Ascension: It is also a matter of Christian faith that after his resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven. Some Christians believe that this was a spiritual ascension, i.e., his mortal remains were left behind. Other Christians believe that he ascended with his body to heaven. If Jesus’ mortal remains have been found, this would contradict the idea of a physical ascension but not the idea of a spiritual ascension. The latter is consistent with Christian theology.
You would think that after 2000 some heresies would stop showing their ugly faces.
Hmm I guess I'll take them as they come:
1. I know no Christians that believe in a purely "spiritual ascension". If they do believe this, they are not Christ but Gnostic or Dosetic or Nestorian or Arian or any number of heresies that deny the incarnation and do not have a theology of a created good.
2. The Gnostics believed in something similar.
3. So did the Docetics.
4. If Christ only Ascended spiritually it would make the resurrection of the body pointless.
5. If Christ only Ascended spiritually if would make the incarnation and the Hypostatic union needless.
6. If Christ only ascended spiritually and his physical remains were sill here on Earth then why aren't there any first class relics of Christ's body?!?!
7. A purely spiritual ascension is inconsistent with ANY and EVERY orthodox Christian theology; however, it is very consistent with nearly all heresies.