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Cynicism about Jesus as an Easter 'treat'

By Spencer Gear - posted Wednesday, 4 April 2018


This metaphorical, postmodern, deconstructed story of what Korb said is powerful in giving that town hope for a resurrected future – in spite of a continuing drought. Note: During March 2018, Muttaburra received 101mm of rain.

That is what Easter means to me, as told by Professor Scott Korb. Why should my deconstruction not be as acceptable as Korb's? Mine is a reader-response to Korb's statement as much as his was a personal reader-response to the Gospel accounts of Jesus' resurrection. This highlights the shifting sands and flawed theory of postmodern deconstruction as a method of interpretation of any document, including Jesus' resurrection.

Therefore, the biblical evidence confirms that Jesus' resurrection involved the rise of a dead physical body to become a revived physical body. After resurrection, people saw him physically, spoke with him, touched his body, and ate with him (Matt 28:1-10; 1 Cor 15:3-8; John 20:24-29; Luke 24:42-43).

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How does one answer Winston's question: 'Can you question the Resurrection and still be a Christian?' I can question the resurrection (as N T Wright did as his starting point for research) but to be a Christian I need to conclude that the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the authentic understanding. The apostle Paul links the future resurrection of believers with Jesus' resurrection:

If no one rises from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, what we preach doesn't mean anything. Your faith doesn't mean anything either. 15 More than that, we would be lying about God. We are witnesses that God raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if the dead are not raised (1 Corinthians 15:13-15).

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Spencer Gear PhD is a retired counselling manager, independent researcher, Christian minister and freelance writer living in Brisbane Qld.

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