Columbia, SC — The Rev. Neal Jones does state some interesting things about the birth of Jesus in his guest column (“The Christmas story: neither fact nor fiction,” Dec. 19), but his belief that the resurrection never occurred denies the cornerstone of our religious faith: Jesus died for our sins and came back to life.
Paul speaks of the resurrection of Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:4: “and that he was buried, and that he rose the third day according to the scriptures.” He did not seem to think this was a childish belief. Paul goes on to say that if Christ did not rise from the dead, his preaching is in vain and so is our faith.
If Jesus did not perform miracles and was not raised from the dead, what is our faith based on? I am no theologian. My faith is that of a child. I am in awe of God’s power to perform miracles and raise the dead.
I will continue to believe Jesus is sitting on a throne in heaven and is very much alive.