immortality?
1 Thessalonians 4 16 from the King James Bible describes a certain characteristic shared by those who are resurrected first, presumably those would receive the better resurrection: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first…”
So the “dead in Christ” get to be among the first resurrected, that being the better resurrection. What does being “dead in Christ” even mean? What does it mean to be dead and at the same time to be “in Christ”? How can we be anywhere if we are dead?
Furthermore, along these same lines, Romans 8 10 of the World English Bible tells us that “If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”
So, we need to have Christ inside of us while we are dead in order to be righteous? In order to live forever, we need to have Christ in us even while we are dead. How can we do that?
From 1 Thessalonians 4 14 of the King James Bible, we see that “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
From the context of 1 Thessalonians 4 14 (see 1 Thessalonians 4 16, for example), it is clear that being asleep here means to be dead, and that the reference to God bringing with him those who sleep in Jesus means that those who are dead and who are also “in Christ” or “in Jesus” will receive the better resurrection, the first resurrection.
However, what it means to be “in Christ” while you are dead is still unclear. Romans 6 8 of the King James Bible refers to the same condition: “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him”
We can see that in order to be resurrected first and to receive the better resurrection, we want to be “dead with Christ”, or to be “dead in Christ” or “sleep in Jesus.” But what is the precise definition of this state?
To answer this question, let’s see what the bible says about the nature of Jesus. What is Christ?
From John 1 14, World English Bible: “The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This is referring to Jesus. So the Bible is telling us that Jesus is The Word who became flesh and walked among us. This is what the Bible tells us about the nature of Jesus. Jesus is himself the Word of God.
Revelation 19 13 of the King James Bible says that “…he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
Referring again to Jesus—his name is the Word of God.
John 1 1 from the King James Bible says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
So God is also the Word. And what is the Word of God? The Word of God is the Holy Bible. But how can God and Jesus be the Bible? When the Bible says that The Word became flesh and dwelled among us, what does that mean? Was Jesus a walking book? Did he have pages and a book cover?
No, The Word is writing. And what is writing? Writing is information. Pure information. Information that can be transferred from one form to another and to yet another form, and so on and so forth down through time.
All these centuries, the Word of God has been transferred from one book to another, from one Bible to another, an endless series of copies…all transferring the same basic information down through the centuries…and thus preserving the Word of God for us today…even though the original Bible has long since been destroyed by time and decay.
The Word is writing, and writing is information, and so therefore, Jesus and God are also information. And information can live forever, if it is guarded, watched over, and protected against loss. As long as information can be transferred to a new format, a new container, that information is immortal, just as Christ and God are immortal. Just as God wants you to be immortal.
So if God and Jesus are The Word, which is writing, and if writing is information, then what are we as humans?
Genesis 1 27 of the King James Bible tells us that …”God created man in his own image…”
So, if God is information, then it follows that we humans are also information because he made us in his image. Are we simply information? Is our soul information? Each of us has his or her life history stored inside the brain–a message that has a very special meaning. All our memories, our lives and our loves, our moods, our likes and dislikes, all this information is stored up there in our brain, right alongside the Word of God.
If The Word, the Bible, is both God and Jesus, then what does the Bible tell us to do with the Word of God?
John 15 7 of the World English Bible tells us that “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.”
This is a quote from Jesus (who is The Word), and he is saying that if the Word of God (his words from the Holy Bible) remain in us, then that means that we will be in him, just as he is in us. And that will mean that we can have whatever we want, even eternal life. But how does this condition address the question of having Christ in us while we are dead so that we may receive the better resurrection and not have to worry about the second death?
Luke 8 15 of the World English Bible tells us “That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
So, we need to hold on to the Word of God tightly. But do we need to do that even while we are dead?
Revelation chapter 2 25-26 of the Bible in Basic English says that: “But what you have, keep safe till I come. He who overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him I will give rule over the nations…”
Looking at that same verse from the World English Bible, it says that we need to “…hold that which you have firmly until I come. He who overcomes, and he who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.”
