Four Historical Facts that Prove Jesus Rose from the Dead

Four Historical Facts that Prove Jesus Rose from the Dead
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>>ANNOUNCER: ON TODAY’S PROGRAM: FOUR HISTORICAL FACTS THAT PROVE JESUS REALLY ROSE FROM THE DEAD:>>DR. WILLIAM LANE CRAIG: THE FIRST OF THESE IS THE HONORABLE BURIAL OF JESUS. THE SECOND OF THESE IS THE DISCOVERY OF HIS EMPTY TOMB. THIRD WOULD BE THE POST-MORTEM APPEARANCES OF JESUS; AND FOURTH WOULD BE THE ORIGIN OF THE DISCIPLES’ BELIEF THAT JESUS WAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD.>>DR. N. T. WRIGHT: A.D. 20 “THERE AIN’T SUCH A THING AS A CHRISTIAN CHURCH.” BY A.D. 120, THE EMPEROR IN ROME IS GETTING WORRIED LETTERS FROM ONE OF HIS PROCONSULS OFF IN NORTHERN TURKEY ABOUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THESE CHRISTIANS. SO IN THAT CENTURY, YOU HAVE THIS EXTRAORDINARY THING SUDDENLY APPEARING OUT OF NOWHERE. AND ALL THE EARLY CHRISTIANS FOR WHOM WE HAVE ACTUAL EVIDENCE WOULD SAY, “I’LL TELL YOU WHY IT’S HAPPENED. IT’S BECAUSE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH AND THE FACT THAT HE WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD. “>>ANNOUNCER: WE INVITE YOU TO LISTEN TO 8 WORLD FAMOUS SCHOLARS TELL WHY THE EVIDENCE PROVES, JESUS REALLY ROSE FROM THE DEAD.>>DR. JOHN ANKERBERG: NOW, HERE’S ANOTHER QUESTION: WAS JESUS BURIED IN A TOMB OR THROWN TO WILD DOGS? DO ARCHAEOLOGISTS THINK THEY HAVE EVIDENCE THAT SHOWS WHERE JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED AND WHERE HE WAS BURIED? TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND TO GET A CLEAR PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO JESUS AT THE END OF HIS LIFE, THERE ARE CERTAIN HISTORICAL FACTS, WHICH MUST BE EXAMINED.>>CRAIG: IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THERE ARE FOUR FUNDAMENTAL HISTORICAL FACTS, WHICH ANY CREDIBLE HISTORIAN MUST ACCOUNT FOR IF HE’S TO GIVE A TENABLE HISTORICAL HYPOTHESIS ABOUT THE FATE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH. THE FIRST OF THESE IS THE HONORABLE BURIAL OF JESUS. THE SECOND OF THESE IS THE DISCOVERY OF HIS EMPTY TOMB. THIRD WOULD BE THE POST-MORTEM APPEARANCES OF JESUS; AND FOURTH WOULD BE THE ORIGIN OF THE DISCIPLES’ BELIEF THAT JESUS WAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. NOW, WITH RESPECT TO THE FIRST OF THOSE, THE BURIAL OF JESUS, THE MAJORITY OF NEW TESTAMENT SCHOLARS WHO HAVE WRITTEN ON THIS SUBJECT AGREE THAT JESUS OF NAZARETH WAS BURIED BY JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA IN A TOMB.>>ANKERBERG: SCHOLARS BELIEVE JESUS WAS HONORABLY BURIED BY JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA BECAUSE OF THE EARLY HISTORICAL EVIDENCE. JEWISH ARCHAEOLOGIST DR. GABRIEL BARKAY IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE FOREMOST AUTHORITY ON TOMBS IN JERUSALEM DURING THE TIME OF JESUS.>>DR. GABRIEL BARKAY: THE DETAILS THAT WE HAVE IN THE GOSPELS ABOUT THE BURIAL OF JESUS, THEY FIT WELL WITH THE EVIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN THE FIELD.