Because knowing is not about understanding, as Shestov said.
You think you need to believe in order to accept the resurrection.
But it is the other way around…
You already believe so many things and that is why you accept death.
Time. Existence. Matter. Identity. Me. You. The notion of change itself.
Who told you these exist?
Do not ask whether Christ was risen.
Could you ever die?
PS. Refer to the “What does it take to believe in Death” series of articles at the Blogger Harmonia Philosophica portal for more extensive coverage of the ideas that support our belief in Death. I was much younger when I wrote it and did not wrote so eloquently as now (at least not as much as I believe I do anyway), but my ideas were far more clear and raw. Thus, I still like them. Hope you like them too.
We recently celebrated the 50 years anniversary of
the moon landing. And yet, we saw many headlines of people speaking in favor of
a conspiracy theory which wants the moon landing to be a hoax. I will not stand
in the details of this funny conspiracy theory. What I will try to do is show
how truth can easily be turned into a lie with only one key ingredient added to
the recipe: time.
You see we went to the moon not so long ago, but
the new generation is already questioning this. It could be for fun, it it
could be due to stupidity, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that a story
which was held true from one generation is now considered by make as false. An
event which was considered the most important event man ever experienced, is
now ridiculed by people who see obvious flaws in the story.
But many people went to the moon! one might argue.
Well, many people were resurrected as well.
But resurrection is a miracle, it defies natural
laws! one might say.
So does s journey to the moon, for scientists who
lived well before Armstrong. (remember that many years ago scientists didn’t
even believe we could fly and after that they didn’t believe we could surpass
the speed of sound limit)
But we will go again to the moon! one might say.
Sure we will. And many people will resurrect again! (or are they already? Check for NDE-related articles in Harmonia Philosophica)
But many people can testify that the moon landings happen! Well, I have a much better one: Many people DIED because the resurrection happened!
All in all, time along with the arrogance (we know
better) and ignorance of newer generations, will always result in the
manifestation of one of the major (brain) functions of the human intellect: forgetfulness.
Nothing mysterious or fancy. No conspiracies or high-end philosophy. Just plain
and raw dementia.
It takes courage to accept your limits. And
recognize that what you might not remember could be something you once knew.
Because in order to do that you must challenge your own self. Only because deep
inside you can never doubt him…
Crucifixus est Dei filius, non pudet, quia pudentum est. Et mortuus est Dei filius, prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est. Et sepultus ressurrexit, certum est, quia impossibile est Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus
The son of God is crucified, this does not bring shame because it is disgraceful. And the son of God is dead, this is worthy of faith because it is illogical. Kai after his burial he rose, this is certain because it is impossible.
It is the resurrection of Christ a real event?
The answer may come from an unexpected place …
Long ago when I was reading “The Birth of Tragedy” by Nietzsche, I realized that what some people think they know about “Nietzsche the atheist” is not valid. Nietzsche in this document refers to things that easily could be part of a… theological text. He talks about this primary One, and how the man in his Dionysian ecstasy comes in harmony with it. He analyzes his opposition to the religion of his days, which contrast is based on the fact that religion has become a religion of scholars (while Logic cannot explain the world!). He talks against science and reason which try to explain the world while seeming simply adhering to its surface.
Maybe analyzing something logically is not the solution. Maybe you should stand “irrational” in front of the problem to find a solution. Isn’t that what scientists we admire as “geniuses” do?
Do you believe it? No.
The resurrection of a man who has died is a deeply illogical fact. It cannot happen based on what we know. But it is for this very reason that Shestov motivates us to believe it! Why should we believe the “reasonable” things? Not many true things are reasonable. Is it logical that we live for no reason at all and then we become fertilizer without any reason? Why immortality is irrational and the accidental existence is logical? Who has instilled such ideas to us?
Do you believe it? No.
Many say they saw him resurrected. But you do not believe them. They tell you so. You refuse to listen. You deny your own existence. An existence which cries out that you are more than a set of meat and bones. And yet you’re rational. You believe that you will die. But life itself is irrational. You cannot logically find its meaning. Because it is hidden where you are not looking. Stop thinking. See with your eyes closed. They tell you. You do not hear them. You want to see. But even if you saw you would not have believed. Because you are logical. You would try to find the “trick” behind what you see. You live a life in logic. How can you become irrational now? How can you start living now?
Do you believe it? No.
He lived and he died while being innocent. You think he did a trick. A stunt. Or even worse: you think that it was a common liar. A common liar who just got a crisis of conscience and sacrificed himself … for fun! They tell you he resurrected. Others also wrote down their testimony to satisfy your need for modern “written sources”. As you did not believe Homer, you do not believe them either. You are what you have told you to be. You hear what they have told you to listen. You are a ridiculous little man who cannot think on his own without the prior consent of his “spiritual leaders”. You would never defend with your own life something absurd that you saw happening, you would never defend your beliefs. You do not have the guts to do so. You simply follow. If “reliable sources” do not tell you so, you do not believe so. But if your “sources” tell you so, then you are ready to believe anything, no matter how absurd, without protest.
Are there parallel universes? Yes.
Do you believe it? No.
Be unreasonable and see what eyes cannot see: Resurrection means victory over death. Don’t you see? You’re not just blood and bones. You’re an enlightened being. And you have no need of sources (you have) or evidence or empirical data (which you also have) to believe. You’re a deeply irrational creature dropped in the world and you everyday feel anxious about who you are and where are you going. You know nothing, but know that there is meaning in all this.
We must be irrational! As irrational is life! Logic could never solve important problems (after all, Gödel has proved that logic cannot answer everything, and cannot even help us answer simple questions like “can you demonstrate that this proposal cannot be proved?”) while insight and intuition have provided solutions to many mysteries. Scientific riddles of ages have been solved with irrational thinking – not by “logic.Your logic makes you believe in “infinite”. And yet you have never seen it… Irrational? Your logic makes you think that there are problems without a solution (“This proposal cannot be proved”) and yet you “know” that such problems do not exist. Irrational?
We live. We are basically irrational.
Perhaps the question should be put differently.
As Rilke says, the purpose of life is to be defeated by greater things.