Of course, only God can do that, but that isn't the point. The point is that the body hasn't been subject to the natural processes of decay. If not a miracle, then how do you account for the immunity to that "universal" natural process??
"That is so typical of the RC/EO system which relies so much on the outside, the visual aides, using countless statues, paintings, icons, relics, etc. that are just another form of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life.
There's nothing wrong with using visual aids. The PURPOSE of all those "visual aids" (if you bother to study history) is to EDUCATE the congregation in the faith. You've got to remember that up until Gutenberg, the vast majority of peopl e COULD NOT READ. So all those things you refer to were teaching aids to help in understanding the faith. The rest of the sentence about "lust this and lust that" is simply BS.
"The apostles refused and rebuked any veneration toward themselves, pointing souls to Jesus Christ."
Of course they did. But this didn't keep even their shadows from having miraculous effects.
"When youve truly been filled with the Holy Ghost, the last thing you are going to do is dig up dead bodies to venerate." "The harvest that the Lord demands is done during the day, when there is the light of life, not in the darkness of death."
Actually, the Lord works anywhere and everywhere He wills, light or dark.
**Of course, only God can do that, but that isn’t the point. The point is that the body hasn’t been subject to the natural processes of decay**
The point is..IT HAS DECAYED. It cannot function, there is no life in it ..AT..ALL.
**So all those things you refer to were teaching aids..**
The Holy Ghost does the teaching, not statues, and definitely not dead, corrupted, corpses.
Shadows of living, breathing, Holy Ghost filled saints of God.
**Actually, the Lord works anywhere and everywhere He wills, light or dark.**
That’s either a dodge, or my comment on light and darkness was misunderstood. Jesus said work while it is day, for the night cometh when no man can work. When the light of life is gone from a man his work is over; so IMO, leave him in the grave.
I close my testimony in this thread saying, IMO, that the defense of displaying dead bodies, after they have been buried for some time, is (as Paul would say) vain babblings.
In the faith of what, exactly???