This is Jesus speaking to us via John. So, we need to keep (in the sense of “hold on to”) the works of Jesus (the Word of God) until “the end,” or in other words, until Jesus comes back again, and if we do hold on to the Word of God until the Second Coming, then we will be resurrected first, and thus receive the better resurrection, and rule beside him for 1000 years, and thus have no need to fear the second death.
And the original Greek of that verse above shows us that the word “keeps” here means to “watch over” or “to guard”, from the original Greek word “teros,” which means “guard.”
So Jesus wants us to guard or watch over his works (the Word of God) until the end, until the second coming and the resurrection, when he comes again. But is it even possible to keep the Word of God inside us until the second coming? More on that later….
And what are his works? The Bible…the Word of God…the information in the Bible which is stored inside each of us as part of our memories….the Word of God stored inside us is Christ, who is The Word made flesh who walked among us. Our memories of his teachings are the God inside of us.
John 14 24 of the World English Bible tells us that “He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words.”
Again, the word “keep” here means to watch over or guard, from the original word Greek word “teros”, which is from the original biblical text.
From Luke 11 28: King James Bible: “…blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Again, the original Biblical text here is the Greek word for “keep” –which is based on the Greek word “teros,” which means “guard”.
But what does keeping his word safe inside of you until the resurrection do for you? 1 John 3 24 from The Bible In Basic English says “He who keeps his laws is in God and God is in him.”
So, if you have the Word of God inside you, he–the Lord Jesus–will be in you. Another version of this same verse, from the American Standard Version Bible says that “…he that keepeth his commandments abideth in him, and he in him.”
The word “keep” as used here means guard or watch over, from the Greek word Teros, which was the original Biblical text, as before. So if you guard the word inside you, even while dead, Jesus will abide in you and you will abide in him. John chapter 8 verse 51 (World English Bible) says: ”if a person keeps my word, he will never see death…
The word “keeps” means to guard or watch over, and that word from the original bible text has as its Greek root the word “teros,” which means guard. So the Bible is telling us that if we guard or watch over The Word that is stored inside us we can live forever. And that we need to guard The Word inside us even while dead, and keep it inside us until the resurrection, the Second Coming, when Jesus returns to us.
If we want to be in Christ while we are dead, then Christ (The Word) must be in us as well. If he abides in us, then we will abide in him and will live forever. He is of course The Word, The Word of God is God inside of us. To be ‘dead in Christ’ or to ‘sleep in Christ’ therefore means to store and guard the word inside you even while you are dead. This is a primary purpose of cryonics–to store the Word of God (which is God and Jesus) inside of us until the Second Coming and the Resurrection. Doing this will assure us of the better resurrection, the first resurrection, and thus also ensure us of eternal life.
Let’s see what else the Bible has to say about long-term storage of the Word of God inside of us. In Revelation 3 11 (from the NET Bible), we hear Jesus say the following: “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown.”
Here, we have Jesus telling his followers that he will be coming back to Earth soon, and that we need to hold on to what we have until then. But just what is it that we have that is so important? We have the Word of God inside of us.
But what is the crown referred to here in Revelation 3 11?
In Revelation 2:10 (American Standard Version Bible), it says that “Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.”
So, we can have eternal life, the crown of life, but we need to hold onto the Word of God inside of us, even unto death. We have been told to guard it, to watch over it, even in death. By having the Word of God stored inside of us while dead, and guarding it there until Jesus comes again, and we are resurrected, we are thus “dead with Christ,” and are thus assured of being the first resurrected.
The Bible refers to keeping The Word inside of us a great many times. Here is yet another example of that command:
Deuteronomy 11 18 (Bible in Basic English): “So keep these words deep in your heart and in your soul, and have them fixed on your hand for a sign and marked on your brow.”
2 Timothy 1 14 (World English Bible) tells us that “That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.”
This ‘good thing’ is the Word of God.
1 John 2 24 (World English Bible) reads as follows: “Therefore, as for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father.”
The American Standard Version of 1 John 2 24 offers a slightly different wording: “As for you, let that abide in you which ye heard from the beginning. If that which ye heard from the beginning abide in you, ye also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father.”
