Did Jesus Actually Rise From the Dead? Majority UK Christians Not Sure

by Megan Briggs

A new poll conducted by the British Broadcasting Corporation suggests that a majority of those who consider themselves Christians in the United Kingdom are not convinced Jesus physically died and rose from the dead.

“Fewer than half of Christians in the UK think Jesus actually died and rose again for the forgiveness of their sins,” BBC Sunday host William Crawley summarized.

 
How Much of the Easter Story Does One Have to Believe to Be Christian?

The poll raises a very pertinent question as the world celebrates Holy Week. The way the BBC phrased it is, “how much of the Easter story” does one have to believe to be a Christian? Another way we may frame this question is to ask: Do you have to believe what the Gospels say word-for-word in order to be a Christian?

The idea that we may have misinterpreted the necessity of and meaning behind Jesus’ death is precisely what Brian Zahnd spent the better part of an interview discussing with us on our podcast.

Is This an Issue of Belief Vs. Faith?

So can one be a Christian and question whether Jesus actually died and rose again? This is a question the BBC posed to two subject matter experts. Lorraine Cavanaugh, a theologian and Anglican priest representing the view that one can be a Christian without believing in a physical death and resurrection, and Jo Frost, Director of communications for Evangelical Alliance representing the view that belief in a physical resurrection is integral to the Christian faith, joined the conversation.

Cavanuagh’s argument took the tactic that there is a difference between belief and faith. Many people aren’t thinking in terms of belief, instead they’re looking for something “much deeper and more complex, which we might possibly call faith,” Cavanaugh suggests. Faith, in contrast to belief, has to do with “encountering the crucified Lord.” To Cavanaugh, being a Christian is not so much signing off on a statement of belief as much as having an encounter with Jesus which elicits faith.

Is This an Issue of Biblical Literacy (or Lack Thereof)?

Frost, on the other hand, believes this poll suggests a problem with biblical illiteracy. She points to the fact that the poll showed that the majority of those who attend church at least once a month do believe in the physical resurrection.

When pressed on why does “someone have to be tortured and die on a cross in order for God to express love and forgiveness,” Frost responded by pointing to a Bible verse. Referring to Revelation 13:8, Frost implies that God showed compassion and mercy on us by anticipating and making a way for Jesus’ sacrifice even before the foundation of the world.

Still, some may struggle with the historical evidence for Jesus’ death and resurrection, a question which author Lee Strobel took upon himself to answer. Strobel, who used to work as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, found “an avalanche of historical data” to support belief in the physical death and resurrection of Jesus. 


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DESTROYING THE SPIRIT OF REJECTION (prt4)

PART FOUR-

Warfare Prayer
by Apostle John Eckhardt

Prayer is a very powerful weapon in the fight against rejection. Prayer brings you into the presence of God. Prayer opens up your spirit to hear the truth of your acceptance through Christ.

Prayer builds up your inner man. Psalm 144:1 is a prayer you should consistently pray over your life, so that you will be able to fight against spiritual opposition that comes against your life. This verse reads in its entirety, “Blessed be the Lord my strength, who prepares my hands for war, and my fingers to fight.” Confess, believe, and count on God to give you the strategy to gain victory over rejection.

Another one of the most inspirational psalms when it comes to spiritual warfare is Psalm 18. Praying some of the key verses in this chapter will build your faith to see great deliverance in your life. For example, verse 19 says that deliverance brings us into a large or broad place.

Sometimes the enemy wants to confine, restrict, and limit us. But through spiritual warfare we can break the limitations. We can ask God to deliver us from demons that block and obstruct our way so that we can come into a larger place.

Rejection is one of the demons that make it hard for us to move to the next level in our lives. But the Lord has given you the necks of your enemies, and you will destroy them in His name.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 18:40  Psalm 144:1


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DESTROYING THE SPIRIT OF REJECTION (prt3)

PART THREE-

Christ’s Own Rejection

When Jesus came to the earth, He was not received. Even His own people rejected him. Isaiah 53:3 says that He was despised and rejected of men. But He was rejected so that we could be delivered from rejection. He took our rejection upon Himself so that He could deliver us from rejection. Christ experienced every form of rejection possible. He is acquainted with our rejection, with our sorrow and our grief.

The biggest form of rejection came when He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” It was at that moment He became sin, and He experienced divine rejection. The Father could not accept Him because of all the sins of the world laid upon Him. God always rejects sin. Jesus became sin, went through rejection, suffered, and was beaten, wounded, and bruised in order to deliver us from rejection.

Rejection is a major stronghold, and acceptance in Christ is the central aspect of deliverance and salvation. Because of Christ’s rejection we can be accepted in the Beloved. We can be accepted through the blood of Jesus. We can be accepted by grace. We don’t have to be perfected through legalism or keeping laws. We can be accepted by faith.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:3 Matthew 27:46


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DESTROYING THE SPIRIT OF REJECTION (prt2)

By Apostle John Eckhardt

Revealed Knowledge

I have already shown how a lack of knowledge leads to destruction. Therefore taking up and seeking after the knowledge of God brings great deliverance. Proverbs says, “Through knowledge the just will be delivered.”

The enemy works overtime to keep you from gaining knowledge. He does not want you to learn about deliverance or the demonic realm because he and his demons are creatures of darkness: “For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness.”

Satan can only rule where there is darkness or ignorance. So light and revelation expose and weaken his power. You are able to break His power over your life when you know where he is and how he operates.

Churches are not teaching deliverance. There is such a lack of revelation in this area, and people remain bound, groping in darkness. People who are taught and trained in deliverance not only will receive deliverance, but they will also be equipped to minister deliverance. They will become a threat to the kingdom of darkness.

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 11:9 Ephesians 6:12


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