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The Resurrection
« on: May 22, 2021, 10:21:21 AM »

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I recently watched a debate on YouTube about whether there is evidence for Christ's resurrection.  It got quite heated.

What I have never undestood is why the resurrection is so important to Christianity.  Surely the most important aspects of Christ's life are his works and his teachings?

Christ is God.  Man cannot kill God.  Therefore, the resurrection is unremarkable.  What would have been more remarkable is if Christ had not resurrected.

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Re: The Resurrection
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2021, 12:02:38 PM »
I recently watched a debate on YouTube about whether there is evidence for Christ's resurrection.  It got quite heated.

What I have never undestood is why the resurrection is so important to Christianity.  Surely the most important aspects of Christ's life are his works and his teachings?

Christ is God.  Man cannot kill God.  Therefore, the resurrection is unremarkable.  What would have been more remarkable is if Christ had not resurrected.

But the Resurrection is major part of the evidence that Christ is God!
"The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to Him, but His great anger is on all who forsake Him." (Ezra 8:22)

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Re: The Resurrection
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2021, 12:07:22 PM »
I recently watched a debate on YouTube about whether there is evidence for Christ's resurrection.  It got quite heated.

What I have never undestood is why the resurrection is so important to Christianity.  Surely the most important aspects of Christ's life are his works and his teachings?

Christ is God.  Man cannot kill God.  Therefore, the resurrection is unremarkable.  What would have been more remarkable is if Christ had not resurrected.
I think you've almost answered your own question of why the resurrection is so important to Christianity by observing that if Christ is God, the resurrection is unremarkable. The statement that Christ is God strictly only applies to the risen Christ, not the human Christ. It is more appropriate to say that the human Christ and God are "one" (Jhn 10:30) which avoids all the high trinitarian dogma that so many find objectionable.

The resurrection is proof of Christ being not God as per the Old Testament definition, unchanging and unchangeable and having the form of God, but being the son of God, as he said (Jhn 20:31), which is to say having the identity of God and personality of God, being the messenger of God descended from God in heaven, such that his body is regarded as the temple of God, and his spirit seen as united with the spirit of God to do the works of God.

So on the resurrection everything depends.

1Co 15:14 "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
1Co 15:15 "More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised."

And what is the evidence for the resurrection apart from the bible itself and the history of faith? I suppose just that the Jews, the enemies of the Christians, were never able to disprove it.

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Re: The Resurrection
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2021, 01:38:56 PM »
During the crucifixion of Christ, there is an account of  a dramatic earthquake with many being raised to life, from their graves.

After the resurrection accounts of Jesus appearing to many , including Thomas who said " My Lord and my God."

Last of all, Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus, where Saul was soon after converted and called Paul.
These biblical places are still there in Israel, and in Malta where Paul was, in a place called St Paul's bay.
Paul has written the epistles and in them is an account of the appearances Jesus made. Paul  said that He met the resurrected Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:8

Jesus was born on the earth in human form, as God manifested in the flesh. Totally God and totally human. He came in all humility and the power of death couldn't hold Him.

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