>>CRAIG: WHAT THE GOSPELS SAY IS THAT JESUS OF NAZARETH WAS LAID IN A TOMB BY THIS ENIGMATIC FIGURE, JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA, WHO APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE IN THE GOSPELS, AND CONTRARY TO EXPECTATION, GIVES JESUS OF NAZARETH AN HONORABLE BURIAL IN A TOMB. MOREOVER, MARK TELLS US THAT THIS MAN WAS A MEMBER OF THE SANHEDRIN, THE VERY COUNCIL WHICH HAD JUST CONDEMNED JESUS TO BE CRUCIFIED. AND THAT JOSEPH SINGLES OUT JESUS AMONG THE TRIO OF MEN THAT HAD BEEN CRUCIFIED FOR SPECIAL CARE BY GIVING HIM AN HONORABLE BURIAL IN A TOMB RATHER THAN ALLOWING THE BODY TO SIMPLY BE DISPATCHED INTO A COMMON GRAVE RESERVED FOR CRIMINALS. THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY AND REQUIRES SOME SORT OF EXPLANATION.>>ANKERBERG: IN FACT, WE DISCOVERED THAT ARCHAEOLOGISTS THINK THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SELPULCHRE MAY MARK THE ACTUAL SITE OF THE TOMB IN WHICH JESUS WAS BURIED BY JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA.>>ANKERBERG: OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS THE TRADITIONAL SITE WHERE CHRISTIANS THINK THAT JESUS WAS BURIED. YOU WERE ASKED TO DO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK, OR PART OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK ON THIS SITE. TELL ME, DO YOU THINK THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE JESUS WAS ACTUALLY BURIED?>>DR. MAGEN BROSHI: WELL, THERE IS HIGH PROBABILITY. VERY HIGH PROBABILITY.>>ANKERBERG: DR. MAGEN BROSHI IS A RESPECTED JEWISH ARCHAEOLOGIST AND SCHOLAR ON THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD. HE WAS ASKED TO CONDUCT THE EXCAVATION AT THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SELPULCHRE FOR A RATHER UNUSUAL REASON.>>BROSHI: THEY INVITED ME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIG. WHAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM WAS THAT I WAS AN INFIDEL. I WASN’T A CHRISTIAN. THEY DIDN’T WANT CATHOLICS. THEY DIDN’T WANT GREEK ORTHODOX. THEY WANTED SOMEBODY WHO WAS ABSOLUTELY “NEUTRAL” AND THAT WAS THE CASE.>>ANKERBERG: NOW, THE EVIDENCE DR. BROSHI FOUND WHILE EXCAVATING AT THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SELPULCHRE LED HIM TO DEFEND IT AS THE MOST REASONABLE PLACE FOR THE BURIAL OF JESUS. I ASKED HIM WHY.>>BROSHI: FOR TWO REASONS. ONE REASON IS THAT THE TRADITION SHOULD BE TRUSTED. IT WAS TOO IMPORTANT TO BE FORGOTTEN, AND THERE WAS A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN JERUSALEM, AROUND JERUSALEM THAT WOULD HAVE CARRIED ON, HANDED IT DOWN FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE OTHER. AND THE SECOND REASON IS THAT THE AREA WAS A GRAVEYARD AT THE TIME OF JESUS. IT WAS A GRAVEYARD AND THERE ARE SEVERAL GRAVES AROUND HERE. THERE WERE MORE, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN OBLITERATED BY LATER BUILDING ACTIVITY.