But tell me this?since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God?for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can?t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:12-15 NLT) And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. (1 Corinthians 15:16-20 NLT)
There is no physical evidence that he did. Only the reports of claims of others, and through the fog of time, we have no way to verify that those claims were accurate, or even occurred at all. Therefore, the only way to accept the reality of the resurrection is on faith; to "believe" it happened.
The truth of the resurrection continues to affect the world. No other faith is built on such a hope-giving foundation. Jesus Himself said at the grave of Lazarus, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
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For me, resurrection from the dead (which I assume you mean?) is not a matter of belief so much as a well-established fact...
It actually still seems to happen about once every generation or so, so well-documented that I cannot doubt it...although not really well publicized, of course...
For someone who is truly clear and fully understands the dynamics of creation (as Yeshua ben Joseph, the Christ, certainly does), that kind of reassembly of physical life does not even seem to require a very sophisticated skill.
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No, not even remotely. Resurrection is perhaps the single greatest contrivance that Christians cling to in supporting claims of Christ's divinity. It is curious that it took several decades after this supposed event before it was finally recorded by someone who was not even present.