Does cremation preclude the possibility of being raised from the dead at the resurrection on the Last Day ?
In the ground, eventually the body disintegrates - bones last a long time. I believe that the soul/spirit of a born-again believer in Christ goes to be with him in paradise at death - but at a later date we are to be given a 'resurrection' body that will be far superior to what we have now. I suppose, the sort of body that Jesus obtained, that went through walls and ate fish on the sea-shore! fancy that!
In the far future there will be a new earth, I presume that our new body is suited to this new creation - a new earth - where God will dwell.
The following verse is In Rev 20 11-15 i and it implies that the dead are gathered from everywhere. People who have perished in shark infested waters have no physical remains.
"The sea gave up the dead that was in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done...if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown in the lake of fire."
Similarities and differences between bodily resurrection and immortality of the soul?
ah! it's not easy to answer that im not that intellectual about it .
but let me say that : when a person die his soul go to a process called "Barzakh" (where there 2 , one for good people and other for bad people ) all of the souls will be waiting for the last day.
and about the body : the body will "disappear" , until the last day god will re-collect our bodies , atom by atom , to judge us .
i guess i didn't answered your question properly , but i hope it helps .
Why do people give the Resurrection any accountability?
In 1 Corinthians 15:12-15, Paul says: Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Romans 10: 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
So the doctrine of the risen Christ is considered essential to the Faith. Rather than deny that Christ rose, and thereby deny their faith as Paul states, they strengthen their belief in it so that they can claim that their faith is true.
Eating babies is actually a religious concept (usually a curse from God), apparently adopted by some atheists here as a parody. The Bible refers to eating children in several places. Examples are:
Leviticus 26:29 - And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
Deuteronomy 28:53 - And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters.
Jeremiah 19:9 - And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend.
2 Kings 6:28-29 describes the desperation of people when there is famine and who can't do anything about it because they're under siege. "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow. So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son..." (II Kings 6:28-29).
But it might also be a way of demonising non-Israelites, in this case Samaritans. The reason for the cannibalism is given at verses 8 and 25 : "Then the king of Syria warred against Israel...And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until a donkey's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver". It goes on (after verse 30) "when the king (of the Israelites) heard the words of the woman, ... he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh." And the explanation at verse 33 is "Behold, this evil is of the LORD".
I missed out commenting on your first point. Raping and murdering is again for those who are religious. The command to worship one God in one way only, to the exclusion of all others, seems originally to have been a reflection of uniting a people within their social structure and engendering enmity against other peoples who might compete for, or already possess, desired land and resources, and ‘justification’ for their genocide related in several places in the Bible such as Numbers 31:17-18 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves".
How does the Nativity of Jesus foreshadow his death and resurrection?
Since lambs and other sacrificial animals ate from a manger it is like a precursor that He is the "Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world."
I think the main point of the nativity is to show that Jesus did in fact humble Himself to the utmost. (Or should I say to the "downmost.")
Think of it, He is one with God in heaven, all-powerful, all-knowing, immortal. He becomes a helpless, speechless, vulnerable baby in diapers. And He is born a member of a persecuted and occupied tribe of people.
Talk about "emptying" yourself! Wow!
Was the Apostle Paul encouraging followers to strive for life in heaven or a resurrection on earth?
The Greek and nasb has it written "That I may know" The original text does not have "sharing" being in the fellowship of suffering. The continued growth in ones relationship with Christ can not be taken with out consequences. Tells of the dependency we need to God for the final goal and getting there. Humbly and obediently letting oneself be transformed by the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Basis of my belief?
The Grand Creator of the universe has PROMISED it
The Source of Life WANTS to do it.
(Rev. 20:12, 13; 21:5)
The Almighty CAN do it.
(Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 40:26)
The happy God does NOT CHANGE.
(1Timothy 1:11; Malachi 3:6)
Yes, all servants of Jehovah God look forward to it with great anticipation!
How wonderful it will be to meet our dead beloved ones (my Mom and Dad included!).
How blessed that day will be! What a privilege to be there and witness the dead, great and small, brought back to life!
