(Continued research for my next historical novel: “Peter and Paul”)
In the teaching imparted to Peter, the concept of death must have been quite different to that assumed by us. It seems that the dead were all who have not been, as yet, spiritually awakened. Yet there is no clear explanation what constitutes spiritual awakening.
Yet, it seems very apparent that something very fundamental must take place in our psyche.
We have two clues.
1. Let the dead bury their dead. (Luke 9:60)
2. Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matthew 11:11)
It sounds as though John did not quite make it through the Pearly Gates. On the other hand, it seems that no matter what we do, or how good we are, this has nothing to do with entering the kingdom of heaven.
A mystery? Peter must have solved it in order to teach as he did. In my Beyond Religion series, I discuss Salvation and a number of subjects that weigh on the mysteries I must resolve for this book.
I must solve them by the time I write the novel! Mystery, suspense and magic? The science of yesteryear?