EVIDENCES FOR RESURRECTION

IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

     A. Christianity Stands on the Resurrection
            Mentioned 104 times in the NT
            If Christ was not raised then:    1Cor.15:12-19;
                1. Our preaching is in vain
                2. Your faith is in vain
                3. You are still lost in your sins

   B. All hope of life after death is based on Resurrection
               1. Declared to be Son of God by - Ro.1:4;
               2. First gospel based on - Ac.2:23-24;
               3. Gospel is centered on - Ac.13:32-33;

 

THE EMPTY TOMB - the world's explanations:  

   A. Swoon Theory - Jesus did not die, only fainted.
        Counter points:
             1. Surviving Crucifixion Impossible - see
                     http://brainshavings.com/supplements/crucifixion/death2.htm
            2. Stone too large for one man Mk.16:4;
            3. What happened to the body?
            4. Why leave the burial clothes? Jn.20:5-7;
            5. How did He get pass the guards? Mt.27:62-66;

    B. Friends Stole the Body while guards slept.
        Counter points:
          1. Guards suffer penalty of death if fail. Mt.28:13-19;
          2. How can one sleeping, be a witness?
          3. The disciples all died testifying to resurrection.

   C. Legend Theory - nothing more than a myth.
        Counter points:
          1. Not enough time for a myth to develop.
          2. Legends do not have eye witnesses. Lk.1:1-2; Jn.19:35;
          3. Myths increase, Jesus' appearances decreased.

    D. Hallucination Theory
         Counter points:
           1. 500 witnesses at one time, impossible! 1Cor.15:6;
           2. No one expected the resur, Jn.20:24-28; Lk.24:11;

EVIDENCE FOR RESURRECTION 

    A. Changes in People
          1. Peter - from 3 denials to dying for Christ.
          2. Thomas - from skeptic to "My lord and my God." Jn.20:28;
          3. Saul of Tarsus
                 Persecutor of church Gal.1:13-14;
                Who converted Saul? Jews? Christians?
                Was he unstable? he was a trained scholar. Ac.22:3-4;
                Was he mad? read his writings 2Pe.3;15-16;
                He claims he saw the risen Lord 1Cor.15:8;

    B. Historical Witnesses
          a. Honesty of Witnesses
                No contradictory evidence, ever proven.
                Motives of men is usually fame, fortune, fear.
                Lived poor men,  Ac.3:6;
                Suffered through persecution 2Cor.11:23-26;
          b. Competency of Witnesses
                They were eye witnesses to the resurrection.
                Mentally capable, their writings prove that.
                They were not gullible Lk.24:22-25; Jn.20:24-29;
         c. Number Of Witnesses
               1Cor.15:3-8; can't believe 500, won't believe 10,000

                Too much evidence to disregard their writings and it's reliability.

         d. Historicity of Writings

Author          Date Written       Earliest Copy            Span
Plato                  350 BC             900 AD                1200 yrs
Aristotle             350 BC           1100 AD                 1400 yrs
Thucydides        410 BC             950 AD                 1400 yrs
Tacitus               100 AD             860 AD                   760 yrs

New Testament Manuscripts
Sinaiticus            75 AD              340 AD                  250 yrs
Alexandrius        75 AD               425 AD                 350 yrs
Vaticanus           75 AD               350 AD                  275 yrs
Ephraemic         75 AD               450 AD                  375 yrs
Bezae                75 AD               500 AD                  425 yrs

5 of 500 manuscripts of the NT dating within 400 yrs of events.

 

Nelson Glueck, Palestinian Archeologist, wrote:

"It may be stated categorically that no archeological discovery has ever

contradicted a biblical reference. Scores of Archeological findings have

been made which confirm in exact detail, historical statements in the Bible."

 

F.F. Bruce, Historian

"There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such

a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament."

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