Does it matter?

Does the resurrection of Jesus matter?

That thud you just heard was my mother falling out of her chair… don’t worry… she’ll be okay.

Back to the question at hand.

In class on Wednesday, we watched excerpts from the documentary The Search for Jesus hosted by the late Peter Jennings.  One of the clips discussed the resurrection and whether it could possibly be factual.  According to Roman custom, a criminal executed by crucifixion would never be taken down and buried.  That was part of the punishment; you were refused a proper burial.  It also served as a warning to your co-conspiritors.  There were maybe a few other points/arguments presented, I don’t really remember.  I just had one thought…

So what?

Does it really matter if Jesus was literally resurrected?  If faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things that are not yet seen, wouldn’t my belief in the resurrection and my hope for a future resurrection in Christ be the basis of my faith rather than the fact of an actual, historical resurrection?  Doesn’t fact generally negate the need for faith, anyway?  I can’t help but think that it shouldn’t matter whether or not Jesus really was raised from the dead or really if any of his story is true or just myth.  I’m sure someone more theologically inclined than I could fill me in on the theological reasons why it does matter, but I think I’d rather keep my belief, my hope, my faith

Facts are the anti-religion 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Does it matter?

  1. I agree that maintaining simplicity in our faith is very important. In the midst of that simplicity it is not necessary to abandon truth.

    The historical fact of the resurrection is essential to the Christian faith for a whole bucket load of reasons. A few that come to mind right now are:

    1. The Bible tells us Jesus was resurrected. The historical accuracy of the Bible maintains the integrity of our faith.
    2. The wages of sin is death (Romans 3:23). It was necessary for Jesus to die to pay the penalty of our sin. If Jesus died, then His appearance and ministry after death are a demonstration of His resurrection.
    3. “He was given over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” –Romans 4:25. Both the death and resurrection of our King are essential aspects of our salvation.
    4. Romans 1:4 tells us the resurrection demonstrates Jesus to be the Son of God.
    5. 1 Corinthians 15:1-34 tells us that if Christ has not been raised from the dead, then your faith is futile.

    1. Just so it’s clear… I’m not arguing the truth of the Bible. I believe the Bible is the word of God and everything in it is true. I’m simply saying whether or not historians, archaeologists, etc can prove what the Bible says, it shouldn’t affect our faith.

      It’s similar to other parts of the Bible that can’t be proven but are vital to our faith. Creation, for example. We can’t scientifically prove God created the earth and all that is within it. We see that as truth because it is in the Bible. Same with the resurrection… we believe it because it is in the Bible, regardless of historical proof.

      And yes, I do understand the Biblical significance of the resurrection. But thank you for your list.

      You seem like one of those fellas who takes all aspects of the Bible literally… sometimes it’s fun and faith-building to ponder some other interpretations or possibilities.

  2. The resurrection of Jesus most definitely matters. Like… It crazy matters…

    So maybe the creation narrative is some Hebrew poetry, and maybe it wasn’t really 7 days, maybe it was millions of years…

    However, Christianity is rooted in the historical fact that Christ actually raised from the dead. Paul says in 1 Cor 15:14 that if Christ is not raised, then the apostles preaching was in vain and having faith is in vain.

    So, you are saying that faith is the most important thing, and it doesn’t really matter if the Gospels are just the early church’s embellished memory of Christ, but without that historical fact of Jesus resurrection, the faith you hold to be most important, according to Paul, is pointless, and elsewhere Paul says that if the resurrection isn’t true, then Christians, above all others, are to be pitied for believing in such nonsense.

    If Christ wasn’t raised, what gives you any hope that you will be raised? Because neither you nor I are anywhere close to deserving being raised from the dead, vindicated by God, and dwelling in His presence for eternity. Christ’s resurrection was God’s “Yes” to Christ.

    Our faith is rooted in a historical event, not a conjured up memory from the first century.

    Without the resurrection, Christ is a liar and we are wasting our time.

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