1 John 2 24 in International Standard Version Bible uses a more modern wording: “What you have heard from the beginning must abide in you. If what you have heard from the beginning abides in you, you will also abide in the Son and in the Father. “
So here we see another example of how Jesus is telling us that by having the Word of God inside of us, he will remain (abide) in us, and we will remain (abide) in him–even while we are dead. It must remain there for all time. Recall that in order to be the first resurrected, you must be dead in Christ, and in order to be in Him, He must also be in you. Who is He that must be inside you while you are dead? He is the Word of Life.
However, those Christians who die and go to the grave or are cremated will not be guarding the precious Word of God inside them until the Second Coming. The Word of God inside them will have been long lost to the decay of the grave by the time Christ returns.
Currently, at this point in time, mankind is nowhere near being able to resurrect the dead through science. It will certainly take many decades, and maybe even centuries before we are able to raise the dead for God. And by that time the dead who go to the grave will have lost the information stored inside their brain, and the Word of God and their own personal memories will have been destroyed due to decay, and all information that was stored in their brains will have been dissipated, lost to the ground, to worms, to tree roots and insects that burrow into their brains and destroy the information stored therein. Not only will the decay of the grave steal the Word of God, but it will also cause the loss of personal memories and other information that make us a unique person. Our soul, in other words. The Word of God and our personal memories are going to be necessary for a proper resurrection, the better resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15 35 – 37 of the NET Bible addresses the information that will form the core of our new resurrection bodies once we are revived from cryostasis…it says here: “But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?’ Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else.”
But what exactly is that “something else” that is the seed of our immortal post-resurrection bodies? Luke 8 11 (King James Bible) specifies the nature of that seed: “…The seed is the word of God.”
The Word of God is the seed corn of our future resurrection body, that precious information, that is the seed corn, along with all our unique personal memories, which makes us who we are. But in order to reap the better resurrection, the first resurrection, the Word of God must be stored inside of us and guarded from decay until He comes again. We must protect the word against the decay of the grave. We must guard the word and our memories against the decay of the grave.
Indeed, the Bible shows us that the very act of stopping decay of the grave, becoming imperishable, is in and of itself Godly. From Romans 1 23 (Weymouth New Testament): “instead of worshipping the imperishable God, they worshipped images resembling perishable man or resembling birds or beasts or reptiles.…”
From Romans 8 21 (World English Bible), we see that “creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.”
That is what the life extension movement, transhumanism and cryonics are all about–ending our bondage to decay…ending our slavery to death…defeating death for God and ensuring immortality on earth for mankind, or at least for those who have preserved and guarded the Word of God even after death…thus preserving God’s vital information until the second coming and the resurrection. By baptizing ourselves in liquid nitrogen at death for cryopreservation, we avoid decay.
The Bible tells us about how Jesus fought against the decay of death. Acts 2 27 (World English Bible) tells us that “because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.”
The Holy One here is Jesus. Acts 2 31 (World English Bible) explains how Jesus fought against decay and thus was able to be resurrected: “he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.”
We cryonicists want to die like Jesus–without decaying, and thus preserving our memories inside us for all time, including the Word of God. The Bible says that Jesus did not decay and that Jesus is associated with being imperishable…while man decays, and is perishable.
As further evidence of how God is commanding us to avoid the decay of the grave, let’s look at Acts 13 35 (World English Bible): “Therefore he says also in another psalm, ‘You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.’”
Another version of this same verse, from the New Living Translation bible, says. “You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.” (NLT)
As for more evidence regarding the resurrection of Jesus and how he did not undergo decay, see Acts 13 37 (World English Bible): “But he whom God raised up saw no decay.”
And from Psalm 16 10 (New American Standard Bible): “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.”
A primary purpose of cryonics is to defeat death through avoiding decay, as did Jesus, thus avoiding the loss of information from our brain. That precious information includes the Word of God, which the Bible tells us that we must guard at all costs, even unto death.
Philippians 3 10-11 (NET Bible) tells us that the the disciples of Christ also sought to emulate Jesus, to die like Jesus, and thus be resurrected like Jesus: “My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, and to be like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Cryonicists see cryopreservation and baptism in liquid nitrogen at death, followed by long-term storage in liquid nitrogen as the path to avoiding the decay of death, and thus preserving vital information–our personal memories, along with the Word of God, which will become the seed corn of our new resurrection body, as as the pathway to immortality on earth.
