Life After Death And Resurrection Of Christ Essay examples

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The three earliest letters of Paul combined present an in depth view of life after death and resurrection of Christ. This essay will aim to uncover texts of particular relevance through 1 Thessalonians 4 and 1 Corinthians 15. Paul titles his teachings “the gospel I preached you” (1 Corr 15:1), which is strong indication of the emphasis and passion he puts forth in issues of such particular nature. He is aware of his following within the community and understands that his teaching has a crucial influence on those who listen to him.
In regards to life after death, Paul is certain that an afterlife exists for believers of Jesus Christ. Paul argues in (1 Corr 15:12) that “if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” In support of this argument, Paul mentions that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is legitimate and unquestionable without any doubt because hundreds at the time also witnessed it. Many of those people were still living (1 Corr 15:6). Additionally, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins”(1 Corr 15:17). According to Paul, the faith of Christianity without the return of Jesus is empty, and the presence of the Holy Spirit serves a yet another proof that an afterlife exists.
In following the Jewish idea of resurrection of the body, Paul claims the resurrection is physical rather than spiritual, which was the Greek idea that after death the soul…

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