Renee asked:

In the Nicene Creed why does it say on the third day he rose again from the dead? Did he rise twice from the dead?

Tim Staples replied:

" is simply an idiomatic expression that means he was resurrected. He was raised again...Another one is in Matthew 28...when Jesus says...all authority is given to me go therefore in my name teach all nations [and so forth] and lo I'll be with you to without end...that's a contradiction right because the world is gonna end right? ...It's simply an the same way being raised from the dead doesn't mean he's going to be raised again and again and again. It simply means he's going to be raised. Or he was raised it should say."

Mark's take:

I immediately thought of the song Tubthumping by Chumbawumba. In the chorus they sing, "I get knocked down but I get up again you're never gonna keep me down." So when the person gets knocked down they get up twice? Why doesn't he just sing I get knocked down but I get up? Same thing.

Oh, and I didn't see the phrase world without end in Matthew 28 and I checked multiple translations, but I did find that phrase in the King James Bible in Ephesians 3:21: "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2015)

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Show air date: November 17, 2015

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Tim Staples

Question appeared in show: 42:05

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