In the letters of Paul

The Edicule

The reflections on the resurrection of Jesus are further developed in the letters of Paul. Reflections that were stimulated, in Paul, principally by two compelling reasons:

  • the Resurrection is the central element of Christian faith;
  • in its absence, faith is empty and cannot save.
We have seen that the disciples themselves did not immediately believe; some of the Corinthian Christians found it difficult to accept that the dead could be resurrected with their bodies. In the last century, Jesus’ resurrection was held to be a fable by so-called liberal scholars, who claimed that only what is verifiable by man can be accepted as true. But the resurrection of Jesus, as the greatest act of God in human history, cannot possibly be verified by man.
It is antihistorical to deny the Resurrection solely on the ground that it cannot be scientifically verified, and it is logically impossibile to seek “scientific” proof of it, inasmuch as faith in the Resurrection will never be the result of human proof.

As then Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in 1985: “The Risen One cannot be seen like a piece of wood or stone. He can be seen only by the person to whom he reveals himself. And he reveals himself only to the one whom he can entrust with a mission. He does not reveal himself to curiosity but to love.”

In the Acts of the Apostles
In the Gospels