The Ancient Greeks believed very strongly in life after death. They believed that our spirit is imprisoned in our physical bodies; that when our physical body dies, we are released from our prison; that this is a great and joyous event. Perhaps some of you have seen the painting of Socrates committing suicide in which the artist depicts an atmosphere of great joy: Socrates’ spirit is about to be released from the bodily prison.
All through the scriptures there is an emphasis on the soul/body nature of a person. We are body and soul. Consequently, if our physical body is going to be destroyed, how can we conceive of continuing existence?
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