Indeed, the hope of resurrection fortify us and help us muster the courage to put up with verbal and physical abuse by non-believers, prison bars…yes, even death.
All praises to Jehovah God!!
Is belief in the resurrection important for Christianity?
Belief in the Resurrection is essential to christianity.
According to Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles (us), the Gospel by which we are saved :
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;
By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures"
~1 Corinthians 15:1-4
How do you get a character on Tekken Dark Resurrection to get a higher kyu ranking?
Nope, both of you. Mode. Every few matches you get Promotion chances, which increase your rank if you beat the opponent. The first rank is Beginner, then 9th-1st Kyu then 1st-7th Dan then Shihan-Divine Fist(the highest on Tekken 5 was Tekken Lord, but in Dark Resurrection Divine Fist is the highest rank.)
How did the resurrection declare Christ the Son of God with power?
Hs resurrection was a witness to the world, the power of the Father. Jesus's spirit that was within the garment of flesh, is the Holy Spirit which verifies truths taught today by the Father, who is teaching his own and raising a pure and righteous people who shall survive the Day of the Lord, which is coming upon us at a quickened rate that the worldly acknowledge not at this time. The power that Jesus exudes today is the Holy Spirit, which many never receive, for it can only be given through baptism in the Holy Spirit granted by the Father, to those who receive the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus. The laying on of hands by the false prophets of this world is nill and of no acceptance amongst those who follow and are taught by the Father as Jesus was. They are the true inheritors of the new Jerusalem which is coming, and the world knows not who they are for worldly follow men not the Father, as Jesus did who was the worlds example of how to praise God, the Father and not men.
How can the next conscious of a person who has just died be the resurrection if their thoughts have perished?
Are you speaking of the first conscious thought after resurrection? No one thinks after death. You are very correct is saying that our thoughts perish and the brain stops working at death. (Ecclesiastes 9:5; Psalm 146:4)
Are you asking about our first conscious thought after resurrection, and how we are able to think and remember when our brain would have perished at death?:
I think we can reasonably assume that the first conscious thought of someone resurrected to life would differ from person to person. Just as the first conscious thought of everyone upon waking differs from person to person. But be assured our memories and thinking WILL be restored at the resurrection as the God who is counting the stars of the universe, calling each one by name, is likewise able to recall the exact synaptic connections of each neuron of each individual that he restores to life. (Psalm 147:4; Matthew 10:29-31)
No they didn't give it a name, it was always meant to be called Newborn.
They did however though of a different design
Joss Whedon originally scripted the Newborn creature as a deadly four-legged, eyeless, bone-white creature with red veins running along the sides of its head. It had an inner jaw, similar to the all the other aliens. It also had a pair of pincers on the sides of his head. These pincers were used to hold its prey still as it drained the prey of blood with its inner jaw. The creature was also larger, nearly the size of the queen alien. In later script revisions, the creature was changed into a "more believable" hybrid of human and alien.
How is it possible for the sun to fall into the oceans on Resurrection day ?
I doubt it literally means the sun in the sky falling to Earth. The writings of prophecy have always suffered from accurate descriptions - mainly because they show events that are beyond human comprehension. Also, imagine someone went back even 100 years ago and showed off an iPad. People back then would think it was the most amazing thing you'd ever seen and couldn't even begin to say what it is, or how it worked. They'd only be able to compare it with stuff they knew about and would probably call it "a marvelous magic book"
This prophecy could refer to many things: The expansion of the sun (which won't happen for another few million years), a meteorite falling to earth into the ocean, even a nuclear bomb blast (which is brighter and hotter than the surface of the sun for a brief instant.)
It could just be a metaphor for something else entirely.
How does the flower myths of Hyacinth, Adonis, and Narcissus follow the death/resurrection idea?
