The Resurrection Of Jesus Was A Literal, Historical Event

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For thousands of years, man has wondered about life and death. Questions such as ‘What is there after death?’ and ‘Do I have a purpose on this planet?’ have plagued countless people. When looking at the statement in question, “It is not necessary for Christian faith to believe that the resurrection of Jesus was a literal, historical event.”, one must remember that in the minds of Christians, not only is it a comfort that there is something after death, but also an answer to both of the previous questions; yes, there is life after death and; yes, the purpose is to follow the Christian belief and eventually spend eternity in heaven with God after death. I ask you to keep this in mind when reading the rest of this essay, for man’s fear of death is complex and ongoing.
The biggest problems and the four components of the resurrection
There are four components to the resurrection; the appearances after death, the verb ‘to be’, the empty tomb and the passages in the bible. All of these components have meaning to them, however with this meaning comes problems. For example, the verb ‘to be’ in the quote “he is risen” (Matthew 28:6) is a historical present, however the problem is that the verb may have been changed during translation over the past two thousand years causing doubt in its literal meaning. This links to another component, literature; when looking at Christianity’s belief in the resurrection of Jesus, the bible is our main source. Just like the verb ‘to be’, some of the…
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