I can well understand how hard it is when you find that a lot of what you were taught in an authoritarian manner turns out to be incorrect. It seems like the whole rug has been pulled out – for if some of the things are wrong then does that mean they are all wrong? No it does not.
I was raised in an opposite manner to you by non-believers and nothing but criticism of Christianity. It is the scientific worldview which I took for granted. And so it is to science first which I went for the truth. But I was interested in more questions than science was asking, so I turned to philosophy and religion for that to see if there was anything there which would fit with the scientific worldview.
And so I came to Christianity with no intention of buying a prepared package by some religion. I considered every theological question separately on its own merits and made my own decision on every one of them. The result is that I came to conclusions that not only fell well within the bounds of the whole spectrum of Christianity but one which is orthodox to a remarkable degree considering. To give you an approximate idea… I am liberal evangelical who leans toward the Eastern Orthodox on some theological issues and to open theism on others.
So my suggestion is for you to toss the authoritarian prepared package approach (which after all is a leave your brains at the door kind of thing) and consider each theological question separately for yourself. Ask yourself what make sense to you and what does not. Can you read support for that in the Bible as I did, or do you have to toss the thing (or at least take what it says not quite so literally).
Finally, I would suggest to you that this is between you and God. There is ONE mediator between God and man and that is Jesus. Some church doesn’t come into that at all.
No. Don’t believe there is any such thing and I doubt there could be, because I don’t think this was an objective scientifically measurable event. It was spiritual and that is what I see being taught by Paul in 1 Cor 15 - physical in the sense of bodily but not physical in the sense of the laws of nature and the stuff of the earth.
1 Cor 15:42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50 I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.