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Is it possible for a spirit to eat fish?

Most branches of Christianity believe that Jesus rose from the dead bodily (ie he wasn't merely a spirit at that point). The very context of the verse you are referring to, is that he was eating the ...
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Resurrection and Deuteronomy 13

For mainstream Christian denominations (including Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, mainline Protestants, and Evangelicals), Resurrection is NOT the key to Jesus's identity. Rather, the resurrection ...
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Are there any secular historical references to the natural phenomena that occurred at the crucifixion and resurrection?

Julius Africanus was an early third century Christian historian. He says that a pagan historian named Thallus mentions the darkness that occurred during Jesus' crucifixion, and that Thallus explained ...
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External reference of Jesus's resurrection?

According to The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, p125, Josephus, who died after 100AD, wrote of Jesus in his Jewish Antiquities, "...for he appeared to them alive again the third ...
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How many people saw Christ Jesus rise from the dead?

Read the whole chapter. Earlier in 1st Corinthians 15 the Bible's definitive answer to this question is given. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died ...
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Where did the disciples meet Jesus after the resurrection?

Christians who believe in the inerrancy or infallibility of the Bible argue that these two accounts are not contradictory: that Jesus met his followers in both Jerusalem and Galilee after his ...
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What common apologetic arguments support the view that it is more likely that Jesus was resurrected than his body was stolen?

I'm going to preface this by reminding the community that whether or not a theory is true is off-topic. What is taught is what's at hand, and also what's asked. The following is only addressing what ...
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How do we know that death has no mastery over Christ?

Lazarus and others died of the "first death" and were raised back to the same earthly body as before they died. Their ultimate fate was still to be determined, be it everlasting life or the "second ...
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Resurrection and Deuteronomy 13

Its hard to understand why you should think for a minute that Jesus taught anyone to follow any other god than the God of the Jewish Tanakh (ie the Old Testament). If you can add to your question to ...
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Who resurrected Jesus - the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?

Discussing "Whether Christ was the cause of His own Resurrection?" (Summa Theologica III q. 53 a. 4), St. Thomas Aquinas writes (co.): in consequence of death Christ's Godhead was not ...
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Was Thomas a believer before seeing the resurrected Jesus?

Was Thomas a believer before seeing the resurrected Jesus? Yes and No. Faith is not a binary option - it comes in degrees, has differing objects in view, and requires testing to discern it's genuine ...
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How can apologists argue that if Jesus did not rise again then Christianity and the Church would not have lasted, when other religions have?

The comment by @curiousdannii points us in the right direction. Origins of Major religions. 1) Judaism also calls on its believer's to remember the miracles that set them free from Egypt (an event I ...
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Refutations of, or Thoughts on How Jesus Became God (Bart D. Ehrman)

I have not read either of the books, How Jesus Became God or Misquoting Jesus, but I have read another of his books, Forged: Writing in the Name of God – Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think ...
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What evidence is there for the Resurrection of Jesus?

That's actually a very good question that people do not ask as often as they should. You are right that it is important to distinguish between evidence and the explanation of that evidence. With ...
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How long was Jesus in the tomb?

These three sacrifices of the Passover, Feast of unleavened bread, and the waving of the first fruit typified the death burial and resurrection of Christ and establish a timeline. At Passover on ...
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What about all those who just don't know?

Billy Graham told a story about a minister friend of his. This minister spoke to a Chinese man who had just emigrated to the USA. He had never heard of Jesus. The minister told him the whole story. ...
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Are Jesus and Lazarus the only people raised from the dead?

No. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah the Tishbite, the Prophet, raised the son of the widow of Zaraphath Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally ...
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How did the church calculate Sunday as the day of the resurrection?

There are a couple of facets to the answer. First of all, the Gospels themselves attest that the Resurrection occurred (or, at any rate, was discovered) on the “first day of the week”: Now after the ...
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Zealot hypothesis for empty tomb

As I see it, this is the core of your question: Has this hypothesis been mentioned in the literature before? The answer is "Yes, it's been thought of". It's such a common proposal, and such an ...
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Where were the two 'thieves' that were crucified at the same time as Jesus, laid to rest?

The following is about Gehenna from the New World Encyclopedia. Originally it referred to a garbage dump in a deep narrow valley right outside the walls of Jerusalem where fires were kept burning ...
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Who resurrected Jesus - the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?

How do Trinitarian Christians explain this to people who neither understand nor believe the Trinity? As an orthodoxly trinitarian Christian, I can only answer by saying how I would answer a non-...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that there were hundreds of eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus?

Below is a paragraph from Josephus’ ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ (18:63–64). At first I was hopeful that it would provide you with a secular, historical source to support eye-witness testimony to the ...
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What is the LDS (Mormon) view of the necessity of Jesus death and resurrection?

The best way to answer this question is to look at what the Book of Mormon says about it. Here are two illustrative quotes: For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth ...
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How do we know that death has no mastery over Christ?

Christ was raised in a glorified, or spiritual body: So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is ...
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What is the significance of what Jesus ate after his resurrection?

Some commentators do employ a bit of speculation on this question, including Augustine himself. The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture summarizes Augustine, saying that the fish "represent the ...
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Zealot hypothesis for empty tomb

That was exactly what those who convinced Pontus Pilate to have Jesus executed were afraid of as we read in Matthew 27:62-66 New World Translation 62 The next day, which was after the Preparation,+...
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Did Peter fully enter the tomb?

Commentators who consider the Bible inerrant and attempt to resolve the apparent discrepancy agree that Luke is simply omitting details that John includes. For example, James Burton Coffman writes: ...
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Did the conversion of Paul occur before or after the Ascension?

Have you considered what the narrative in Acts, 9:1-9, records? The Conversion of Saul [NRSV] 1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high ...
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Resurrection and Deuteronomy 13

The form of your logic seems to be as follows Premise Scripture teaches believers should not follow other gods, gods whom they have not known. Deuteronomy 13:1“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams ...
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Do some deists believe in Resurrection of Christ?

“Christian deist” is a contradiction in terms. Christians believe in the pre-incarnate existence of Jesus as the eternal and uncreated Word of God who was with God in the beginning and who is God. “...
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