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Birth and Resurrection

Teresa Suarez, Communications Assistant for the UMC Development Center brings our Spiritual Giving message to us today from her perspective.

One thing I miss about graduate school – sitting around debating, and trying to solve the world’s problems.  Once someone asked “Can you be a Christian if you don’t believe in the resurrection?  Or the Virgin Birth?”

The accounts from other religions tell us that many gods were born of a virgin.  Krishna in Hinduism in 900 BC, the Greek God Attis (1200 BC) and Dionysus (500 BC), Mithra in Persia (1200 BC).  One of the first gods born of a virgin was Horus out of Egypt nearly 5000 years ago in 3000 BC.  Everyone but Krishna was born on Dec 25 near the Winter Solstice.  All but Horus were resurrected.  Mithra and Attis resurrected after 3 days being dead. 

The resurrection is an incredible event in Christianity.  The triumph over death which we all have feared.  So it is easy to concentrate our high Holy Days to twice a year, Easter and Christmas.  Christmas answers a powerful need we have for intimacy with God.  What is more familiar than a god walking the earth?  No longer did heaven separate us from God.  God was here.

However, Jesus’ life is not dominated by the virgin birth or the resurrection.  The three years we have of his life point us to the revolutionary he was.  How he changed people’s minds with his actions and his words.

I clearly do not have all the answers, but my faith leads me to believe that the most important thing about Jesus is not his beginning or his end.  It is the in-between that really helps to keep my faith intact.  He preached and many believed.  He healed and many were touched.  He taught and many learned.  He loved and many knew love.

It is in the everyday that we need miracles to occur, not just twice a year in a faraway land, at a faraway time.  But now, here, where we are.