>>ANKERBERG: ALL FOUR GOSPELS REPORT JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA REQUESTED PERMISSION FROM PILATE TO BURY JESUS, AND THAT HIS BODY WAS LAID IN A TOMB CUT OUT OF SOLID ROCK. THREE OF THE WRITERS SAY THE TOMB WAS NEW; THAT IS, NO ONE HAD EVER BEEN LAID IN THE TOMB BEFORE. ALL FOUR ACCOUNTS MENTION A STONE THAT WAS ROLLED AGAINST THE ENTRANCE TO THE TOMB. MATTHEW ADDS, IT WAS A LARGE STONE.>>CRAIG: IF JESUS WAS IN FACT BURIED BY A JEWISH SANHEDRIST IN JERUSALEM, AS THE GOSPELS CLAIM, THAT MEANS THAT THE LOCATION OF JESUS’ TOMB WAS KNOWN TO BOTH JEW AND CHRISTIAN ALIKE. BUT IN THAT CASE, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE HOW A MOVEMENT FOUNDED ON BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION OF A DEAD MAN WHO HAD BEEN PUBLICLY EXECUTED IN JERUSALEM COULD ARISE AND FLOURISH IN THE FACE OF A TOMB CONTAINING HIS CORPSE. SO THAT THOSE SCHOLARS WHO WANT TO DENY SUCH THINGS AS THE EMPTY TOMB, THE RESURRECTION APPEARANCES, ALSO FIND THEMSELVES FORCED TO DENY THE FACT OF THE HONORABLE BURIAL OF JESUS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST AND BEST ATTESTED FACTS ABOUT THE HISTORICAL JESUS THAT WE HAVE. IT’S EXTREMELY AWKWARD FOR THEM.>>ANKERBERG: SOME PEOPLE SAY, “WELL, THE ANSWER TO THAT IS THAT THE DISCIPLES STOLE THE BODY. THAT’S WHY THE TOMB WAS EMPTY. “>>CRAIG: NOBODY SAYS THAT ANYMORE. THAT THEORY HAS BEEN COMPLETELY ABANDONED SINCE THE EARLY 1800’S. NO RESPONSIBLE SCHOLAR HOLDS TO SUCH A THING.>>ANKERBERG: BUT WHY HAVE SCHOLARS CONCLUDED THE DISCIPLES DID NOT STEAL JESUS’ BODY? AND WHY HAVE THEY ABANDONED THE THEORY THAT JESUS DIDN’T DIE ON THE CROSS THAT HE JUST FAINTED OR SWOONED?>>DR. GARY HABERMAS: IN HIS MAJOR WORK IN 1835 IN LIFE OF JESUS HE SAID THE SWOON THEORY IS NOT GOING TO WORK AND THE PROBLEM WAS THIS: IT IS SELF-CONTRADICTORY. WHAT YOU HAVE FROM THE “SWOON” IS A LIVING JESUS BUT NOT A RESURRECTED JESUS, AND HERE’S HOW IT WORKS. JESUS SHOULD HAVE DIED ON THE CROSS; HE DIDN’T. HE SHOULD HAVE DIED IN THE TOMB; HE DIDN’T. HE CERTAINLY CAN’T ROLL THE STONE AWAY. NO PROBLEM. HE DID. NOW, STRAUSS DIDN’T BELIEVE IN A GUARD, BUT FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE A GUARD IS SITTING OUT THERE, HE WORKS HIS WAY THROUGH THE GUARDS. BUT HERE’S THE PROBLEM FOR STRAUSS. AGAIN, YOU’VE GOT: DIDN’T DIE ON THE CROSS; DIDN’T DIE IN THE TOMB; COULDN’T ROLL THE STONE. HE COMES TO WHERE THE DISCIPLES ARE. [KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK] HE KNOCKS ON THE DOOR. WHAT’S THIS MAN GOING TO LOOK LIKE? HE’S A HUMAN JESUS. HE’S BEEN CRUCIFIED. HE’S WORKED THE WOUNDS OPEN AGAIN. HE’S BLEEDING FROM THE SCALP. HIS HAIR HAS NOT EVEN BEEN WASHED. I MEAN, YOU’VE GOT SWEAT AND BLOOD, AND HE’S WORKED THE SIDE OPEN AGAIN. AND HE’S HUNCHED OVER, HE’S LIMPING, HE’S PALE. AND [KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK]: “I TOLD YOU I WOULD RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.” ONE PROBLEM, STRAUSS SAID, WITH THE SWOON THEORY IS, YOU GET A JESUS WHO IS ALIVE, BUT YOU DON’T GET A JESUS WHO IS RAISED. NOW, STRAUSS DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION, BUT HE KNOWS THE DISCIPLES DID. AND THE PROBLEM IS, “SWOON” CAN’T ACCOUNT FOR THE EXPERIENCES THAT THE DISCIPLES HAD THAT THEY THOUGHT WERE APPEARANCES OF THE RISEN JESUS.