What happened on Easter?
March 31, 2010
Anyone who doubts the literal resurrection of Jesus should read a book called ‘The Resurrection of the Son of God’ by Oxford Scholar N.T. Wright. Wright brilliantly discusses the so-called history that Dr Houston asserts belie the resurrection. Wright proves that the resurrection was a first generation teaching of the church. If the resurrection is a “myth” is first generation Christian, this then makes all the traditional arguments for the resurrection effective.
1- Why would 11 men be beaten, exiled, and killed for something they know is a lie? Many die for a lie they think is true but who dies for a lie they know is a lie?
2- Why would the movement grow rapidly in the very area that Jesus was killed? Wouldn’t people demand to see Jesus? Wouldn’t they point to his grave? Instead it grew? In 1 Cor 15, Paul points skeptics of the resurrection to the 500+ witnesses in Jerusalem who Paul says are ‘still alive’. 500+ witnesses would explain why the movement grew.
3- Alternate theories (ie swoon/near death, stolen body, conspacy etc) all have major flaws (including #1 above).
4 – The narratives offered would not have been offered if it was a lie. Why would they assert that women saw Jesus first? Women were not considered good witnesses in the first century?
And there are many other reasons that I am very confident that the resurrection was not a myth or a cleverly crafted lie. It was real….and the world changed as a result.