Five reasons to believe Jesus rose from the dead

Five Reasons to Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead Pt. 6: Why It Matters – Adam4d.com

Over the last 5 days we have been examining 5 reasons for the resurrection as presented by Adam Ford of adam4d.com.

If you have missed any of the last 5 posts, don’t worry, take a look at Adam’s original piece.

To summarize, Adam pointed out that there are 5 good reasons to think Jesus rose from the dead namely:

  1. The Empty Tomb
  2. The Post-Mortem Appearances of Jesus
  3. The Conversion of Saul of Tarsus
  4. The Boldness of the Disciples
  5. The Explosion of Christianity

Taken in isolation, any one of these events can be explained without having to revert to non-naturalistic explanations. For example, the empty tomb could be explained by the disciples stealing the body; or the Boldness of the Disciples could be attributed to an “experience/vision” of the risen Christ.

However, taken in concert, it is hard to see how any naturalistic explanation accounts for all of these facts. Such an explanation, is a veritable “Frankenstein’s Monster” of an explanation, being neither simple, nor plausible, but rather a monstrous and freakish mishmash of doubtful and tenuous theories. In fact, such an attempt to explain the previously mentioned facts seems to betray the strongly biased presuppositions of the proposer; namely an unwillingness to entertain the thought of a non-naturalistic explanation. Without justification, such a presupposition seems arbitrary and even irrational, why not be open to the possibility of a supernatural intervention?

However, that is not the question for today. Rather, in light of the evidence we have examined together, what are the implications for us today in the 21st century. What if Jesus rose from the dead? What if he didn’t? Let us turn again to Adam, and see what He says.

 

The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. -Tim Keller

If anything you have read over the last week has made you think, then please feel free to comment in the comments section below, or flick us an email. We would love to begin a conversation with you.

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1 reply
  1. Kerry Campbell
    Kerry Campbell says:

    Yes, many times we get thrown this line- “Show me the evidence. Where is the proof? Give me a situation that is testable!” Well there it is right there. And Paul was so unashamedly confident, that he could say “If Christ is not risen then your faith is in vain” . So there it is. For us in our time of course it isn’t so accessible, but it is no more untestable than many other universally accepted historical events. “The historicity of Christ is as axiomatic for an unbiased historian as the historicity of Julius Caesar.” – F.F. Bruce

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