"For Christians Jesus' resurrection is symbolic of what is to happen when Jesus returns for his people. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 .... For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
I hate to tell you Sherwin, you've been brainwashed. Like millions of others who do not read, you're only reciting what's in a 2000-year-old book that is filled with parables, metaphors, anthropomorphism, and myriad other types of apocryphal and dubious literature.
According to Saint Paul himself, in his letters, the first prediction of the return of Jesus was supposed to be at a time when, "we also are still alive." In other words, Jesus was to return during the lifetime of Saint Paul. It didn't happen then, and it won't happen now. If you were to live to be 5000 years old, you would still be waiting on Jesus to return.
I'm sure you're an intelligent guy, Sherwin, and if that is true, you need to start reading and studying geology (there are rocks across the globe that are billions of years old; rocks that makeup the foundation of the Earth - and the bible suggest that Earth and the Universe is less than 10,000 years old); study astronomy, science, and read about the discoveries of Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Edwin Hubble and the Hubble Telescope, and other great scientist, astrophysicist, microbiologist, astronomers, and mathematicians.
The more you investigate and study for yourself, you'll stop believing those outlandish medieval fairy tales. Remember, the authors of the bible thought the world was flat, thought the Earth was the center of the universe, had no knowledge of dinosaurs, had no knowledge of Earth's Neogene Period (which took place about 23 million years ago). The authors of the bible do not mention the fact that the Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago, and that humans have walked the Earth for 190,000 years. According to various "holy books," including the bible, Adam and Eve, and "God creating the universe in 7 days" (for crying out loud), took place around 4004 BC .. if this were true, planet Earth would be approximately 6,017 years old. The creation of the universe has took place over 14 billion years and the fact that we live in an ever-expanding, infinite universe, it's still in the creation faze. There are new stars born every single day, which would account for the fact that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.
I don't mention all these things to appear to be a know-it-all, or to belittle those who believe the stories told to them when they were children. When we were kids, we were told stories about the tooth fairy (some parents would place money under a child's pillow and that money was supposed to be from the tooth fairy). We were told that a fat white man came down the chimney to deliver Christmas presents (if you have no chimney then he came through the door). My parents would even go so far as to leave 3 cups and saucer's on the table, the third cup was the one "Santa used." We were told stories about the Easter Bunny. Last, but not least, we were told miraculous stories about Jesus. It didn't take long to figure out that the tooth fairy was a lie, the Easter Bunny was a lie, and Santa was a lie. Because the story of Jesus was tied into an eternal damnation, or an eternal bliss, you were forced to believe the Jesus myth. Unfortunately, it will take most people an entire lifetime to realize that the Jesus story, was, [once again] "The Greatest Story Ever Told."
PLEASE WAKE UP !
I consistently try to bring out the facts, and implore people to READ, to STUDY, to open your eyes, open your mind, and to understand that, as far as religion (specifically Christianity and Islam) is concerned, you have been duped.