Jesus resurrected from the dead?
could it have happened?
if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your
faith. ...If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink for tomorrow
Corinthians 15:14, 32b NIV
an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now
in exchange for something after death.
Could it have happened?
OCCAM'S RAZOR OF NON-CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
the subject of resurrection from the dead is encountered, it is something
that adult non-Christians often approach with a typical preconception. Resurrection
and the integrity of Scripture are dismissed almost without consideration
by means of this simple argument:
A. Literal, physical
resurrection cannot happen, therefore,...
B. Literal, physical
resurrection did not happen.
is probably the Occam's
razor of non-Christian thought. The reasoning is simple, powerful,
and superficially appears to be the most likely conclusion concerning the
resurrection account. This argument is based upon a belief that today's
empirical knowledge of the universe is sufficiently complete to determine
both what can and cannot happen, and to dictate what has been observed in
regard to a man resurrecting from the dead.
is certainly not what we expect to see several days after someone has died
and been buried. Such an event has no scientific precedent or explanation.
But it is also a fact that modern science cannot determine with finality
everything that can or cannot happen. Thus this limitation of the scientific
method, coupled with the premise that an all-powerful God does or may exist,
renders the possibility of the miracle of resurrection a non-issue.
which we categorize as miraculous reduce to being one of two things: either
facets of the natural realm which are not fully understood due to their
infrequent occurrence, or supernatural actions proceeding out from an omnipotent
the question of whether or not resurrection from the dead is possible is
unnecessary. Only one question needs to be asked. That question is Was
the resurrection of Jesus a legitimate observation? In other
words, "Did it actually happen or not?" For if there was no resurrection,
its possibility is irrelevant. But if it really did happen, its possibility
is a foregone conclusion.
NEXT: Was Jesus resurrected from
the dead? - part two
What do we know about Jesus from
Do miracles really happen?