>>ANKERBERG: IN ADDITION, THE SECOND MAJOR FACT WHICH HISTORIANS MUST EVALUATE IS THE EMPTY TOMB.>>CRAIG: THE MAJORITY OF SCHOLARS WHO HAVE WRITTEN ON THIS SUBJECT AGREE THAT THE TOMB OF JESUS WAS PROBABLY FOUND EMPTY BY A GROUP OF HIS WOMEN FOLLOWERS EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING. THAT REPRESENTS THE HISTORICAL CORE OF THE EMPTY TOMB NARRATIVE AS WE FIND IT IN MARK. SECONDLY, I THINK THAT THE EMPTY TOMB STORY IS ALSO MULTIPLY AND INDEPENDENTLY ATTESTED IN EARLY SOURCES.>>HABERMAS: THE EMPTY TOMB IS PREACHED VERY EARLY. YOU’VE GOT PAUL IN 1ST CORINTHIANS 15 SAYING HE DIED, HE WAS BURIED, WHAT WENT DOWN IS WHAT CAME OUT, AND WHAT CAME OUT IS WHAT APPEARED.>>ANKERBERG: WHY IS THAT SOLID EVIDENCE?>>HABERMAS: BECAUSE CRITICS, AGAIN, IF YOU’RE USING THIS METHODOLOGY THAT SAYS WE’LL USE THE FACTS THAT CRITICS ADMIT AND FACTS WHICH ARE WELL ATTESTED, PAUL IS ADMITTED TO BEING AN EYEWITNESS. THE BOOK IN WHICH HIS TESTIMONY APPEARS IS ALREADY EARLY, ABOUT 25 YEARS AFTER THE CROSS, BUT THEN THE CREEDAL PASSAGE THAT HE REPORTS, OR THAT EARLY TRADITION FROM VERSES 3 AND FOLLOWING, 1 CORINTHIANS 15, IS EARLIER STILL. AND IN GALATIANS 1 AND 2, HE’S GOT APOSTOLIC CONFIRMATION OF HIS MESSAGE FROM PETER AND JAMES IN GALATIANS 1; PETER, JAMES AND JOHN IN GALATIANS 2. SO YOU’VE GOT THIS INTRICATE INTERWOVEN “AN ACCREDITED, EYEWITNESS MESSENGER WITH AN EARLY BOOK, WITH AN EVEN EARLIER CREED” AND IT’S TEACHING OUR, OUR FACT HERE IN QUESTION: THE EMPTY TOMB.>>ANKERBERG: FURTHER, THERE IS ONE FINAL PIECE OF EVIDENCE THAT PROVES JESUS’ TOMB WAS EMPTY. THE JEWISH LEADERS THEMSELVES TESTIFIED TO THIS FACT.>>CRAIG: THE EARLIEST JEWISH RESPONSE TO THE PROCLAMATION OF THE RESURRECTION WAS NOT TO POINT TO THE OCCUPIED TOMB BUT RATHER TO SAY THAT THE DISCIPLES HAD STOLEN THE BODY. IT WAS ITSELF AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN AWAY WHY THE BODY WAS MISSING. SO THAT WE HAVE HERE EVIDENCE FROM THE VERY ENEMIES OF THE EARLIEST CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FAVOR OF THE EMPTY TOMB, EVIDENCE WHICH IS SIMPLY “TOP DRAWER” BECAUSE IT COMES NOT FROM THE CHRISTIANS BUT FROM THE VERY OPPONENTS OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT.>>ANKERBERG: THE HISTORICAL EVIDENCE SHOWS JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON A CROSS, HIS BODY WAS LAID IN A TOMB THAT WAS CUT OUT OF SOLID ROCK, AND THREE DAYS LATER, THAT TOMB WAS FOUND EMPTY. SO, WHAT HAPPENED TO JESUS’ BODY? WE WILL TURN TO THIS QUESTION NEXT.>>ANKERBERG: HISTORIANS BELIEVE THAT AFTER WATCHING JESUS DIE ON THE CROSS, HIS DISCIPLES FLED IN DESPAIR. THE QUESTION THAT IS RAISED IS: WHAT CAUSED THEM TO CHANGE THEIR MIND AND PROCLAIM JESUS WAS ALIVE AND THAT HE WAS THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD?