Critical Ascension to Heaven of Christ Jesus
If Christ Jesus had not come back to life in the tomb, nobody believed that He was the Son of God or God Himself. Accordingly there should not have been the religion Christianity.
If Christ Jesus had not appeared to the Apostles and other followers after the Resurrection, nobody believed that He was the Son of God or God Himself. Accordingly there should not have been the religion Christianity.
But more importantly, if Christ Jesus had not ascended to Heaven but just disappeared somewhere around Palestine after making appearance to the Apostles and other followers following His Resurrection, nobody believed that He was the Son of God or God Himself. Accordingly there should not have been the religion Christianity.
However, as Christ Jesus was born of a human mother, it is more natural to think that He died as a man. So, a spirit given to Christ Jesus by God might have ascended to Heaven, but Christ Jesus as a man must have gone somewhere and lived to die a natural death.
It means that Christ Jesus had been holy while He had the holy spirit given by God, but after the Resurrection, God took back the spirit from revived Christ Jesus, and accordingly Christ Jesus left the Apostles and other followers. But after the Apostles and other followers believed that they had seen Christ Jesus or the spirit ascending to Heaven, they did not search for living Christ Jesus on the earth any more. They look like having believed truly that Christ Jesus had come back to Heaven.
If they had really seen Christ Jesus coming back to life from the tomb and appearing before them, they should have followed Him like before the Crucifixion. And, if Judaist priests and Roman soldiers had arrested Christ Jesus and crucified Him again, Christ Jesus could have come back to life over and over again. Then, all the Israelites and Roman soldiers should have admitted that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.
However, as if trying to avoid another crucifixion, Christ Jesus ascended to Heaven after the Resurrection. So, a mystery has remained as to what did really happen to Christ Jesus and His followers after the Resurrection.
Can modern Christians living in the world with advanced science and technology believe that Christ Jesus came back to life after the crucifixion but soon ascended to Heaven while the Apostles were watching Him?
The ascension of Christ Jesus to Heaven is a critical episode for the establishment of Christianity, but we cannot explain how it happened in a scientific or reasonable manner.
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Luk 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?
Luk 5:24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.