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According to those holding that Lazarus was literally raised from the dead, why did Matthew, Mark, and Luke not mention it?

Commentators give a number of explanations for the silence of the Synoptists on the raising of Lazarus: To protect Lazarus from persecution Differing source material Distinct criteria for what to ...
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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

(Note: throughout, I assume we're only discussing post-Resurrection sightings.) There are at least five symmetry breakers (for the sake of making this Answer as complete as possible, I am shamelessly ...
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Was Lazarus in a coma?

The ambiguity of Jesus' initial answer confused the disciples so he elaborated: 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

he would have to accept any word of mouth relating any miraculous claim that was supposedly witnessed by anyone ever That's quite the extrapolation there. He was asked to believe what his core group ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

We are not required to have a 'leap of faith' : we do have evidence. Thomas was given the opportunity to be one of the first to believe the report of Jesus' resurrection without having personally ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

There is no reason to insist that the Hebrews passage be interpreted as a categorial rule which is devoid of exceptions, especially in light of both the writer and the reader knowing of various people ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

Christians from both sides of the continuation of spiritual gifts debate understand Irenaeus's quote here more charitably than Gibbon, and do not see it as evidence that people were being raised from ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

The answer begins where the problem began; in the Book of Beginnings, in the Garden of Eden and in what has corrupted humanity. The temptation was "When you eat of it your eyes will be opened and ...
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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

Sufficient Number of Witnesses per the Scriptures In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Cor. 13:1) The Lord often sends more than two or three witnesses to ...
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In LDS Doctrine, is the Resurrection a Priesthood Ordinance?

Brigham Young spoke of it as a Priesthood ordinance: It is supposed by this people that we have all the ordinances in our possession for life and salvation, and exaltation, and that we are ...
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Can we know the exact date of Resurrection?

It is indeed possible to calculate, within a few hours, the timings of full moons in the first century. Stochastic variations mean we cannot be more accurate. The question asks whether we can apply ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

You have to realize that Jesus himself had foretold his resurrection (John 2:19, Matthew 12:39-40). In addition to this, there was Scripture prophecy to the same effect (Ps. 16:10 cf. Acts 13:35, Luke ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Even though it is a common sense understanding that, by and large, people only die one physical death, the main point of the passage in Hebrews 9 is not to delineate how many times a person may die. ...
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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

Saint Augustine once preached: The apostles could believe in the Church without seeing it, because they saw Jesus. Now you should, likewise, believe in Jesus without seeing Him, because you see the ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

Yes, there is no doubt that Irenaeus was speaking of some raising the dead in his own time. The following extract contains the words by Irenaeus that appear to be cited by Eusebius and criticised by ...
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According to Catholicism, why do we need a resurrection if we have an immortal soul?

Although I am not a Catholic, I feel confident that I can answer this, as the answer is shared by all Chalcedonian Christians. This question really gets to the heart of what it means to be a human. ...
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Why most Christians say Jesus’ resurrection was on a Sunday?

The difference between Adventists and other Christians is NOT which day is the seventh or not. It is whether the christian Sabbath should be on the seventh day (the day of the jewish Sabbath, the day ...
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Why does Jesus value leap of faith more than those who rely on direct evidence?

The issue with Thomas was that he already had evidence, but he wanted a specific kind of evidence in addition to that. Jesus told them that He was leaving then coming back, even taking them to His ...
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Was Lazarus in a coma?

Was Lazarus in a coma? The short answer is no. In fact the Gospel according to St. John is very clear on the subject matter. The resurrection of Lazarus is one of Jesus’ public miracles. Being in a ...
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According to mainstream Christian groups, is it the soul or the body that goes to heaven?

The confusion here lies in an equivocation on the terms "heaven" and "hell." That is, the term heaven is used at different times to signify different states of affairs. In ...
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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

OP: How do Christians break the symmetry? How is this atheistic argument from analogy invalid? The analogy is invalid for a number of reasons. First it was prophesied and then fulfilled. Second it ...
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According to those holding that Lazarus was literally raised from the dead, why did Matthew, Mark, and Luke not mention it?

I believe it is simply because when Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote their respective Gospels, Lazarus was still a living testimony to Christ having raised him to life. They had no need to mention the ...
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Will men be circumcised after the Resurrection?

We won't know until the afterlife; the answer looks to be "no1" The Fourth Lateran Council rules lean toward "no", as explained by Father Paul A Deffner, O.P. THE SAME BODY Not only will ...
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Is Matthew 26:32 and John 20:9 a mistake stating that Jesus told the disciples He would rise again then stating they didn't know after it happened?

Jesus told the apostles quite explicitly that He would rise again, but they simply didn't understand Him. According to Luke 18:31-34, "Jesus took unto him the twelve and said to them: ... the Son of ...
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Why did Jesus need to die for our sins?

A Baptist would point back to the garden of Eden and the nature of the problem. There are sins that a person commits by an act of the will in opposition to what is known to be right and there are ...
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Why did Jesus need to die for our sins?

There could be two reasons for your confusion, and I answer as one who was a member of a Baptist church for many years, but am now a member of a Reformed Protestant group. It’s worth noting that that ...
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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?

If the dead are conscious, then why is the Bible silent about the afterlife experiences of those who were resurrected and had the chance to tell us about it, but for some mysterious reason didn't? ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Clearly Paul knew that some people do die more than once, having resurrected someone himself: As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. ...
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