We are so used to saying it, has become a ‘part’! of death. RIP for those who are not aware of what this stands for; after the ‘passing’/death/end of one’s life. To family and friends, we state “may they Rest In Peace”.
Where? Why? To what do we refer?
The acronym R.I.P., though containing the same initial letters as the phrase rest in peace, originates from a Latin phrase with the same meaning: requiescat in pace, “may (the deceased person) rest in peace.” … appeared first in 1613 as an abbreviation for requiescat in pace, then in 1681 for rest in peace.
Rest in peace. said to express the hope that someone’s spirit has found peace after death: She was a decent and compassionate woman: may she rest in peace. abbreviation RIP often written on a gravestone. Remembering people who have died.
So, “Rest”? Entails what? Are individuals after death going to rise again?
We could discuss it for eons. Is sleep rest?
When does that rest end?
Jesus said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn.
Jesus said: “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.”
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the Heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
We stand at a steep precipice. SLEEP! What is the definition?
Rest? From what?
We are ALL here on a journey:
After being here; then What, Where, How?
I have heard so many things! Where do our ‘memories’ go? Are you not a product of your actions? Are your memories not you?
What makes you, You? Individual experiences. You are YOU! No one else.
Even Siamese twins are different! We do not have to discuss Twins which are two offspring produced by the same pregnancy. Twins can be either monozygotic (‘identical’), meaning that they develop from one zygote, which splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic (‘fraternal’), meaning that each twin develops from a separate egg and each egg is fertilized by its own sperm cell.
The reason we state this is that each individual does exactly what they are moved to do.
A little stroll back:
The Bible records three cases of twins. The known twins of the Bible include the following:
Jacob and Esau: These two brothers are certainly the best-known set of twins in Scripture. Isaac, the son of Abraham, and his wife, Rebekah, are the first couple mentioned in the Bible to have twins. Genesis 25:22–26 says, “The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. The Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.’ When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.”
These two brothers would continue in conflict, with Jacob stealing their father’s blessing and then running away to live with his uncle Laban. However, Jacob would indeed become the stronger of the two brothers, fathering twelve sons who would become the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Perez and Zerah: The account of twins Perez and Zerah can be found in Genesis 38. Jacob’s son Judah slept with a woman he thought was a prostitute, only to find out later it was his widowed daughter-in-law, Tamar. King David would later descend from the family line of Perez (Ruth 4:18). Matthew 1:3 notes Perez in the line of ancestors of Jesus Christ.
Thomas Didymus: The Gospel of John notes that Thomas was called Didymus, a Greek word meaning “twin” (John 11:16). The name Thomas also means “twin” in Aramaic, a common language of Jesus’ time. This likely indicates that Thomas was one of two twin brothers. The same title is given in John 20:24 and 21:2. However, Thomas’s twin brother is never specifically mentioned in Scripture. There is speculation that Thomas and Matthew were twins due to their names often being listed together in the Gospels. But this is just speculation.
Cain and Abel: It is possible Cain and Abel were twins, but the Bible does not explicitly indicate this. It depends on how much laterAbel was born: “Eve became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. . . . Later she gave birth to his brother Abel” (Genesis 4:1-2). Was it minutes later or more than nine months later? The Bible does not say.
Finally, Acts 28:11 notes that, on their voyage to Rome, Paul, Luke, and others were boarded on “an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.” Today, these twin gods of ancient myth are often called the Gemini.
This underlines that we are all different. Born for a reason.
Once again, where do we end up?
For the naysayers, do ‘memories’ fade away? What are you? You are memories in that vessel that is your body!
I will challenge you, where do those memories go? What becomes of them?
Picasso, Rembrant, Da Vinci all memories still with us. What will your memories be? Where will they be?