Thanks, I've decided to try participating in the forums a bit and thought this would be an interesting little series of posts.
I know this is debatable especially within the Christian camp, but I think the truthfulness and factual nature of the message or meat of Jesus' teachings aren't dependent on the resurrection or a belief in it. I don't think a person needs to accept that in order that he apply His teachings. I think what is more important is what is applicable, beliefs come second if they have any real bearing at all. There are beliefs in claims and dogma, and then there is application of teachings. It is the latter that makes the true difference.
Granted, it is in the Bible but what I'm trying to say is that no one is forced to believe it....rather they are required to apply that which is applicable. For example if I were teaching you about something lets just say the guitar, and you wanted to learn how to play or become familiar with playing. Lets say I told you I could burn off 200 scales behind my back with just two fingers while eating a pizza in 10 seconds, then later I drew you a diagram of some guitar tabs that shows you what notes to play and finger placement to take home and practice. Which of the two would you find more useful? which of those two would get you closer to being where you want to get learning the guitar?
So if Jesus told you He walked on water, then told you to go love thy neighbor as thyself, which of those two would be more useful for you? or if one of the Apostles said Jesus rose from the grave, and another one told you seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you which would you find more useful?