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People believe Jesus is alive and will never die. Has this belief any value or is it a mere opinion, desire, without any evidence supporting it? Isn't this belief a desire of it being true out of fear of dying?

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Do you really not know what the Christian viewpoint on this is? Or are you trying to make an argument? –  DJClayworth May 1 at 21:30
    
The opposite can be true as well: people can disbelieve it out of fear of dying. –  david brainerd May 2 at 2:42
    
This is actually an incredibly good question. Is Jesus alive? After He went to Heaven was He still alive? Is anyone in Heaven alive? Surely the word 'alive' has a very specific scientific meaning applicable only on earth. ('Alive' in heaven means something completely different.) Do Jesus and Elijah need to eat in heaven to stay 'alive' in an earthly sense? –  gideon marx May 2 at 6:43
    
is there any Heaven? can anyone die and ressurrect? to die means to end. –  felino May 2 at 18:15

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Is Jesus Alive or did He die 2000 years ago?

The central tenet of Christianity is that God became a Man through the virgin birth. He was named "Jesus", meaning "God saves", because He came to save His people from their sins. He was crucified and did, in fact, die. Then, on the third day, He rose again from the dead. Now, He lives forever. Everything about Christianity--and I do mean absolutely everything--rests on the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus is not risen from the dead, then Christianity would never have begun to exist.

So, yes, Jesus is alive and yes, Jesus died. Paul wrote about this in the following passage:

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as [d]to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 NASB

Belief

Belief is certainly not a mere opinion or desire apart from any evidence. The evidence of the resurrection of Jesus is quite overwhelming and has in itself turned many skeptics into Christians.

It is critical to note that none of the followers of Jesus expected Him to rise from the dead. The morning of His resurrection, the disciples were hiding in fear, and the only people who went to the tomb were women who came to prepare the body. Everyone expected the body to still be there.

Even after hearing the testimony of all the other disciples, Thomas refused to believe unless he himself put his fingers in the nail holes in the hands of Jesus and put his own hand into the side of Jesus where the spear was thrust.

The appearances of Jesus to over 500 people was what convinced these men and women that Jesus had, in fact, risen from the dead. Theirs was not a mere opinion conjured up out of fear of death, but from seeing Jesus alive with their own eyes.

Thus, the evidence that convinced these 500 people was overwhelming evidence, indeed. This radically transformed a group of "unschooled, ordinary men" hiding in fear of death to a band of courageous men no longer afraid of dying who literally turned the world upside down in the matter of a few decades. Ten of the remaining 11 apostles suffered martyrs deaths for their teaching, and hundreds and thousands of others also died for the testimony that Jesus was risen.

The transformed lives of the disciples, the willingness of them and so many others to die for the testimony of a risen Jesus, the upheaval of the entire Roman world in a matter of decades--all of this is additional evidence that Jesus is, in fact, risen from the dead.

For the past 2000 years, this has been repeated time and time again as the message of Jesus continues to spread to the ends of the earth.

So, there is more than sufficient evidence to convince the unbiased that Jesus probably did rise from the dead. Nothing else can explain the historical rise of Christianity in the face of such immense persecution. On top of that, Jesus fulfilled a multitude of prophecies that predicted the time and events surrounding His birth, His death and His resurrection.

So, Christian faith is anything but wishful thinking or a reaction to the fear of death. It is founded upon "many convincing proofs" that God did, in fact, become a Man, was crucified, was buried, rose from the dead on the third day, and now offers forgiveness in His salvation to all those who come to Him in faith.

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+1 for your explanation of belief, and everything else. great post! –  staples May 1 at 19:23
    
Isn't his death for sins the important part? How is his resurrection needed in Christianity? –  msmucker0527 May 1 at 20:48
    
@msmucker0527 Here is a talk which goes over the Atonement and way each part was important (lds.org/general-conference/1996/10/the-atonement) –  staples May 1 at 21:08
    
can you prove all you said? or is it mere belief? to believe means not knowing. –  felino May 2 at 18:18
    
@felino Acts 1:3 records that Jesus presented Himself alive to the disciples and others by "many convincing proofs". The disciples believed that Jesus rose from the dead, not because they did NOT know, but because they DID know. To say that belief means to "not know" something is a bit bizarre, and it could be turned around. Many believe Jesus did not rise from the dead, but they don't know either. More than enough evidence exists to lead the honest investigator to the conclusion that Jesus did, in fact, rise from the dead. –  Narnian May 2 at 18:56

Yes he is alive. Yes he gave his life 2000 years ago. That is the beauty of it! There is plenty of evidence supporting this claim. The Bible is full of witnesses to his death and to his resurrection.

Evidence of his Death

These are four different accounts of the same event.

  1. Matthew 27:35-50
  2. Mark 15:24-37
  3. Luke 23:32-46
  4. John 19:18-30

Evidence of his Resurrection or Life

These are individuals who have seen the Risen Lord. "By the voice of two or three witness, my word shall be established" (2 Cor 13:1)

I could give other recorded examples, but this will suffice.

What is Belief? Belief can be passive, merely an acceptance that something is true, while faith is active. Faith requires belief and trust.

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Not 'belief' - believe His teaching. Not 'faith' - be faithful to Him. Belief and faith are for those who do not 'know'. Thomas lacked faith and had no belief, and then he knew. Being a Christian means to know that Jesus is the Messiah (if only for us). Acceptance and trust does not come into it at all. –  gideon marx May 2 at 7:07
    
the Bible is a book, can a book prove anything –  felino May 2 at 18:19
    
im not a believer, i dont know if this site is only for believers, christians? –  felino May 2 at 18:20
    
That is where faith comes into play. Archaeological evidence (and others) can only take you so far. Faith is believing in things which are not seen which are true. Faith is a topic on its own and different Christian Sects will tell you their version of what it means to have faith. The Bible is a record of things which have happened, like a journal. Scientists have records as well which compiled make up a 'book' that argument could go either direction, but this site is not about debate. –  staples May 2 at 20:15
    
I'm not a believer either. And I have no faith. (I do believe in our soccer team however and I have faith in our striker, so my statement isn't quite true.) I'm a faithful 'knower' (cool word hey?). It all depends on how you use the 'book'. I can prove everything I say from the 'book' in front of all the scientists of the world. I can prove it to you. As for death - I was dead and was brought to life. (It was called a CABG) –  gideon marx May 3 at 9:47

This is simply and explicitly answered in Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Notice the words "he ever liveth" which has only one interpretation that Jesus Christ indeed is alive.

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