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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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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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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 old will we be in heaven?

No one knows for sure. The Bible doesn't speak directly to this issue, no Pope has spoken ex cathedra about it, and no ecumenical council has addressed it. The "angelic doctor" Thomas Aquinas wrote ...
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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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Why did Jesus say the dead girl was "not dead but asleep"?

The Bible often uses the word sleep to refer to those who are dead, especially those who are going to be resurrected to life. So I think Jesus meant that the girl was not dead forever, without hope. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why did Christ need to be the first person to be resurrected?

The answer is because Jesus was without sin. When Adam and Eve first sinned, not only were they thrown out of the Garden of Eden, but they were also rendered mortal; they were now capable of dying. ...
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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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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?

Arguments from silence are no arguments at all. With Lazarus, who had been dead 4 days, three highly significant factors are often overlooked. First, that Jesus delaying the resurrection of him until ...
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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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Where can I find out more about other people rising from the dead, when Jesus died on the Cross?

Ellen G. White, who many in the Seventh-Day Adventist church consider a modern day prophet (according to Rev. 12:19, and 19:10) had this to say about this event. I believe she wrote this by ...
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Isn't reincarnation affirmed by the Bible?

The short answer is: No, reincarnation is not affirmed in the Bible. Here is the long answer, extracted from my article, "The Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Reincarnation": What does the ...
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What is the difference between the first and second resurrection in the book of Revelation?

The two events only differ on two points: Who is raised. When they are raised. Both parties are actually judged equally, and we assume the method of the raising is the same. The First Resurrection ...
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