For Hyacinth, he was a lover of Apollo, and one day they were throwing around the discus and it killed Hyacinth. Apollo, greatly grieved, did not let Hades take Hyacinth, instead, he turned Hyacinth's blood into a flower. With Adonis, he was killed by a wild boar and his lover, Aphrodite, sprinkled his blood with nectar, turning it into an anemone. Finally, Narcissus was a very beautiful human. Every girl wanted him. Aphrodite became jealous and asked her son, Eros (Cupid) to cause him to fall in love with someone. So Eros shot Narcissus with an arrow. However, the first person Narcissus saw was himself in a pond. Whenever he tried to reach out to touch the beautiful being he saw in the pond (himself), it would disappear. So he stayed at the pond until he ended up withering away. He died and when the nymphs came to find his body, all they found a flower. So each of the humans came back through this flowers, resurrecting them.
Can someone explain the Christian afterlife and Resurrection to me?
Jesus said "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" (john 10:10) yet the avarage professing christian is saying there is nothing abundant about my life. i know my ains are forgiven and that i am going to heaven, but what about today? i still experience doubt, fears, frustrations, and defeat. surely there must be something more to this christian life. There is, and it comes from understanding the fullness of the gospel. most people, when ask, what is your understanding of the gospel? respond "Christ died for my sins" this is only part of the gospel, Christ was also raised from the dead, and it is through his resurection that we see the full gospel. the full gospel can be summed up like this: Jesus Christ gave ;\life for us; so that he could give his life to us; so he could live his life through us. Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. he was raised to give his life to us. key verse john 10:10
Why was Jesus appearing to his disciples rather than the commoners after resurrection?
Well Jesus' disciples didn't exactly have full fledged faith... as in the bible. He says in the lead up to being crucified: "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to be there". Jesus was denied three times by Peter. Peter cuts off the ear of the high priests servant upon arrest to defend Jesus... this is not what Jesus is about... for He taught "if you are slapped on one cheek, turn the other too". The whole purpose of the disciples was for them to spread the word of God- to mould them in life and after... when Jesus died, the foundation of faith lay within them but it wasn't solid. They were mourning His death after.
When Jesus came back He wanted them to see that we all triumph death. They already believed in Jesus and there is a saying that "for those who believe no evidence is necessary, and for those who don't no evidence will suffice".
He needed to come to the disciples so they would be bold in their teachings so they could spread the good news. It was a time where you could get murdered for the words you use to preach... as you could be a blasphemer. Trust these were dangerous times... the disciples needed to be fearless. Jesus came back and instilled this within them on His ressurection. And so the disciples spread the good word... using tongues to communicate with the masses who spoke different languages.
When Jesus lived on earth... people especially the pharisees where always trying to trick Jesus, they wanted to see the miracles they wanted proof. Jesus would sometimes anwer with a contradiction to their supposed trick questions... and He would never perform miracles for these people. Why? Because they didn't believe Him in the first place... no matter what He would have done they would of tried to find a contradiction to it. Faith spreads through faith, not through scepticism where the story will be biased toward their own believes. Jesus didn't want the word of God thwarted.
It would certainly seem that way with all the christians we have in the world today beleiving that jesus is their saviour and lord. Most of whom have probably never heard of the dieties you mentioned.
Aside from the ones you mentioned i can only think of one more off the top of my head. which is Mithras. A very interesting character indeed (in relation to jesus)
he was born dec 25th, virgin birth, his blood and body were consumed in the form of bread and wine by his followers....... and the list of similarities continues.
In relation to this resurrection myth constantly re-emerging. The propagators of this nonsense probably fully grasped the concept of "if it aint broke don't fix it".
It always seems to have been popular throughout history. Sometimes it was stategically used in order to gain a large following, or to unite the beleivers of many religions who already beleived in this resurrection myth (especially in the case of jesus)
My beleife is that it started as a simple idea, which gained popularity up untill the point that it was soley used in order to please the people who already beleived in it.
As to why it was such a popular idea, well, we can observe many abstract religious ideas that were popular with people for thousands of years up untill this day. such as cannabalism and human sacrifise.
None however, were as popular as the resurrection myth. I can only assume that the idea of mortality scared so many people. And the idea that one could rise from the dead (i.e one may defeat death) probably fasinated many worshippers.
How do you know make a michael myers resurrection mask?
