Ancient Sodomites get resurrected?

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  • Honesty

    Scans of this doctrine on video for your viewing pleasure:

  • Fatfreek

    Thanks, Honesty. MrKatt (the originator?) did a fine job with that video. Thanks for sharing.


  • WTWizard

    They can't make up their minds. Instead, they will tell you they never had the original position on the subject.

    And I still can't see why the Sodomites were so outrageously wicked. So they practiced homosexuality and idolatry. But, what harm were they doing to others? Did they initiate the use of force, threat of force, and/or fraud more than the Israelites? Did they go on crusades to kill off people that happened to be occupying their future land, solely because they were not God machines? I don't think so, and therefore I can't see why they had to go.

  • Mary

    Mary: 1965 - Will be resurrected
    1967 - Will not be resurrected

    Hmmm ... I think I've seen these two dates before but haven't been able to confirm the reversals with WT quotations. Can you help us on these, Mary?

    Sorry, I'm just seeing this now. Here's the quotes you're looking for:

    Watchtower 1965 August 1 p.479 Questions from Readers

    [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected]

    Questions from Readers

    • Since Jude 7 shows that Sodom and Gomorrah became a "warning example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire," does that not bar the inhabitants of those cities from a resurrection?-A.C., U.S.A.

    Reading only that verse, without our taking into consideration what the rest of the Bible has to say on the matter, one might draw such a conclusion. But other scriptures present additional facts that cannot be ignored if we are going to arrive at a sound conclusion.

    For example, at Matthew 11:23 it is written: "If the powerful works that took place in [Capernaum] had taken place in Sodom, it would have remained until this very day." Obviously, this does not mean that the same individuals who were living in Sodom at the time of its destruction would have remained alive for over 1900 years down to the time when Jesus spoke those words, but that the city would have remained as an inhabited place.

    Then the next verse refers to the Judgment Day, saying: "Consequently I say to you people, It will be more endurable for the land of Sodom on Judgment Day than for you." (Matt. 11:24) Similarly, at Matthew 10:15 are recorded Jesus' words: "Truly I say to you, It will be more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than for that city" where the people would reject the message carried by Jesus' disciples. For it to be "more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah" than for others, it would be necessary for former inhabitants of that land to be present on Judgment Day. It is not the literal land, the ground, that is to be judged. Revelation chapter 20 shows that it will be persons raised from the dead who will stand "before the throne." Nor will judgment be passed on them as groups, as former inhabitants of certain lands, but they will be "judged individually according to their deeds" during the time of judgment. So apparently individuals who used to live in that land will be resurrected.-Rev. 20:12, 13.

    What is it, then, that underwent "the judicial punishment of everlasting fire"? While the inhabitants of the cities were certainly destroyed, apparently it was not the people but the cities themselves that were everlastingly destroyed. They have not been rebuilt down to this day. Notably, J. Penrose Harland wrote: "It has been shown that Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim were doubtless situated in the area now covered by the waters of the southern part of the Dead Sea."-The Biblical Archaeologist Reader (1961), page 59; see also Isaiah 13:19, 20.

    What happened to the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah at the time that Jehovah rained fire and sulphur on them from heaven stands as a warning to all to avoid immoral conduct such as was carried on in those cities.

    Watchtower 1967 July 1 p. 409 This the Bible describes as the “second death.” (Rev. 20:14) It means the death from which there is no resurrection. They will be burned up root and branch, as completely gone forever as the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
  • VM44

    What purpose would it serve to create replica bodies and imprint the mind of said bodies with the memories of people that lived thousands of years ago?

    Sure, the created bodies will think they are the people of old, but what good does that do the original people? They are still dead!

    The Watch Tower's concept of The Resurrection offers no hope at all!

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