Recently I read an article in which a leader in a prominent denomination was asked if he would still be a Christian if he were presented with irrefutable evidence that the resurrection of Christ did not happen. He said, yes, he would still be a Christian. He went on to say that the moral virtue of the message is enough for him to believe in Christianity. He could not be more wrong. Not that I have anything against morality. But it means nothing without the resurrection. In fact Christianity is nothing without the resurrection. I'll go further. Christianity is a scandalous lie without the resurrection.
The fact that Jesus died and then rose from death back to life is not just part of our message, it is the thing upon which everything else hangs.
The Apostle Paul puts it this way: "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins." (1 Corinthians 15:17)