My friend Paula recently emailed me a question posed on facebook.  The question reads,

My family just returned from an Easter service in which the minister bravely chose as his text Mark, the earliest gospel, in which there isn’t even a sighting of the resurrected Jesus. So how literally do you think most Christians today interpret the Resurrection? And if one doesn’t accept it literally, then is one still a Christian?

This simple question got a LOT of answers–most skeptical.

Newsweek a few years back did a survey that concluded 78% of Americans believe Jesus DID indeed rise from the dead, but maybe that number is far different among the younger generations flooding the facebook scene???

From my experience, a larger percentage of younger people, and more people here on the West Coast of America, have doubts about the resurrection–many who consider themselves Christian don’t believe the resurrection of Jesus is a necessary part of their faith in Jesus.

Anyway, as I read through the dozens of conflicting, and often confused, answers, this response from Michael is the one that stuck out as the most poignant.  He said,

I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.

Of all the things we have to be skeptical about in the 21st century, why do we keep coming back to the events of one week in Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago? Indisputably, those events changed the world. I’m willing to suspend my 21st century skepticism when I interpret them.

Today, myths and superstitions are cloaked in the guise of science. Did your doctor prescribe your pills based on evidence from faked clinical trials? Is your investment advisor secretly marketing a pyramid scheme? Did you support a $3 trillion war because of faked intelligence? Were the mathematical formulas supporting the pricing of credit default swaps a house of cards? Is your house still worth what the bank’s appraiser told you it was worth last year?…

In a world where bad science has created a vast desert of shifting sands, I choose to build my house on the rock.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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