You may need to make his face over. It may be hard because in "Halloween: Resurrection" his mask is completely different from the other movies in the franchise!..I would take a brown marker and use that to make his eyebrows..Make them look very evil looking!!.His mask in "Resurrection" was evil looking!!.Make his cheekbones appear higher as well!!.and also make his hair fuzzy and messy. Last but not least SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF PEOPLE ON HALLOWEEN!!!
How do you recharge or do a battery resurrection on a cordless battery that the charge only last A short time?
Batteries for cordless phones, cell phones, and any battery that is used in a portable device only has a certain amount of rechargable capability. They only last up to one to two years. It get's to a point where they can't be recharged. They lose their ability to recharge. It's the structure of the battery. After so many uses they just don't take a charge no matter what steps you take. They are just worn out. Manufactures of these batteries know this and that's how they make their money. If any cell phone is still in warranty take it to your telephone dealer. Cordless phones same thing take it to the manufacturer, but do it speedily. The book is a scam. You can't rejuvenate a battery that's worn out. If you have some doubts call the company that makes the batteries and they will tell you the same thing. Good Luck.
What does the bible say about how the resurrection of the dead will look like?
Just like we did when we died. But if you sinned when you die and did not repent you are judged by GOD and sent to hell on Judgement Day. And if you lived a holy life, then you will be raised up in a glorified body. Like JESUS! Read your Bible and live for HIM until the Day you die.
Phoenix, salamander, snake, cross, maiden-mother-crone symbol (waxing moon, full moon, waning moon), amaranth, orchid, even dandelion-they burst into thousands of seeds at the end of their life cycle, and then become anew and many.
If there is going to be a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous?
WHAT REALLY HAPPENS AT DEATH?
What happens at death is no mystery to Jehovah, the Creator of the brain. He knows the truth, and in his Word, the Bible, he explains the condition of the dead. Its clear teaching is this: When a person dies, he ceases to exist. Death is the opposite of life. The dead do not see or hear or think. Not even one part of us survives the death of the body. We do not possess an immortal soul or spirit.*
6 After Solomon observed that the living know that they will die, he wrote: “As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” He then enlarged on that basic truth by saying that the dead can neither love nor hate and that “there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in [the grave].” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10) Similarly, Psalm 146:4 says that when a man dies, “his thoughts do perish.” We are mortal and do not survive the death of our body. The life we enjoy is like the flame of a candle. When the flame is put out, it does not go anywhere. It is simply gone.
WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT DEATH
7 Jesus Christ spoke about the condition of the dead. He did so with regard to Lazarus, a man whom he knew well and who had died. Jesus told his disciples: “Lazarus our friend has gone to rest.” The disciples thought that Jesus meant that Lazarus was resting in sleep, recovering from an illness. They were wrong. Jesus explained: “Lazarus has died.” (John 11:11-14) Notice that Jesus compared death to rest and sleep. Lazarus was neither in heaven nor in a burning hell. He was not meeting angels or ancestors. Lazarus was not being reborn as another human. He was at rest in death, as though in a deep sleep without dreams. Other scriptures also compare death to sleep. For example, when the disciple Stephen was stoned to death, the Bible says that he “fell asleep.” (Acts 7:60) Similarly, the apostle Paul wrote about some in his day who had “fallen asleep” in death.—1 Corinthians 15:
KNOWING THE TRUTH ABOUT DEATH IS BENEFICIAL
What the Bible teaches about the condition of the dead is comforting. The dead do not suffer pain or heartache. There is no reason to be afraid of them, for they cannot harm us. They do not need our help, and they cannot help us. We cannot speak with them, and they cannot speak with us. Many religious leaders falsely claim that they can help those who have died, and people who believe such leaders give them money. But knowing the truth protects us from being deceived by those who teach such lies.
Does your religion agree with what the Bible teaches about the dead? Most do not. Why? Because their teachings have been influenced by Satan. He uses false religion to get people to believe that after their body dies, they will continue to live in the spirit realm. This is a lie that Satan combines with other lies to turn people away from Jehovah God. How so?
