“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
Christianity has many important doctrines that offer theological moorings to our faith. While there is much debate as to the significance and priority of each, none is more important than the work of Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. It was preeminent in the preaching of Paul. For his audience then, and for you and me, it is the difference between life and death.