The spirit, your soul, is information, pure information, information that can be transferred from one form to another, from one body to another, for all time, down through the centuries, thus allowing immortality. Just as the Word of God is information, and can be transferred and copied down the centuries from one book to another, from one form to another, from one language to another, likewise, our personal memories, our soul, can also be copied and transferred for time everlasting, as long as the Word of God and our memories are guarded and watched over. God hates the loss of information, for it is He who created all information. Guard his information inside you for all time.
1 Corinthians 15 54 (International Standard Version) depicts the future that we immortalists, transhumanists, and cryonicists want to reach: “Now, when what is decaying is clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying is clothed with what cannot die, then the written word will be fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up by victory!’”
So when the science of the future ensures that we will be freed from our bondage to decay, freed from the slavery of death, and our bodies will not be subject to the decrepitude of old age, then mankind will be immortal through the power of advanced future science, then we will have defeated death for God. Remember that God prepared us to do good things for him. We are his tool. And science is our tool.
Cryonicists and other life extensionists are often mocked in the media, and are seen by many as cranks or as deluded. Cryonics is often denigrated by the establishment. But the Bible tells us that those who faithfully follow the teachings of the Bible will be hated. 1 John 3 13 (World English Bible) says: “Don’t be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.”
And from Matthew 10 22 (World English Bible): “You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.”
And Matthew 10 36 (King James Bible) tells us that “A man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
If you decide to freeze your brain at death, and keep the Word of God safe inside you until the Second Coming, then you may be an object of ridicule. But don’t worry about it. Isaiah 51 7-8 (New International Version) tells us “Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults.”
That’s right. Those who reject cryonics and life extension are indeed mere mortals. They will go to the decay of the grave without guarding the Word of God inside them. But if we follow the guidelines set out for us in the Bible, we can live forever. But if we do so, we will have to learn to have a thick skin and bear up to the insults cast at us by mainstream society.
Currently, there are around 2000 people signed up for cryonics. Not very many, considering the population of America, which is over 300 million.
However, the Bible tells us that few will chose the path God has set before us. See for example Luke 13 24 (World English Bible): “Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.”
Certainly cryonics and life extension is the narrow door. So very few Americans will choose cryonics and radical life extension. Almost all Americans go the grave or are cremated, thus losing their personal memories and the Word of God stored inside them, losing that information for all time.
As Matthew 22 14 (King James Bible) tells us, “Many are called, but few are chosen.”
Indeed. The Bible calls us to eternal life, to immortality, but so few of us are willing to do what it takes to grab onto that chance for immortality.
Matthew 7 13 (American Standard Version) says, “Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.
Indeed. The vast majority of mankind will not chose to help raise the dead. And the vast majority will go to the grave and fail to guard the Word inside them until the second coming. That is the choice they make–they choose the wide gate–and they will pay for that choice on Judgment Day. They will be resurrected, but they will not receive the better resurrection, the first resurrection, and without having guarded the Word inside them while dead, they will face the lake of fire and the second death. God told them via the Bible to raise the dead and to store the word inside them even while dead, until the Second Coming. But they disregarded his instructions.
Romans 2 7 (NET Bible) says “eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality,
So, eternal life to those who seek immortality, those who seek immortality through their own good deeds. You can be immortal, but God helps those who help themselves. You have to grab onto that chance!
God didn’t make you so that your essence –your memories and the Word of God stored inside you– could be destroyed by the decay of the grave. God made you to fight for eternal life, and to work for eternal life. God didn’t send his only begotten son down here to die on the cross so that your memories and The Word stored inside you could be destroyed forever by the grave. He designed you to fight for immortality.
God wants you to seek after immortality and to be pro-active about it. God wants you to guard the precious Word inside you, for it is the seed corn of your resurrection body.
