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Monk-in-Training

Greetings Jathan
I can only speak for myself in these matters, so please don't take my words as having any authority past my own opinion.

For me, the historicity of the empty tomb is very important. I am a history buff, and I am NOT a literalist by any means. I know the different Gospels tell the same story different ways, and I can accept that. Not that details don't interest me, but the general flow of the story is pretty solid. Modern textual criticism has provided us with the knowledge that, though minor differences are in the record, the main witness to the Word of God, Jesus is clear enough to speak to our hearts and save our souls.

Also the reflection in the lives of those around Christ is an amazing story. I don't know of a time when people who where there and knew what happened spent the rest of their lives and died mostly in far away places and in unpleasant ways. These people stayed faithful to what THEY had seen.

The Church and faith is like that for me. While, I personally did not see the events of the Gospels unfold, people in large groups did, and they were forever changed. That is another "proof" of God and Christ to me, His love in this world.

May I live you with a quote from the Patron of my Order?

"The hour of the mysteries opens heaven, the choir of angels is present, the lowest things are joined with the highest, earthly things are joined with heavenly,
and the visible and invisible are made one."

-- Gregory the Great

Jathan

This is so true! I will be frequenting your blog.

Hey, thanks for the comment you left. I've recounted that tale of the Abbot and the old man to a couple of my friends. It's really got me thinking... I hope you don't mind if I ask you another question springing from that story...

How much do you think history matters, as far as faith in Christ goes? Could we believe in Christ even if (against what seems by far most likely to me) some historians or archeologists find immense evidence against the resurrection of Christ? One side of me thinks, "Christ is eternal, and if you have eyes to see, you see him in every instant of love that exists on this planet. News from the past changes, but the truth of Christ is unchanging. Besides, how can I live without faith in the Father that Christ revealed? I don't know how anymore, and why would I want to live any other way?"

But another side of me says, "But you cannot ignore history altogether, because then your faith is just ideas in your head."

But then the first side of me says, "No! It's not just ideas, it's a burning in my soul, and my spirit crying out."

But then the other side says, "But we must move beyond just a crying out to find true hope, and hope must be rooted in something historical, otherwise how do you know that God really ever reached out to you?"

But the first side says, "Well how do I know anyways? Faith is more than assenting to the weight of historical evidence. My relationship with God is mostly a mystery... I don't know how it began, but it is here now, so how can I leave it? Besides, am I supposed to have that kind of hope? Perhaps the hope that matters is the hope that comes when there appears to be no hope."

But the other side says, "Hope needs to be dependent upon something else, something outside of yourself, otherwise it's a fabrication, a manipulation of your own mind."

But the first side says, "But hope must come from within, not from without. It must come from my heart."

Ack! Round and round it goes. Any input?

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