In order to be redemptive, his death is meant to call people to confront this evil by forging new bonds of love inspired by Jesus' death on the cross to resist oppression that killed him.
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In the story of Jesus the resurrection is the essential miracle, the deepest mystery, and the greatest stumbling block. For us, it actually has more validity, greater personal meaning and power.
Recently, atheist students at a Texas university offered porn in exchange for Bibles arguing, "same diff." Inflammatory, to be sure, but are they right?
It is the physical and symbolic focus of worship; it is worn by people as a reminder of their faith. And yet, let's face it, the cross does not have quite the same kick as it used to.
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