Christians often tell me that one of the things that makes Christianity different from other religions is that Jesus conquered death. They claim no other religious founder did that and that this is definitive proof that Christianity is the real deal. So if Jesus conquered death, where is he now?
If Jesus really conquered death as Christians claim, then he should be walking around the world. We should be able to talk to him and actually have him talk back to us in the flesh. We should be able to test his knowledge of ancient events and perhaps run some medical tests on him to determine that he is indeed over 2000 years old.
You can’t just claim that some person who lived 2000 years ago is still alive and not be able to show him off. Anyone can make such a claim, but being able to back up that claim with actual evidence is the trick. I can say that Aristotle conquered death and then make up some ridiculous excuse for why you can’t meet him. Maybe he built a spaceship and left the planet or something, but he came back from the dead and is still alive… I swear. Somehow I doubt that would satisfy my Christian friends.
So when I ask Christians about where Jesus is now, they tell me that he is sitting at the right hand of God in Heaven. Well, isn’t that convenient. This is when Christians drag out the Bible as evidence to this fact. Well shit, then maybe Qui-Gon Jinn has conquered death too. My evidence for this is the Star Wars Saga of course.
The claim that someone conquered death is not new nor is it convincing without actual evidence. Personally, I don’t even think it is desirable. Who really wants to live forever, anyway? After all, life would lose all meaning if it wasn’t finite.
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