Why is the resurrection central to the Christian Faith?

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The life, death and resurrection of Christ is what created the Christian religion and separates it from the Jewish faith. Whilst Christians believe and accept Christ as the Son of God and their saviour, Jews do not. However it is not the life of Jesus Christ that is central to the faith - but his death and resurrection. This essay shall explore why the resurrection is so important in Christianity.

The purpose of Christ lies in the Old Testament in the very beginning of the world when Adam and Eve walked in the Garden of Eden and ate the forbidden fruit which sundered the human race to sin, suffering and alienation. Before the Fall Adam and Eve would talk to God but after they could no longer do so - they had become strangers and were "dead in trespasses and sins."

However the way out of hole is through Jesus who is the "resurrection and the life."

Jesus is the link between humans and God as he is both of them - he is the Son of God and he is the son of Mary, a human, which means he is both Godly and human. - He is a God who walks among us and is one of us. When he died and came back to life again this was once more symbolic of this for he had both his spirit and soul (heaven) and his physical body (earth). He had conquered death and opened the door away from the death of the Old Testament to eternal life in Heaven. Many Christians see the resurrection as proof that he truly was the Son of God for only God would have the power to bring the dead back to life and who else should he choose to do so than his...