What does a Christian do when he or she cannot fully cast their faith into the literal risen Christ? Does Easter lose all significance? First of all, let me say that I respect beliefs in the literal account of the physical resurrection of Jesus and this blog is not intended to change that belief. It is intended to offer some thoughts for those who are Christians but yet have had to suspend their belief in the literal risen Christ for any number of reasons. If you can’t believe it, there is no sense faking it, yet where to from there? I have come to see a much greater meaning and significance to the resurrection story than a story about the protoplasmic reconstruction of a dead body coming to life. Body dies, body reconstructs and lives again….so what would that mean anyway since this is clearly not the result of an end of life experience for people? The meaning is much more significant than that. The resurrection means that way and wisdom of Jesus was not defeated by death on the cross, but lives on, and has done so quite successfully for a couple of millenia. The life-changing aspects of his words and his life’s example show no real signs of death……it’s an eternal life so to speak. What are some of the living words that continue to live and change the world? Here are few pretty profound ideas: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you….” “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. ” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. ” ““And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” There’s much more of course, but the idea is that these “life-giving” ideas rose again after the crucifixion and lives on today. That’s plenty to celebrate on Easter!