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When we die, our spirit bodies are separated from our physical bodies. We have no power to recombine with them. Even if we did, would we want to come back into our diseased, often mangled, sometimes deformed, old and wrinkled, etc., bodies? I know I wouldn’t.

We have no power to reunite them into perfected, glorified bodies. That, however, is the miracle of the Resurrection. Without the miracle of the resurrection, Christ’s suffering in the garden would be for naught. What happened in the tomb is equally as important as what happened in the garden.

Before we get more into the why of Christ’s suffering, let us consider further his resurrection.

The scriptures tell us that Jesus was resurrected. In other words, his spirit body re-entered his physical body, into a perfected and glorified state and not the body that suffered from the tortures of the Romans. Many suppose this was just a temporary thing, that he would once again toss off his body and remain as a spirit entity forever, but this is not so.

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14.)

Thus, we can see that the resurrection was meant to be a forever event. But was it intended for Jesus to be the only one who was to be resurrected?

Until Jesus entered into the world, no one had ever been resurrected. No one had that power. There had been those who had been raised from the dead in both the Old and New Testaments (1 Kings 17:17-22; 2 Kings 4:32-35; 13:20,21; Luke 7:11-15; 8:41,42,49-55;John 11:1-44; Acts 9:36-41; 20:9,10), but that isn’t the same as being resurrected. They all eventually died a normal death.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (1 Corinthians 15:20.)

But Jesus did have the power of resurrection and because Jesus had the power to resurrect, he opened the door for others to be resurrected, as we see in the following verse:

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matt. 27:52-53.)

“. . . and appeared unto many.”

This illustrates that, even as Jesus appeared unto many, others did also. And even as Jesus was seen of the disciples and others, those who were raised from the grave were seen by many as well. And Jesus appeared to as many as five hundred people at one time:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above [i.e. up above, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible] five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:5-6. Translators also rendered “above” as “more than”.)

We can see that the resurrection is as necessary for God’s plan for mankind as is baptism in the mode of Jesus. Otherwise, why would Jesus be both baptized and resurrected? He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness.

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. (Matthew 3:13-15.)

Can we not say that Jesus was resurrected to also fulfill all righteousness? Did he not set the example for all of us to follow?

Come, follow me . . . (Matthew 4:19.)

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It’s hard to imagine the suffering Jesus went through in both the garden of Gethsemene and on the cross. It’s also hard for many to imagine why he had to do so. For some, it was a cruel act, perpetrated on Jesus by a cruel God. Many have turned away from Christianity because of this one seemingly cruel act.

Even so, I would like to make an attempt at trying to explain this seemingly awkward scenario, if I can. However, rather than dive right into the New Testament account of this event, we must go all the way back to Adam and Eve, if we are going to begin to understand this two-thousand-year-old mysterious event.

When Adam and Eve were created, they were created immortal. That is, they could not die, as death had not yet entered into the world. This is attested to by the pronouncement of God himself:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17.)

If death was in the future tense, then death could not be in the present tense. Thus, Adam and Eve were immortal and could not at the present time die, as death had not yet entered into the world.

As it turned out, and as all believing Christians know, Adam and Eve did partake of that forbidden fruit, whatever it may have been. This indeed did bring forth that prophesied death into the world, albeit 900 plus years later, bringing into focus that a day unto the Lord is equivalent to a thousand years of man (2 Peter 3:8).

That act of disobedience also brought sin into the world. And here, we must understand that sin, in the context of the Bible, is simply disobedience to God’s commandments—nothing more, nothing less. No one outside of Christianity appreciates the concept of sin. Even for many Christians, the idea of sin has a somewhat sinister connotation.

However, in addition to this physical death of which God spoke, Adam and Even underwent another kind of death—a spiritual death. This spiritual death occurred when Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden eastward in Eden and thus were separated from the physical presence of God. Previous to this, they both walked with and talked to God. Hence, they were literally in the presence of God when they were in the garden in Eden.

As mortals living in today’s world, we continue to suffer from these two deaths—physical and spiritual. Our physical bodies die and molder in the ground, or would, were it not for the embalming process. On the other hand, our spirit bodies leave our physical bodies, which, ultimately, is the real cause of death, although illness and old age hasten that finality.

Without our spirit bodies, our physical bodies have no life in and of themselves. And in dying, we continue to be separated from the presence of God. That is, we would were there no atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But we’ll get to that.

So, thousands of years later, we continue to suffer from these two deaths because of Adam and Eve’s transgression. However, we are not born in sin, as many Christian religions believe and teach, due to Adam and Eve’s transgression. We are each responsible for our own sins and no one else’s. That is what the scriptures teach us, although there is one verse that suggests that we are born in sin. However, this is not supported by the rest of scripture, so I have to assume that some self-serving copyist inserted that one verse. You may, of course, believe as you have been taught, but I tend to view the scriptures as a whole, rather than a single verse, with very few exceptions.

What it all boils down to is this: we as mortals are all subject to sin or disobedience. All have sinned.

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20.)

And if there’s not a just man living on the earth who does not sin, then we can assume that those whom God considers unjust also sin.

And I’m sure it’s commonly believed that no unclean thing can enter into heaven, else heaven becomes polluted and unclean. If that’s not in the Bible, it should be because it’s true.

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A Christian Conundrum

There are a growing number of people who believe that not only was Jesus married, but like many of the prophets before him, had more than one wife. According to this theory, these additional wives, along with other notable women, followed him around as he went about preaching, providing sustenance for him and his twelve apostles.

From the scriptures, we know that there was a contingent of women who, in fact, did follow Jesus around. Some of them were named and some were not. Some relationships were given; others were not.

Is it possible that some of these “were nots” may have been Jesus’ wives? We can’t really know without a new revelation. And I’m wondering, if there were a new revelation, and it revealed that Jesus was, in fact, married and had several wives, how many Christians would believe it? The cry of false prophet would undoubtedly be heard throughout the land.
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The Validity or Invalidity of Tradition

So, was Jesus married or not?

In considering this question, we must remember the answer has absolutely no bearing on our salvation; yet, it is of interest to a great many people.

On the other hand, the great majority of Christianity simply do not want to hear about the subject. For them, it’s an open-and-shut case—Jesus was not married and nothing you can do or say will make any difference to them. And that’s okay; that’s where they’re at.

However, that attitude brings to mind a verse from Proverbs: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” (Proverbs 18:13.)
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John 2:1-11

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

One might ask: “What has this to do with Jesus being married or not being married?”

I would answer: “Perhaps nothing; perhaps everything.”
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This is the last look at the Wiki Answers discussion. After this, things should get a little more . . . well, interesting.

Don’t Make Assumptions

I disagree that if it had happened it would have been recorded. The Bible leaves out some 20 years of his life. Doesn’t the Bible teach he experienced everything that any man alive did? I bet sex and marriage was on that list. He probably got into fights and did a lot of other things we don’t know about.

I would have to agree with most of this statement, taking issue only with the last sentence.
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More from the Wiki Answers discussion.

Don’t Make Assumptions

Just trust what the bible [sic] said and if it is not recorded, then just don’t make your own assumption base [sic] on other facts.

In other words, if the Bible doesn’t say Jesus was married, we can’t assume one way or another that he was or wasn’t married. I would tend to agree with that . . . to a point.

Just because a the Bible doesn’t mention that Ezekiel saw an unidentified flying object doesn’t mean he didn’t see one. Don’t believe me? Check out Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10. Perhaps I’ll give my take on these verses one day.
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