the resurrection of Jesus means nothing.. the christian mythology is not the first nor the last to have a resurrected god, god-man, so what makes it so special?If the christian God is as antropomorphic and passionate as other pagans gods what makes us say that the christian god is not pagan itself?
And that is why the Orthodox faith, or indeed any Christian faith, does not make sense to you.
I honestly do not know if you are even willing to re-examine the claims for the truth of the resurrection, but the book with which to begin is N. T. Wright's magisterial opus The Resurrection of the Son of God
There is no point for me or any one else on this forum to try to engage all of your other "questions." They are, as I said, beside the point. The resurrection of Christ, which has both temporal and transcendent dimensions, is the entry point into the Christian faith. Strong historical evidence can be offered to support this claim, but ultimately it can only be received in faith. As the great Reformed theologian Thomas F. Torrance writes:
It is essentially in this way that the incarnation and the resurrection of Jesus Christ came to be accepted by the early Church and classical Christian theology: they forced themselves upon the minds of Christians from their own empirical and theoretical ground in sharp antithesis to what they had believed about God and in genuine conflict with the framework of secular thought or the world view of their age. That God himself had become man was an offence to the Jew and folly to the Greek; that Jesus Christ rose from the dead was deemed to be utterly incredible. Yet the incarnation and resurrection forced themselves upon the mind of the Church against the grain of people's convictions, as ultimate events bearing their own intrinsic but shattering claims in the self-evidencing reality and transcendent rationality of God himself, and they took root within the Church only through a seismic restructuring of religious and intellectual belief. In the life of Jesus Christ an objective self-disclosure of God in Word and Act had taken place within the structure of the world which was discerned to be of a final and decisive nature, commanding commitment in the response of faith, in which Jesus Christ himself constituted the central point of focus in an exclusive relation with God the Father. (Space, Time and Resurrection, pp. 17-18)
If this sounds irrational, then that is only because you are presently operating within a empiricist worldview. Even science operates on axioms and preconceived beliefs that cannot be proven. See Michael Polanyi, Personal Knowledge
. Interestingly, I participated in a discussion thread over at Monachos on "Belief"
that touches on many of these epistemological issues. I probably do not have much more to offer than what I stated there.
The bottomline: The bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is everything. As the Apostle declares, "If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins (1 Cor 15:17).