Lights of ‘Irfán Book Nine 417
In this context we must remember St. Paul's statement in ICorinthians 15:50-54:Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannotinherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruptioninherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; Weshall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In amoment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: forthe trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raisedincorruptible, and we shall be changed. For thiscorruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortalmust put on immortality. So when this corruptible shallhave put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have puton immortality, then shall be brought to pass the sayingthat is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.From this it is clear that, even in Christian thought, it is thespiritual that is vital and eternal, not the material. The ways inwhich Christian theologians have interpreted and understoodthese teachings vary, but the essential elements are in accordboth with Bahá’í teaching and with the accounts that we read inthe New Testament.In discussing these matters, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, in "Some AnsweredQuestions", rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1985),pp. 103-4, points out that Jesus states that He "came downfrom heaven", whereas it is known that from a physical point ofview He was born as a baby in this material world. Thus His"descent" from "heaven" was a spiritual event, and "likewise Hisascension to heaven is a spiritual and not material ascension".Concerning the location of the burial site of Jesus' sacredremains, a letter dated 22 March 1982 written on behalf of theUniversal House of Justice to an individual believer states:Pilgrims have recorded in their notes oral statements made by'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi to the effect that the discipleshid the body of Christ by burying it under the wall ofJerusalem, and that it is now under the Church of the HolySepulchre. The House of Justice knows of nothing in theWritings of the Faith, however, explicitly confirming thesestatements.
The Return of Jesus
...poses a second question: "Why did Christ explain Hissecond coming with such detail in the book of Revelations if itwere all symbolical?" The "Kitáb-i-Íqán" identifies Christ's