One obstacle to obtaining immortality via freezing your head might be the expense. There are currently two cryonics companies. With the use of life insurance, the cost of the more expensive of the two cryonics companies might be somewhere in the range of 100 to 200 dollars a month for life insurance premium payment and cryonics membership organizational dues. The less expensive cryonics company would cost less, perhaps 25 dollars to 75 dollars month. If that is too expensive, you might explore the possibility of starting your own cryonics company, together with like-minded Christians in your area.
The important thing to realize is that if you want to live forever, the Bible is telling us that we need to take action to obtain immortality. Deeds are what matter in God’s eyes–raising the dead, healing the sick, preserving the Word of God inside you forever. This takes work. It is not enough to simply pray. It is not enough to just have a relationship with God. You need to do more than just pray and go to church.
As Galatians 6 7 (American Standard Version) tells us “…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
If we want to reap immortality, we must first sow immortality. You are not going to sow immortality by praying and going to church.
You can sow immortality by doing what God wants us to do–give to charity to help the poor and the sick, and also help to raise the dead back to life. You can raise the dead by putting yourself in position to become one of the Resurrectables, a cryonicist, one of those who will be baptized in liquid nitrogen at death, dying like Jesus — without decay — and thus being resurrected like Jesus–without decay, and thus keeping and not losing the precious Word of God stored inside you, along with your own personal memories. You reap immortality by being among the first resurrected, among those who receive the better resurrection.
The Bible gives us a choice–we can chose immortality by helping to raise the dead and preserving the Word of God inside us forever. Or we can chose the grave, the wide gate, the wide path, the path that leads to the destruction of the grave.
And what awaits those who go to the grave? Job 7 9 (New International Version): “As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.”
That is the choice for all of us–do we go to the grave or do we go to the liquid nitrogen, for long-term storage in the cryostat or the dewar?
But those who go to the grave, although they may be resurrected, will not receive the better resurrection and will not have their names written in the Book of Life. Thus, they face the second death and the lake of fire on Judgment Day. What does the Bible mean by “the Lake of Fire” and the “second death” that will await the resurrected that have not written their names in the Book of Life? No human can truly know the mind of God, but this is likely an allegory for the situation where the decay of the grave has caused loss of vital information, the information that makes each of us who we are. Once that vital information is lost, there is no chance of true resurrection. What will those resurrected from the grave be like? Zombies, perhaps?
This leads us to the question of whether the Bible commands us to preserve the Word of God inside us until the second coming because God knows that if we preserve the Word inside us while dead, then we must also necessarily preserve our memories and the other information in our brains that make us a unique person. Perhaps this task of preserving the Word while dead is simply a way for God to get us to preserve our personal memories. The preservation of those memories would be necessary for resurrection. Hence, the name Resurrectables for those who are baptized at death in liquid nitrogen, and stored long-term in cryostats and dewars, thus staving off the decay of the grave and preserving memories. Perhaps God spoke to us through the Bible in a way that the people of historical times could understand. The people of centuries past did not understand the brain or how memories are stored. They did not understand information theory. They had no science in those days. So God spoke to them in a way they might understand. They could understand the command to save the Word inside them even while dead. That is a simple command. Hard to carry out that command, but at least understandable.
To those who help raise the dead and preserve the Word inside them until the second coming, God promises a life without death and without tears. But what does that mean?
Is our life so sad these days? Yes, we all live with the prospect of death, but aside from the issue of death, could our lives be better? How will the advanced science of distant future make our everyday lives better? Hebrews 6 5 King James Bible speaks about the post-resurrection heaven on earth: “And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,”
The powers of the world to come! What wonders will science and God bring to us? It would not seem unrealistic to imagine that after the resurrection, we Resurrectables, we immortals who are God’s Children will inhabit a veritable Paradise on Earth, a technological Garden of Eden, all our needs and wants and desires satisfied by the science of the future.
We shall want for nothing, and we shall fear nothing, for with God on our side and with us wielding reason and logic and science as a tool, nothing is beyond us. We will surely travel the universe, given an immortal lifespan.
All we could possibly want or need shall be provided for us through science. That is what the Bible is telling us awaits us in the distant future, once science knows all and can do all. No need to work or fear death, either.
We can devote ourselves to learning, to traveling through countless galaxies, time itself our servant, the universe our plaything.