JWs will say they believe in a resurrection of dead humans to earth (the most ancient to be Abel, son of Adam) after God destroys wicked mankind in Armeggedon. They use the word ?resurrection? based on:
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Definition: A·na´sta·sis, the Greek word translated ?resurrection,? literally means ?a standing up again? and it refers to a rising up from death.
So how will Abel?s long decayed remains be resurrected?
*** ts chap. 19 p. 171 Billions Now Dead Will Soon Live Again ***Moreover, it would not be reasonable to insist that precisely the same atoms be regathered to form their restored body. After death, and through the process of decay, the human body is converted into other organic chemicals. These may be absorbed by plants, and people may eat these plants or their fruit. Thus the atomic elements making up the deceased person can eventually come to be in other people. Obviously, at the time of the resurrection the identical atoms cannot be reassembled in every person brought back from the dead.
So that means a new body?
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?But if a person is thus re-created,? someone may say, ?is he really the same person? Is he not just a copy?? No, for this reasoning overlooks the fact earlier mentioned that even in life our bodies are constantly undergoing change. About seven years ago the molecules making up our bodies were different from the molecules forming them today. We even differ in appearance as the years go by. Yet, do we not have the same fingerprints? Are we not the same persons? Most certainly.
Now which of the two following definitions apply?
RESURRECT [fr. to rise again] To restore to life; to reanimate; to bring to view again (that what was forgotten or lost); also, to exhume. Webster?s New Collegiate Dictionary
REINCARNATE To cause to be reborn in another body; incarnate again. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language