March 25, 2008

Does the resurrection really matter?

In light of Easter this past Sunday, I found this video particularly interesting. Each year around this time there is a large effort to find the "Real Jesus" and everyone from scholars to sinners weigh in with their opinions. A common theme among many post-evangelicals and the emergent church crowd is that it doesn't matter whether Jesus was raised from the dead. What really matters is his teaching, his way of life, and his imploring that we do the same. John Dominic Crossan says that if Jesus' body was found, it wouldn't destroy the Christian faith:

1 Corinthians 15:16-19 says that if Christ wasn't raised from the dead, then we are to be pitied among all men, and that our faith is worthless. If the resurrection didn't happen, then it's a stupid way of living to serve others and place them ahead of yourself. The resurrection is what drives our love for and service of all men...not the other way around. The resurrection gives us the ability to cross from death to life. With all due respect to Dr. Crossan (who is on record saying that he believes animals ate Jesus' body), if Jesus' body was found, then it does destroy the Christian faith.

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