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…
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 🙂