Wednesday, April 16, 2014

10. What is the simplest case you can make for the resurrection?

I'm torn on how to answer to this one. Whether I should tell you what I think or tell you what Lee Strobel said in Case for the Real Jesus or use the points made by Gary Habermas & Michael Licona in The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Whether theirs or mine, it's all stuff from previous posts with only a little new info. Maybe I'll cover their discussions later if there is interest, but instead I'm giving you my opinion. I would point out that my opinion & $5 gets you a mocha latte at Starbucks.  You may forget what I said, but don't forget the $5 if you want the coffee.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

7. How do we know it was really Jesus on the cross? How do we know the tomb was really empty?

They sound like unrelated questions, but they have a common answer.  Enemy attestation. Say what? English, por favor? The disciples' enemies did not deny the claims that Jesus died on the cross or that the tomb was empty.  They argued over what happened to the body.

Monday, April 7, 2014

6. How do we know the disciples weren't lying about seeing the resurrected Christ?

The only disciple whose fate I can remember ever being mentioned growing up was Judas.  Judas hangs himself  in remorse (Mt 27:5) after the Sanhedrin condemns Jesus.  So what happened to the other 11? They settled down, get married & live happily ever after on the royalties from all those stories? No, unfortunately, the majority died for their beliefs, for being christians and for saying they had seen the resurrected Christ.

Friday, April 4, 2014

5. How do we know there is any truth in the gospel stories?

The principle of embarrassment applies here. If you were making up a story, why would you include things that make you look bad?  The gospels include embarrassing or problematic details.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

4. How do we know the resurrection isn't a legend based on the crucifixion?

The gospels were written too soon for a legend to appear.  Legends take many years to develop, because the first & secondhand eyewitnesses have to die off before the truth can be distorted.  Otherwise the eyewitnesses say that's not what happened.