As noted earlier, some religions teach that if a person lives a bad life, after death he will go to a place of fiery torment to suffer forever. This teaching dishonors God. Jehovah is a God of love and would never make people suffer in this way. (1 John 4:8) How would you feel about a man who punished a disobedient child by holding his hands in a fire? Would you respect such a man? In fact, would you even want to get to know him? Definitely not! You would likely think that he was very cruel. Yet, Satan wants us to believe that Jehovah tortures people in fire forever—for countless billions of years!
Satan also uses some religions to teach that after death people become spirits who must be respected and honored by the living. According to this teaching, the spirits of the dead can become powerful friends or terrible enemies. Many people believe this lie. They fear the dead and give them honor and worship. In contrast, the Bible teaches that the dead are sleeping and that we should worship only the true God, Jehovah, our Creator and Provider.—Revelation 4:11.
Knowing the truth about the dead protects you from being misled by religious lies. It also helps you to understand other Bible teachings. For example, when you realize that people do not pass on to the spirit realm at death, the promise of everlasting life on a paradise earth takes on real meaning for you.
What reasons for believing in Jesus' Resurrection would you give to some1 who is struggling to believe it?
I'm sorry, but there's absolutely no way a person who's struggling to believe (and with good reasons) can be convinced otherwise.
You may use verses of the Bible to *attempt* to make your point. Be warned however, that any person who has researched (due to lack of belief) will immediately disregard any verse (since..let's face it..the gospels WERE written anonymously and later given names to each of the supposed gospels).
The gospels are a work of various authors: NOT the specific people stated (and not eye witnesses)
What do you think the first resurrection and the second death are?
The first resurrection is the resurrection of the saints of old (Moses, Abraham, David, Joseph, Elijah, Elisha and many others as well as those that are Christ's at his return) This obviously shows that there is no rapture. Those that are in that resurrection won't be subject to the second death which takes place after the 1,000 year rule of Christ and all of mankind is resurrected and judged. Those that don't accept Jesus as their savior and repent and change, they will die the second death which is permanent where you will cease to exist. Those in the first resurrection won't be subject to the second death.
How many writers in the New Testament claimed to have witnessed the resurrection?
There is not one single mention of Jesus in the entire Roman record - that is right - not one! At the same time as he was supposed to have been around there were a number of Jews claiming to be the messiah - all of whom are well recorded!
There is not a single contemporary record from any source and even the bible mentions of him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!
He was supposed to have been a huge problem to the Romans and produced wonderful miracles but still not one contemporary record?
Even the bible mentions of him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!
Pilate is recorded in the Roman record as a somewhat lack luster man but no mention of a Jesus, a trial or crucifixion that would surely have been used to make him look brighter!
At best he was an amalgam of those others but almost certainly never existed!
The Roman Emperor Constantine produced the bible and he was a pagan not god!!! He took the Jewish religion and basing it on the Mithras religion, organized it into Christianity and then into the Holly Roman Catholic Church!! Not in Israel or any of the countries of supposed origin but entirely ITALIAN!
Not one word of it is contemporary with the period and was not written until several hundred years after the period the story is set in!! How did the apostles write their books more than a hundred years after they would have been dead?
What a wonder full disinformation and deception campaign he waged against his Jewish enemies by turning them into his invented Christianity - so good in fact that Christians are still following the deception to this day!
What is this evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, that many Christians claim to have but never present?
There is absolutely ZERO evidence of anything to do with Jesus. Read anything by Bart Ehrman PhD for more information.
If hundreds saw him after the alleged resurrection, the Romans would have pounced on him again like white on rice.
What is the most thorough treatment of the resurrection William Lane Craig gives?
you can review sections of books at this website. they have several books by William Lane Craig.
you could read some of each and compare.
Was the virgin birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ a myth?
There's a problem with the details of jesus' life.
That problem is that other than the bible, which is clearly biased and contains many unsubstantiated claims, such as the virgin birth, which really should require further proof before accepting them as true, there are no other sources anyone has for those details.
You are however correct in saying that the virgin birth idea was quite common in religious teachings in that area at that time. This is quite likely where the jews came up with the notion (if you accept the translation of "young woman" as "virgin" anyway), and then the details of jesus's birth are clearly made to match the prophecy.
