Did Jesus Rise From the Dead Truth Card

We have much more to say about this in our blog post, "Who is Jesus? Proving Once and For All That He Lived, Died, and Rose"

Most Important Questions to Focus On

1.  Is there evidence (even outside of the Bible) that Jesus walked the earth and was crucified on the cross in the 1st century AD? (answer is yes).

2.  Then what happened to His body?

 

Understanding the Above Questions

About 99% of New Testament scholars (both liberal and conservative) would say that there was a person named Jesus, who walked the earth in the 1st century AD.

Why? Because the Bible says so?

No, because there are non-Christian 1st century and other early writers who wrote about Him (this is called EXTRABIBLICAL evidence (evidence outside of the Bible).

Also, about 95% of those same scholars (both liberal and conservative) would say that Jesus was crucified on the cross, under Pontius Pilate in the 1st century AD.

Why? Because the Bible says so?

No, again it is because there are non-Christian 1st century and other early writers who wrote these things about Him.

SO, the million dollar question is if we know Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth and was crucified on the cross in the 1st century AD, then WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS BODY?

If He rose from the dead, then this validates what He said when He was on the earth, that He truly was the Son of God.  But maybe He didn't rise.  We will look at the alternatives below.

Alternatives To Jesus Rising From the Dead

Maybe Jesus Hypnotized the Disciples Into Thinking He Rose From the Dead 

11 of the 12 disciples (not counting the apostle John) were martyred, proclaiming the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, and we have some of their testimonies of this in written form, in the New Testament.

They all SAW the risen Lord.  People who are hypnotized do NOT have the same experiences - they see different things.  Group hypnosis (them all seeing the same thing) does not work.

Yet each of them proclaimed the same thing, that they had seen Jesus, risen from the dead.

Furthermore, this theory would still have the problem of the tomb.  If they were hypothetically all hypnotized, people could just walk over to Jesus' tomb and see that He was still dead, and prove Christianity was false.

Maybe Jesus Never Actually Died on the Cross (Called Swoon Theory) But Just Fainted So They Thought He Was Dead

This theory has a lot of problems as well.

The problem with this theory, firstly, is Jesus' flogging.  Jesus was whipped and bloody.

Have you ever gotten a cut on the bottom of your foot?  How does it feel to walk even a few steps on that foot?

So Swoon Theory says that Jesus was beaten and bleeding from his shoulders, down his back, passed his buttocks, and onto his thighs, and is laying there in a tomb for multiple days, without food or water.

Then somehow, He manages to get up, walk over to the 2-ton stone door, roll that away, still bleeding, walk out the door, fight off the Roman guards keeping watch, whose lives depended on them keeping watch, then walk miles to where His disciples were, and appear to them, and say, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, follow Me."

Can you imagine the disciples thinking to themselves, as He is bleeding all over the ground, "Wow, I really want that sort of resurrected body as well."

No, they would have said, "Get this guy a doctor!"

Maybe the Disciples Just Stole Jesus' Body and Said He Rose From the Dead

The problem with this theory is that the disciples would not die for a lie.  Would you?

If you knew something was a lie (something that you made up), and someone was about to kill you for it, would you stick to your lie?

Doubtful.  Additionally, this doesn't explain the conversions of St. Paul, and James the brother of Jesus (who did not believe in Jesus as the Son of God until after He rose from the dead).

 

For Further Study, Check Out Our Blogs "Is Jesus Real? Shocking New Proof That Jesus Walked the Earth" and "Who is Jesus? Proving Once and For All That He Lived, He Died, and He Rose"

For further reading on this topic, I recommend these books:

Did Jesus Rise From the Dead (1987)

By: Dr. Gary Habermas and Dr. Antony Flew

 

Did Jesus Rise From the Dead - Welcome to Truth

Putting Jesus in His Place (2007)

By: Dr. Robert Bowman Jr. and J Ed Komoszewski

Putting Jesus In His Place - Welcome to Truth

Evidence for the Historical Jesus (2020)

By: Dr. Gary Habermas

Evidence For the Historical Jesus - Welcome to Truth

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (2004)

By: Dr. Gary Habermas and Dr. Mike Licona

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus - Welcome to Truth

I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist (2004)

Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek

I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist - Welcome to Truth

For Our List of the "50 Best Christian Evidence Books Ever," Check This Out