Scars and Deformities in Eternity?

Q. Today I have read your thoughts on the scars of Christ’s incorruptible body, and the thought that ‘my’ scars may be permanent is quite a disappointment. I have several pronounced scars and half a left thumb and these are just ugly and I don’t much care. I don’t mind being ugly in a genderless afterlife but both my eyes have had the lens removed and synthetic replacements installed. I do not look forward to being totally blind for eternity. The verses you gave did not cause me to think that damage done to our mortal bodies would not be transferred to our replacements. Can you help?

A. In Rev. 5: 6 John reported seeing a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, at the throne of God. Scholars have interpreted that as meaning the Lord still bears the scars of his crucifixion and add that the marks of His humiliation have become the marks of His glory. The fact that He showed them to Thomas after His resurrection bears this out.

But there’s no Scriptural basis for you to apply that detail about the Lord’s body to yours. 1 John 3:2 says what we will be has not been made known but when we see the Lord we will be like Him. It doesn’t say we will look like Him. And Paul said that just as a plant that grows does not resemble the seed that was planted, but God gives it a body as He has determined, so will our resurrection bodies be. They’ll be sown in dishonor but raised in glory, and sown in weakness but raised in power. (1 Cor. 15:37-38, 42-44).

In summary, no one knows what our resurrection bodies will look like. But from Romans 8:30 we do know that we’ll have glorified bodies. The Greek word means our bodies will be made glorious. You won’t have any reason to be disappointed in the way you look.

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