Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to "spreading the Good News" by educating others about Jesus Christ. His new homilies are posted each week.
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Our belief in a future resurrection of the dead is a central and vital part of our faith. It’s a belief that we affirm and one that cannot be left behind without completely changing the nature of what we believe (1 Cor. 15). R.C. Sproul describes it this way: The doctrine of the resurrection states that the souls of men live on after death, and that when God brings history to a close, He will raise the bodies of all human beings from the grave and reunite them to their souls, with the righteous then being welcomed to eternal life with God and the unrighteous being sent away into eternal torment. While this is a central tenet of our faith, there have been those throughout history who have believed in God and yet rejected the doctrine of a future resurrection. One such group was the Sadducees, who were prominent in the time of Jesus. In Mark 12:18-27 Jesus is confronted by the Sadducees as they try to trap Him and give the crowds reason to turn against Him. In this conversation Jesus both proves the resurrection and points out the underlying errors that led the Sadducees to this most significant error.