Easter: A Religious Holiday or The Foundation of Christian Faith?

As Easter approaches, many people in American society wrestle with the question, can't we just overlook the resurrection and believe in Jesus? Some say, there are so many good teachings in Christianity that we should be able to focus on them without having to believe in a resurrection. While these statements may seem strange, they are not far from the truth in many people's minds.
The Barna Research Group surveyed people's belief in the resurrection of Christ and explored Americans' definition of the Easter holiday, asking a nationwide, representative sample of adults how they would describe what Easter means to them, personally. This results indicated that most Americans consider Easter to be a religious holiday, but fewer identify the resurrection of Jesus as the underlying meaning.

While a majority of Americans indicated some type of spiritual connection with Easter, the research also showed that a minority of adults directly linked Easter to the Christian faith's belief in the resurrection of Christ. In all, 42% of Americans said that the meaning of Easter was the resurrection of Jesus or that it signifies Christ death and return to life. One out of every 50 adults (2%) said that they would describe Easter as the most important holiday of their faith.
Perhaps the most staggering of statistics from the Barna survey is the fact that only two percent of the American population believes that Easter is the most important holiday of their faith. Why is this the case? Perhaps it is because so few place any importance on the possibility of a resurrection.
But Paul said in 1 Corinthians:
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23.
Easter is more than a period to celebrate, it is the time of reconciliation, for me Good Friday was made the best day because it is the day someone died in my stead and gave me an eternal hope.
My conclusion is this, the reason why christians have faith in Christ is for the Heavens' gain, and how then do we see this possible without acknowledging the price Jesus paid to get us there?
"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied... If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink,
 for tomorrow we die."-  1 Corinthians 15:17-19, 32

Adapted from FaithGateway Bible Study.

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