When discussing the bodily resurrection of Christ on Easter, I find not believing in the bodily resurrection raises a lot of questions that are hard to resolve.
It is apparent that the New Testament writers believed and taught the bodily resurrection of Christ.
As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, less than 30 years after the crucifixion, "if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching has been in vain and your faith has been in vain."
And Thomas was told to put his fingers into the wounds of Christ, not to touch his "presence."
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If Christ was not raised, then what happened to his body? Surely the Jewish leaders would have pointed to a sealed tomb when faced with a risen Christ.
So the body must have been removed. But by whom? Certainly not his disciples, who were behind locked doors "for fear of the Jews" when Christ appeared to them on Easter night. It was not until Pentecost before his followers had the courage to spread the word.
If the New Testament is wrong about the bodily resurrection, then what else is it wrong about?
Either it is the Word of God, without error, or it isn't. And if the NT is not without error, then where does that leave the Christian? Up the proverbial Jordan without a paddle.
The early Christians died for their belief in a bodily resurrection; that is how strongly they believed. I find it easy to believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is part of the divine Trinity, which created the entire universe from nothing. How hard could it be for Jesus to resurrect Himself?
If you believe Jesus is God, then what is so hard to believe about the bodily resurrection. But if you don't believe Jesus is God, then you are not a Christian.
Thomas J. Keegan Jr.