From the beginning, Christian faith in the resurrection has met with incomprehension and opposition. On no point does the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resurrection of the body. It is very commonly accepted that the life of the human person continues in a spiritual fashion after death. (the Greeks called this belief the immortality of the soul) But how can we believe that this body, so clearly mortal, could rise to everlasting life?”
The above quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes the puzzle of the resurrection. Even Christians confuse “heaven,” (going to a place of bliss after death) with the doctrine of the resurrection. Heaven is the “place” Jesus prepared for us but only as an intermediate state.