Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

Patrick H

Christianity has faith in its assumptions about the resurrection not the resurrection!

The Bible statement that God raised Jesus says nothing about how it was done.  It only says that God did it.

In 2 Kings 13:21, a corpse is placed in the tomb of Elisha.  The corpse came into contact with Elisha's bones.  The man rose from the dead.  Was Jesus raised by somebody's relics?

Was Jesus raised by Satan or black magic?  God can use Satan's works to cheat him.

Matthew says other people rose the time Jesus died so did one of them pretend to be Jesus or get mistaken for him?  Perhaps one or more appearances of Jesus in the Bible were not of Jesus at all?

One or two tiny details say Jesus was touchable.  They are treated as so unimportant which does not inspire confidence that Jesus rose bodily from the dead.

Paul suggests that people like Jesus are physical bodies when they are planted and rise as spiritual bodies.  He compares the transformation to the stars.  The body is seen as a seed which could suggest that Jesus just dissolved in the tomb so that he turned into something more like a spirit or angel though not exactly.

There is no evidence that he really rose on the third day for he was entombed so he could have risen on Friday as soon as the tomb was shut.

God could have put him in a miraculous coma that looked like death so we don't know if he died at all.

If Jesus saving us by dying for us is so important and he had to rise again to show us that salvation and to give us a foretaste it follows that he could have got around it by raising other people instead.  If resurrections are needed to show us something then it does not matter much who rises!

Rising from the dead is a body just being resuscitated but resurrecting is seen in terms of much more.  The person comes back but is very different and is glorious and magical.  What if Jesus rose and gradually turned into a resurrected being?  There is no evidence in the New Testament that he was witnessed as glorious and exalted and immortal.  Being dead is incidental when it comes to resurrecting.  Paul says the living will be taken up to the sky one day and transformed or resurrected without dying.  Those who are alive when Jesus comes back can hardly be killed so that they can rise again!