The Name God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. The church believed cremation denied the resurrection of the body.
The Hebrew conception of what it means to be a human being includes by body and spirit. It is only when the two are joined as in the Genesis quote, that there is human life. Other quotes include: Genesis 4:4, Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:1, and Leviticus 17:14.”
Zoroastrianism gave us ideas of a cosmic struggle between right and wrong, a judgment for each individual after death archangels and angels, the coming of a Messiah at the end of this age, and an apocalypse culminating in the final triumph of Good. This separates soul and body, that God judges, and that which returns to earth. In the original Judeo-Christian view, as represented with Catholic cremation, if the body is no more, there can be no resurrection. If it is in the ground, we can make pretend it does not rot.
“The other beasts, their dominion taken away, were granted a prolongation of life… I saw coming with the clouds of heaven one like a son of man…” This is misinterpreted. The comparison is between beasts, the principalities, and the powers, and Ben Adam, one who is very human. Psalm 146:3, “Put not your trust in princes, in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” Surely, this Psalm is not talking about Jesus. Ben Adam, Son of Man, refers to all people.
Mark 2 is the paralytic healing. “Who but God alone can forgive deviations?” Jesus responds, “That you may Ben Adam has authority to forgive deviations on earth, “Rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” Mark has Jesus keeping his being Messiah secret. If Ben Adam is Messiah, why call himself Ben Adam? Matthew ends his version with, “When the crowds saw this, awe struck them. They gave doxology to God who gave authority to human beings.” The point we call can and should forgive deviations
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him, all things were created, in the heavens and upon the earth, visible and things invisible, thrones, dominions or powers or principalities; all things were created through him, and to him. Colossians 1:15 1
The rulers of this age set themselves up as gods. “God stands in the congregation of god; in the midst of the judges, He judges. Elohim you are sons of the Most High.” People in the past worshiped the sun and moon. Should we pretend they are not there? Luther pointed out how some worship money. ii We should not use it?
Jesus is the firstborn of creation. He is the prototype setting the example for the rest of us. He leads us through the death of his Passion, and into the resurrection. Manichaeism came from the Persian prophet, Mani, Augustine fought for decades and borrowed from Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism influenced the Gospels and Epistles. One example is Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher/happiness. The book of Enoch mentions Phanuel as the archangel of Penance. Jesus will preach penance. Luke uses the Antioch School’s type to foreshadow Jesus as a preacher of Penance, which in turn brings happiness. Matthew has the Magi. Matthew uses Zoroastrianism astrology to predict Messiah’s coming.
וְהוּא צֶלֶם הָאֱלׂהִים הַנֶּעְלָם וּבְכוֹר כָּל־נִבְרָא כִּי־בוֹ נִבְרָא כּׂל אֲשֶׁר בַּשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲשֶׁר בָּאָרֶץ כּׂל הַנִּרְאֶה וְכׂל אֲשֶׁר־אֵינֶנּוּ נִרְאֶה הֵן 1 כִּסְאוֹת וּמֶמְשָׁלוֹת הֵן שְׂרָרוֹת וְרָשֻׁיּוֹת הַכּׂל נִבְרָא עַל־יָדוֹ וּלְמַעֲנֵהוּ
2 Migliore, Daniel L. (2004-06-01). Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology (Kindle Locations 272-274). Eerdmans Publishing Co – A. Kindle Edition