The evidence of Christ’s resurrection is compelling

Almost two thousand years ago the single most important and profound event in the history of mankind is alleged to have occurred.

But is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead truly a fact of history or is it a myth that is still around simply because people want to believe it?

Consider that the rise of the Christian faith began in Jerusalem right after the crucifixion with a belief in the resurrection.

Some want to claim that Jesus was just a ‘good guy’ and all the deity and resurrection stuff only came along decades later. However, even noted Christian critic Bart Ehrman has recently concluded that based on the evidence the initial teaching of the resurrection could not reasonably be placed any later than two years after the crucifixion.

It is also noteworthy that the earliest converts to the Christian faith were almost exclusively Jewish. Being Jewish early in the first century far exceeded a mere religious belief; it was a comprehensive statement about that person’s identity and it dominated every facet of their lives.

When a first century Jew converted to Christianity, they traded a lifetime of total commitment to monotheism, animal sacrifice, temple worship, a political Messiah, the Sabbath and all the special holy days for the trinity, the sacrifice of a servant Savior and church-based worship. Yet they converted by the thousands.

And how remarkable that the church rose in Jerusalem with this belief, in the very shadow of the cross and the tomb? Both Jewish and Roman leaders had a vested interest in stamping out this uprising, so they would have obviously produced the body if there had been a body to produce. Because of this and other pieces of evidence, historians overwhelmingly agree that the empty tomb is a virtual certainty of history.

So, soon after the crucifixion, a belief in the resurrection arose in the shadow of the tomb by thousands of people who gave up everything to follow a Galilean carpenter who had died a disgraceful death, all the while risking martyrdom, damnation and certain ostracism from everything they had always believed in.

What could possibly explain this if not the Resurrection being an actual historical event?

Combine this with many other evidences supporting the historicity of the Resurrection such as the conversion of the apostles from a ragtag, discouraged bunch to preaching the Resurrection all the way to martyrdom, the compelling case for the authenticity of the post-Resurrection appearances, the evidence that demonstrates the New Testament gospel authors told the truth, and the amazing testimonies of James and Saul and believers can feel very confident that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is, indeed, a historical event.

As British high court judge Sir Edward Clarke wrote, “To me the evidence is conclusive, and over and over again in the High Court I have secured the verdict on evidence not nearly so compelling. As a lawyer I accept the Gospel evidence unreservedly as the testimony of truthful men to facts that they were able to substantiate.”

The famous lawyer Sir Lionel Luckhoo put it this way, “I say unequivocally that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt.”

If the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical event, then there is a Savior who loved us enough to die for us so that we might live. The question then becomes whether we choose to accept or reject his offer of love, forgiveness and freedom. God gives us the choice and will honor our decision. He stands at the door and knocks, desperately hoping you will choose to open it.

Pepper Adams
Peachtree City, Ga.

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Fuzzy Evidence for Resurrection Historicity

Let’s follow Ms. Adams’ logic – Since many Jews and early Christians believed in Jesus’ resurrection at great personal peril of persecution, this proves the historicity of the event. After all, who would risk his life for a cockamamie scheme?

By this reasoning, Jim Jones must have been a great prophet since 909 followers in Guyana freely gave their lives on his command in 1978. Religious people would only be willing to die for a verifiable prophet, right?

Furthermore, Islam must be true because these guys blow themselves up all the time for their deity.

Pepper, please stick to apologetics based on faith to make your case rather than those based on inferred historicity from the faithful. Through the ages, the faithful seem willing to believe and do just about anything (without regard for rationality).

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Pascals Wager

Pascal stated that it was not wise to bet that there was no God. Bet that there is because:

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If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.

Pascal's Wager.

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Antithesis of Rationality - STF

Indeed, faith is believing the absences of fact. Facts, logic and reality have little to do with faith STF, you either believe or you don't. If you are a non-believer in anything, woe be it to you if you are wrong.

Years ago, too many now, I had a friend that was awarded the Silver Star, he wore many symbols of faith around his neck. I asked him on one particularly bad day for both of us, why he did that. Nick looked at me with those steely blue eyes of his and simply said, "I am taking no chances". Nick's gone from us now but I wonder if it helped him? I certainly hope so, he did good work on earth the short time he was here.

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Old timey definition of faith

Faith is evidence of things not seen.

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Jesus Christ - the Resurrection

Demonstrated that man, created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis), is not material - but spiritual.

This is a religious belief - and in the United States, we are free to 'believe' as we wish. We must ACT with respect and aknowledgement of the rights of our neighbors. IMO. To fellow believers - HAPPY EASTER!

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Agreed, Pepper's rationale misses the point. The sincerty of the apostles shouldn't be used to prove that Jesus rose from the dead. The point is that their sincerity to the point of martyrdom indicates that they were not intentionally lying about what they claimed to have seen.

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Credible Evidence that Jesus Lives

The only credible evidence of Jesus’ resurrection is his influence in the lives of his followers, not some recitation of two millennia old testimonials. Some Christians with whom I come into contact do follow Christ’s teachings. Unfortunately, rank and file Christians have ceded their voice to political operatives whose commitment to the ideals of the historical Jesus is eclipsed by radical political ideology. Just as the Left allowed Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to interpret Jesus’ teachings to the masses, now Mike Huckabee, Cal Thomas, and the ever-venomous Grove City College bunch spout politics tinged with theology on the pages of The Citizen each week.

Feed the poor has become castigate the poor for their indolence and build large, shiny edifices to use once a week. Suffer the children has become protect a fetus at all costs until he can breathe on its own, then abandon any concern for his sustenance. Turn the other cheek has become bring your assault weapon to church. Heal the sick has become one gets the treatment one can afford in life, medical and otherwise.

When the resurrected Jesus shows up in the lives of his followers (instead of the right-wing blowhards that corrupt his teachings), government run social programs will become superfluous.

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two millennia and counting

Testimonials from day one through today, reflecting His influence in the lives of His followers, is credible evidence? There is hope for you yet!

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