story of easter
the easter story & the entire story
“No matter how you want to interpret the evidence, the fact remains that historically the tomb was empty. The resurrection proclamation could not have been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day, for a single hour, if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact."
“The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.”
Henry M. Morris
"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
1) If the resurrection is not true, how do we account for the testimony of over 500 witnesses?
“I claim to be an historian. My approach to Classics is historical. And I tell you that the evidence for the life, the death, and the resurrection of Christ is better authenticated than most of the facts of ancient history . . .”
E. M. Blaiklock, Professor of Classics, Auckland University
2) If the resurrection is not true, why would the biblical authors have placed such a preposterous event in their narrative?
"I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times…I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.”
Professor Thomas Arnold, chair of modern history Oxford
3) If the resurrection was not true, why would the biblical authors have tried to establish its credibility on the basis of women’s testimonies?
“It’s safe to say that, if the apostles wanted to convince their fellow Jews that Jesus is the Messiah, they likely would have said that Peter, or even Joseph of Arimathea, had discovered the empty tomb. The fact that all the Gospels list the potentially embarrassing detail that women were the primary witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection greatly adds to the credibility of their accounts.”
4) If the resurrection was not true, why was a body never put forward to dismiss the absurdity?
“No matter how you want to interpret the evidence, the fact remains that historically the tomb was empty. The resurrection proclamation could not have been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day, for a single hour,if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact."
5) If the resurrection was not true, how else do we give an account for his follower’s incredible turnaround from fear and flight to emboldened faith?
“Why would the apostles lie? Liars always lie for selfish reasons. If they lied, what was their motive, what did they get out of it? What they got out of it was misunderstanding, rejection, persecution, torture, and martyrdom. Hardly a list of perks!”
6) If the resurrection was not true, how do we account for the conversion of the greatest persecutor of the Christian faith months later?
For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Paul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
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