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Explain why the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus are important to Christians today.

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A02 - Suffering Death and Resurrection Brad Gregory 10K Explain why the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus are important to Christians today. Suffering, Death, and Resurrection are three key beliefs for Christians. They are closely linked together as Jesus suffered died and was resurrected. A modern day example of someone who suffered for their beliefs and for other people is James Mawdsley. After hearing about the terrible conditions in Burma, while backpacking in New Zealand. James decided to investigate for himself and after being deported returned only to find himself in solitary confinement for 99 days followed by 8 days of torture and his release. James returned a third time and was sentenced to 17 years for 'illegal entry and sedition'. James did not have to any of this but he did it for his beliefs. Mark's community went through great persecution at the time of Jesus. ...read more.

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Without the resurrection we would not be able to pray to him which is a big part of our religion, it is also the reason we celebrate Eucharist because if Jesus wasn't crucified we wouldn't be able to receive him at mass. Our personal resurrection or our life after death gives us the duty to behave morally and gives us the responsibility to have good judgement. It also makes sense of why some people may suffer un-justly and un-fairly. It could also be part of the purpose of living. A03 (Evaluation "For Christians to die for his/her beliefs does not make sense it is better to live for them." This statement can be argued either way because some would say that, Christians believe death is not the end and that it is only moving on to another stage in life. It is not the end; it is being rewarded by being with God. ...read more.

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As Jesus said, "whoever wants keep his life will lose it and whoever wants to lose his life will keep it." Some Christians would argue back and say that for Christianity Jesus brings atonement and that sacrifice is not needed. That death is overcome in the resurrection of Jesus, whereas in Judaism sacrifice is important part of their beliefs. In conclusion I think that it is wrong to die for your beliefs in any way, shape or form, although admittedly it did work in the case of Martin Luther King a lot more can be done for God on earth. I think that if some one dies for their belief it is taking the easy way out and not facing the challenge as Jesus did that for us when he died on the cross for us. No good can come from dying only grief and agony for loved one which is not the Christian thing to do. A person can do far more with their actions on earth than they can do when they are dead. ...read more.

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