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I have encountered a guy online who insists that Christ no longer has human flesh or a human body. Sometimes he seems to say that Christ no longer has a human nature but I haven't been able to pin him down on that.

This doesn't sound like any of the major heresies I'm familiar with from the first five centuries of the church and I'm wondering if it has a name; I haven't been able to find one for this and would like to research it -- and having a name would help.

For what it's worth, one of his arguments is that the phrase "in the days of His flesh" in Hebrews indicates that Christ no longer has flesh.

edit: This guy affirms that salvation was achieved on the Cross, and agrees that physical existence is good, but seems to regard Christ's human body as a sort of temporary tool for accomplishing redemption and thus no longer necessary. He also gives the impression that having a human body in heaven would be degrading.

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  • Sounds like Gnosticism to me. One tenet of it is that salvation comes only by having the "right" knowledge. The other main tenet is that the physical body and flesh is evil and sinful, and only the "spiritual" form of anything can be good.
    – Jed Schaaf
    Commented Apr 29 at 22:24
  • Neither of those matches. This guy affirms that salvation was achieved on the Cross, and agrees that physical existence is good, but seems to regard Christ's human body as a sort of temporary tool for accomplishing redemption and thus is no longer necessary. He also gives the impression that having a human body in heaven would be degrading. / I think I'm going to copy part of this to the post itself.
    – Traildude
    Commented May 3 at 21:33
  • A few questions that might help narrow down the answer: 1) Does this guy identify as part of a tradition or denomination? 2) Does he deny that the post-resurrection appearances were Christ in his physical body (i.e., does he deny a physical resurrection), or does he claim that the shedding of the body occurred sometime later, such as at the ascension? 3) Does he claim that Christ no longer has a human nature in any sense, or is it just the body that's no more? Commented May 3 at 21:47
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    It’s called common sense. Not very common however!!
    – 007
    Commented May 3 at 22:43
  • 2 Peter 1:13–14 says "Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.". The physical human body (including Jesus's) is only a temporary dwelling (some translations use the word "tent"), similar in form but not substance to the immortal spiritual body that the saved (including Jesus) are reborn into. How is that heresy? Commented May 4 at 0:59

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