“[I]f Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead…. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost” (1 Corinthians 15:14-18, NIV 1984).
Once again we are examining the foundational cornerstone of Christianity: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Click here to read the first part of this study.) The resurrection of Jesus is central to all Christian belief, as one can see by the above words of the Apostle Paul. To deny the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is, quite simply, to not be a Christian.
So let us continue looking at reasons Christians have for believing in the literal, factual, and historic resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: