These seem like secondary considerations. The whole justification for the crucifixion is that by this vicarious sacrifice, human original sin would be wiped out. If I'm wrong, hopefuly someone here will enlighten me.
Heaven and hell as they appear in the NT are absent in the OT.
Interesting. But whether Jesus was resurrected by a deity or a space alien, the burden of proof lies with those making the claim. And from where I sit, there are much more plausible explanations for this proposition.
The wiping out of original sin enabled the eternal life of all humans in the bible story That is the most important result.
Actually heaven and hell, as understood/interpeted by catholics dont appear in the new testament either. A comprehensive reading of the whole new testament, its juxtapositon with the old testament, and an accurate intepretation/translation of the words used for heaven and hell in both old and new testaments, tells an entirely different story than that traditionally espoused by the catholoic church. For example, no (or only one or two very special and unique) humans exist at present in heaven according to the bible and none are in hell. They are asleep in the grave waiting for the judgement days and resurrection. For the damned there is the second death of body and soul and then non existence. For the saved there is their establishment on the new earth after the old one is cleansed by fire in which all evil is consumed. God promises that evil will exist no more, and so the damned cannot exist in hell after that time, and they do not exist in hell now, according to the words of the bible.
Does it suprise you that such resurrection is potentially possible now, using human science or at most within a decade or so ?Doesn't that scientific fact radically alter the balance of probabilities?
If we can routinely resurrect a dead person, using cloning and memory storage/ transfer, doesn't that make the process entirely plausible.
Edited by Mr Walker, 18 April 2013 - 01:49 PM.