If you doubt the truth of the bible, as you should considering accepting based on blind faith is not usually the means to establishing truth, then you can establish very little about jesus, and certainly nothing about the sexual experience of his mother prior to his birth.
Bible Scholars, can you explain the difference between the first resurrection and the second?
Blessings to all. Sin is creatures saying to the Creator, "My will be done." Damnation is the Creator saying to creatures, "Have it your way." God gives them up (Romans 1:24-32.). Just as their are two kinds of birth and two kinds of death so there are two kinds of people: those who have been born twice and die once and those who have been born once and die twice. "Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power." Besides being happy and holy, they will share in the first resurrection when Christ returns and all the dead will come to life and reign with him a thousand years (Revelation 20: 4,6 Cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-7). And even after the millennium they will continue to enjoy God's uninterrupted presence forever and ever (Revelation 21:1-3). Here is part of John's picture of what we have to look forward:
"I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer… And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.
"Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, for they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years" (Revelation 20:1-3, 4-6).
This is awesome, nice question.
Those who have been born twice will die but once, but those who have been born once will die twice. Over them "second death" wields its awful power. It is described in the remaining verses of Revelation 20: "And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds… And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20: 11, 12, 14, 15).
It is better not to be born at all than not to be born again.
Life without Christ is one hopeless end; but life with Christ is one endless hope. Which will it be for you?
What is this evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, that Christians keep claiming to have but never present?
"So ... the Crimean War never happened? Napolean never lived? George Washington is just a rumor?:"
These events left behind physical evidence, and contemporaries wrote about the events, not some scribe writing about supernatural events decades later. Events that were not written about by contemporaries left physical evidence to be researched. Jesus did not.
How does the Resurrection of the Dead with Cremation work?
Even embalmed, decayed bodies disintegrate after awhile. Cremated and decayed bodies are composed of essentially the same thing--the bones and dust (what's left of the rest of the body matter). The Bible says that our souls leave our earthly bodies when we die, and continue to exist. When the day of resurrection comes, those who have died will receive a "new body"as they rise to meet Jesus in the air. I have no idea what these "bodies" will be like; there is an example in Revelation in which the apostle John saw Jesus as He was, in a heavenly state. He was recognizable as Jesus, but "His hairs were white like wool, as white as show; His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like unto bright brass, as if they burned in a furnace; His voice as the sound of many waters; His countenance ws as the sun shineth in his strength." (Rev. 1:14-16) John said that the sight of Jesus made him faint "like a dead man". The Bible doesn't describe what happens to people's bodies. Those who are condemned to hell will burn in the lake of fire, and I don't know what form they will take. I do know that for years the Catholic Church would not allow people to be cremated, because it was thought that shortchanged their position of a person's body returning to dust.
Why do most people consider the resurrection of Jesus to be more important than his crucifixion?
Incarnation (God taking on human form in the person of Jesus Christ) and the Resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ are the only two events in world history that really matter.
Jesus said he was God and the only way and would prove it by his resurrection from the dead. His resurrection proved he was God and thus God exists. If there were just the crucifixion, there would be no proof and no Christianity.
Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ more important to Christians than his crucifixion & death?
Rect - right; straight; rule
Sure - without doubt
Unsure-rection ) unsure of what/Who is right.
Insure-rection ) fighting against what/Who is right.
Resure-rection - becoming sure again of what/Who is right
The first death is the death of "Self" referred to by Paul when he said it is given to man once to die (to "Self") and then the judgement and Christ said that over such as have died the first death (the completion of daily "Self"-crucifixion) the second death (The Fire) has no power.
When the "Self" is dead the Being; having been reborn (John 3) and having then crucified daily the human "Self"; is resurrected from being under the "Death-Sentence" for insurrection and treason and puts on immortality and Eternal Life again.
I recommend John Piper's The Passion of Jesus Christ ~ Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die. You can actually read it online or order a copy for yourself. I know it's not specifically about the resurrection, but it's encompassed in it.
I have linked you to a few resurrection books I've never read, but I completely trust the material CVBBS handles.
EDIT: Yes, Josh McDowell & Lee Strobel are excellent suggestions, too.