I've been reading through L. Ray Smith's site recently; some great stuff, don't agree with it all but a lot of real gold on there! Was particularly awestruck by the feasts of Unleavened Bread (with the Wave Sheaf), First Fruits and Tabernacles respectively. I was pretty sold on UR already after learning about all the various gehenna/aeon stuff (old hat to you all now!), but to me the symbolism of the feasts is almost the most conclusive of the lot. I mean, we can debate meanings of words, but no one can deny that those things were types and shadows fulfilled in Christ, and what they symbolise seems strikingly clear.
Anyhoo, one of his main ideas seems to be "first the physical, then the spiritual" - how God is creating us in His image, and because God is spirit, L. Ray Smith seems to strongly believe that our physicality is linked with our carnal minds, both of which will be done away with (either at the resurrection or in the judgement/LoF, I can't remember).
This grates with me slightly; it seems an awfully long winded way to do something to create a whole reality only as a means to an end, only to entirely destroy it and save just the purified essence. Like, buying a complicated and expensive coffee machine just to get the smell of fresh coffee in your house! Likewise, the messages regarding resurrection often seem to revolve around sowing seeds; sown perishable, raised imperishable. Yes, our resurrection bodies will be very different, but surely there is continuity there? A seed is different to a tree but there is nevertheless something of the seed in the tree. Given that our creation contains great beauty, that God will be all in all and knowledge of Him will fill the earth like the waters cover the sea, doesn't this suggest physical-and-then-so-much-more, rather than utter destruction of all that is material and only continuation of the spiritual? Didn't the resurrected Christ eat with His disciples specifically to demonstrate that He wasn't just a ghost or some ethereal thing?
And if everything physical is going to be destroyed, how can there even be any meaningful continuity for us between this age and the next? If call concepts of movement, dwelling places, nourishment and so on are done away with for some 6th dimensional craziness, how is any of my earthly experience going to have any bearing, and therefore how can I be in any way the same person?
I have been taught that the idea of our spirits wafting off to a transcendent and ethereal plane when we die is a platonist imposition; that Hebraic tradition is very happy with our physicality and that God can and will redeem creation (in some pretty mind boggling way), not just use it as a scrapbook to be burned when it's served it's purpose.
What think you folks?