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The Resurrection. Did It Really Happen?
Faith Facts ^ | 1985 | William Lane Craig

Posted on 03/31/2013 2:45:14 PM PDT by grumpa

Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Here are four things that modern scholars, including skeptical scholars, almost universally agree on. (This is a very brief summary of the original):

1. Jesus died and was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

2. A group of women found the tomb empty on Easter morning.

3. Over 500 people really and truly believed that they saw Jesus alive.

4. The Christian faith exploded to all the known world in a very short period of time thereafter.

The best explanation for these events is that Jesus really did rise from the dead. But here are 3 alternative explanations, and why each has been discredited.

a. The disciples stole Jesus' body. This theory has been universally rejected by critical scholars and survives only in the popular press. This theory is rejected for several reasons, not the least of which is that the disciples were all killed for their faith. People will allow themselves to be martyred for what they believe to be true, but will not die for a lie.

b. Jesus did not really die on the cross. This theory has been entirely abandoned by critical thinkers for medical facts about crucifixion.

c. The disciples hallucinated. This theory too has been rejected by scholars as psychologically impossible. Hallucinations are usually associated with mental illness or drugs. And while one person can hallucinate, a large group of people do not hallucinate together.

For the entire article from our website that offers the classical evidentiary apologetic on the resurrection, go to:

http://www.faithfacts.org/search-for-truth/contemporary-scholarship

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TOPICS: Religion
KEYWORDS: easter; historicity; historicityofjesus; jesus; resurrection
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If Jesus really did rise from the dead, it impacts everything from politics to science and philosophy.
1 posted on 03/31/2013 2:45:14 PM PDT by grumpa
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To: grumpa

It’s a foundation of Christianity. See I Corinthians 15:3,4.


2 posted on 03/31/2013 2:47:14 PM PDT by River Hawk
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To: grumpa

Halleluiah!!!
By His stripes we are healed
Sin has lost it’s power
Death has lost it’s sting
From the grave You have risen victoriously!


3 posted on 03/31/2013 2:48:32 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: grumpa

Jesus DID rise from the dead. And it impacts EVERYTHING. PERIOD. thanks for the post


4 posted on 03/31/2013 2:49:24 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (When will the rest of America's citizens wake up to the Obamanation?)
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To: grumpa
Without the Resurrection, Jesus was just another Joel Osteen.

And Jesus was no Joel Osteen.

5 posted on 03/31/2013 2:50:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: grumpa

Yes, he really did rise from the dead!


6 posted on 03/31/2013 2:51:15 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Where’s Humblegunner?


7 posted on 03/31/2013 2:52:27 PM PDT by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: grumpa

We have all come across people who profess to be Atheists and here is a little challenge to make to people who think the Bible and God aren’t relevant.

During a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a University student asked, “Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?”

Now this is a very interesting question; and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God? In answering this student’s question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible:

First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom, literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.

Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.

Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books. Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written. And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe . Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people.

Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline- the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme- God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message-salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God’s word truly is an amazing collection of writings!

After I had shared the above facts with this student, I offered him the following challenge: I said to him, “If you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, than I challenge you to a test.” I said to the student, “I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.” I went on to say, “If you can produce such a collection of books, I will admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God.” The student’s reply was almost instantaneous, he emphatically stated, “But that’s impossible!”

“But that’s impossible!” It truly is impossible, for any collection of human writings. However, the Bible passes this test. The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or contradictions. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.

The next time you encounter someone who asks you why you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, try sharing this challenge with them. Better yet, don’t wait until you’re asked, just go ahead and share this challenge with a friend today..

You don’t even have to mention the Bible up front, just ask them if they think it would be realistic to assemble such a collection of books. After they say, “But that’s impossible!” you’ve got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of God’s word with somebody.

The way you live your life influences others ~ Be Blessed ~ Be a Blessing

Respectfully,

Gerald


8 posted on 03/31/2013 2:53:47 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” — John 6:47 King James Bible, Cambridge Edition


9 posted on 03/31/2013 2:55:21 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: grumpa

He is risen indeed!


10 posted on 03/31/2013 2:58:19 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: grumpa; flaglady47; oswegodeee; mickie; Eden Scout; magnum force 1
Did you catch O'Reilly the other night when he stated in his usual arrogant manner that he firmly believes the Bible is full of miracles that are patently allegorical?

He's a very creepy man for someone who professes to be a practicing Catholic.

He really is beginning to give me the willies when I listen to him. No staunch moral underpinnings any more, if, indeed he ever had them....just moral equivalencies and deteriorated theology.

Ditto on his political ideology.

Leni

11 posted on 03/31/2013 2:58:32 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: grumpa

Yes it really happened.

Yes Jesus beat death to bring us knowledge that the Father loves us.

Yes Jesus is still alive, right this very moment.

It really happened.


12 posted on 03/31/2013 3:00:20 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: River Hawk

It may be the foundation of Christianity and it may also have been true.

The trouble is that there is NO documentation of those facts until many decades after the event and under two circumstances -
1. By Paul who never was known to have met anyone by the the name of Jesus or Jesua.
2. By the disciples who had not written ANYTHING for well over two full decades and then only at the urging of Paul.
3. The writings of the disciples was “probably” inscribed (by a single scribe) whos writings were strangely similar in most parts (or many party at least) which indicates a singular writer who elaborated of vague verbal recitation by the disciples.

Other “Roman” documentation mentions nothing about Jesus and/or his disciples by name but does mention that there were many “Self Proclaimed” Messiahs. John the Baptist was mentioned many times but considered harmless so they left him alone as he was apparently doing no harm and was actually helping keep the population calm and non violent.


13 posted on 03/31/2013 3:17:12 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: svcw
By His stripes we are healed -- How are we healed? People died before and have been dying ever since. Believers included.

Sin has lost it’s power -- Sin is much worse now then it has been in the past. Just look around sometime.....

Death has lost it’s sting -- Have you seen anyone die? DEATH STILL STINGS....!

14 posted on 03/31/2013 3:27:33 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
You got that backward my friend;

Without the Resurrection, Jesus was just another Joel Osteen.

And Joel Osteen is no Jesus.

That's better

15 posted on 03/31/2013 3:32:27 PM PDT by STD ( Intellectuals, they are a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization)
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To: jongaltsr

Seriously, son pick up a Bible and read it, the answers are there.


16 posted on 03/31/2013 3:32:53 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: STD

Same point, different level of smarminess.


17 posted on 03/31/2013 3:33:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: lonestar

Thanks, Gerald. We say essentially the same thing at another article on our site: http://www.faithfacts.org/search-for-truth/questions-of-christians.


18 posted on 03/31/2013 4:09:45 PM PDT by grumpa
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To: MinuteGal

Stop listening to the a-hole.

Most of us a