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What do Christians believe about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus?

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What do Christians believe about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus? Christians believe the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are still as important today as they were two thousand years ago. The main belief is that Jesus suffered and died to save us, to free us from our sins. The Jesus seen in Mark's gospel calls himself the Son of Man and Jesus' suffering is a sign of his devotion to us. Jesus predicts his death a number of times throughout Mark's gospel and Christians have two ways of interpreting this. Either they are the words of Jesus, or Mark constructed them to emphasise the suffering and death of Jesus. Although Jesus is God, he is also human and his humanity becomes particularly evident when he goes to pray in Gethsemane, where he asks his father if he has to go through with his suffering, even though he knows that it is part of God's plan. ...read more.

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Christians believe that Jesus' death arises from our separation from God. Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden for abusing the freedom they were given, and they became separated from God. Jesus died in payment for our sins, and to restore our relationship with God, as we are incapable of restoring it ourselves because unlike Jesus, we are not perfect. Jesus died because the people of that time were afraid of what he had to say, especially the Jewish leaders, who felt threatened by him. This is shown in the question about rising from death, the Sadducees try to trick Jesus into contradicting the law of God and try to make him look stupid.4 Jesus suffered the worst type of death. He could have been executed in many ways but he was crucified. Crucifixion was reserved for the worst criminals. He hung on the cross for six hours, and the sky went black at noon, signifying the sadness and enormity of the event. ...read more.

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The forgiveness of sins opens the gates of heaven for those who want to listen. The resurrection is the central belief of the Christian churches. Without it, to many people, Jesus would just be an interesting and good man. Ultimately, the belief in the resurrection is an act of faith. Christian's believe that Jesus' was a physical resurrection, a corpse was brought back to life and in other gospels, we are told he talked and ate with people after his death, although physically, he was not the same as he could walk through walls. In rising from death, Jesus demonstrated the truth of his claims, and proved that the debt of man's sin had been paid. He also demonstrated that there is life after death. Christians believe that everyone who has died will be resurrected at the "Last Judgement". Those that God finds acceptable as a result of Jesus' sacrifice will enter heaven-the rest will not. 1 Mark 14:36 2 Mark 15:16-20 3 Mark 8:34 4 Mark 12:18-27 5 Mark 15:34 6 Mark 15:38 ?? ?? ?? ?? Becci Loughran 10D R.E Coursework AO1 1 ...read more.

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