Since Matthew is picturing their resurrection as it were as part of the entire scene here.....
Yes he is isn't he. He telling us about it years after the fact after picturing the whole scene in his minds eye, isn't he? It simply hasn't entered your brain that Mathew just maybe talking spiritually, has it?
I am also the one who raised we need to look at it perhaps in different ways
"I do have to say though, that all these bodies "sleeping" then suddenly leaving their tombs en masse does, as you correctly say appear to be " A crazy and ridiculous event" On the surface maybe, but below it may actually have meant something else entirely
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"52 the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ is the description of what is said to have happened at the exact time Jesus is said to have died, isn't it? A yes or no will do.
I don't answer yes or no.
Why ever not? That is a verse from the bible isn't it? Why can you not simply confirm that it is?
I am not a witness to be cross-examined or to be led by a lawyer.
Yes you are. You are a servant of Christ. Your job is to go out into the world and " bare witness" to the gospels and the life of the Christ. “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant ".
to be cross-examined or to be led by a lawyer.
And that is the problem isn't it? When you are put on the backfoot you have absolutely nothing in reply. Because you are only taught to speak of what you "witnessed" (which - just like the gospel writers - in your case is absolutely nothing ). And when it comes to simple questions, BOOOM! you hit a brick wall and are turned into a mangled mess of hypocrisy and contradictions.
What was the point or purpose of a load believed "dead" people "coming out of the graves" and marching on the city en masse?
What happened when they got there?
Why didn't they "rise from their tombs" BEFORE the Christ was so viciously beaten and nailed to a cross?
Where are the gasps of shock, surprise or even fear of those alive on seeing these long dead rotten stinking corpses just walking into their city en masse??
Were they arrested as followers of Jesus?
Did they ever die again?
Were they also crucified?
Were they Killed?
Did they die again in the earthquake?
Were they re-resurrected?
This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ is why the story makes no fkn sense! AND THIS is why it has to mean something else if it happened at all!!!!! I have told you, you are not clever at all. If you were you would be able to answer those simple questions above because they do have answers. But you cannot even bring yourself to confirm or deny if a biblical verse is correct. Trade secret? The only person to claim that title that has no secrets to trade.
. One just needs to be able to read the book in the way that he wanted us to read it.
I see. Which is how exactly?
Did he (Matthew) write the book for all those millions illiterate peasants of the time and in the future to be able to notice, and know, that when he wrote one thing, that they should automatically know and understand that he actually meant something else entirely?