>>CRAIG: ANY RESPONSIBLE HISTORICAL HYPOTHESIS HAS TO ACCOUNT FOR IN EXPLAINING THE FATE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH IS THE FACT THAT AFTER HIS DEATH DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS OF PEOPLE CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN JESUS OF NAZARETH ALIVE FROM THE DEAD ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS AND UNDER VARYING CIRCUMSTANCES. NOW, THIS GENERAL FACT IS ONE THAT IS UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED TODAY AMONG NEW TESTAMENT CRITICS.>>ANKERBERG: BUT ACCORDING TO THE HISTORICAL SOURCES, HOW MANY PEOPLE CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN JESUS?>>HABERMAS: NOW, OF COURSE, THE KEY LIST THERE IS IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15. IN THAT LIST YOU HAVE INDIVIDUALS, LEADERS OF THE CHURCH. PAUL STARTS WITH PETER, ENDS WITH HIMSELF; IN THE MIDDLE HAS JAMES, THE BROTHER OF JESUS, THREE KEY INDIVIDUALS WHO SAW THE RISEN JESUS. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE GROUPS AND THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO ASCERTAIN SOME EVIDENCE FOR THESE APPEARANCES. YOU HAVE THE TWELVE; YOU HAVE A GROUP HE CALLS “ALL THE APOSTLES”; YOU HAVE MORE THAN 500 BRETHREN, MOST OF WHOM REMAIN ALIVE. NOW, WHEN YOU GO TO THE GOSPELS, I THINK ALSO WITH GOOD GROUNDS WE HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE WOMEN. YOU HAVE SEVERAL WOMEN AT THE TOMB AND PROBABLY MARY MAGDALENE ALONE AS SHE RETURNS. SO YOU’VE GOT THEM SIGHTING JESUS AS WELL AS THE EMPTY TOMB AND, AGAIN, IF YOU’RE GOING TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD, YOU DO NOT USE WOMEN BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GO TO A LAW COURT. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO IMPRESS PEOPLE IN FIRST CENTURY PALESTINE. BY FAR THE BEST REASON FOR STARTING WITH THE WOMEN AND SECONDARILY WITH MARY IS VERY SIMPLE: THEY SAW THE RISEN JESUS. NOW, THE GOSPELS ALSO TELL US ABOUT A LONG WALK WITH TWO MEN ON THE WAY TO EMMAUS. I MEAN, IT TAKES A WHILE TO WALK AND TALK FOR MILES WITH THIS VISITOR WHO TURNS OUT TO BE JESUS. YOU HAVE APPEARANCES TO THE GROUPS OF DISCIPLES. YOU HAVE IN JOHN 20 ALL THE DISCIPLES PRESENT EXCEPT, OF COURSE, JUDAS AND THOMAS. YOU HAVE A SECOND APPEARANCE A WEEK LATER WITH THOMAS IN THE FAMOUS INCIDENT WHERE THOMAS ASKS FOR EVIDENCE. SO YOU’VE GOT A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES. YOU’VE GOT MEN AND YOU’VE GOT WOMEN. YOU’VE GOT INDIVIDUALS AND YOU’VE GOT GROUPS. YOU’VE GOT INDOORS, OUTDOORS, SITTING, STANDING, FISHING, MAKING A SHORE LUNCH; WALKING WITH THEM; HANGING ON BY THE ANKLES. WIDE VARIETY.>>ANKERBERG: BUT SCHOLARS WANT TO KNOW, “WHAT DID THESE PEOPLE REALLY SEE? DID THEY SEE JESUS IN HIS PHYSICAL BODY, OR IN SOME KIND OF A VISION?”>>DR. BEN WITHERINGTON: MOST SCHOLARS WOULD CERTAINLY SAY THAT THE DISCIPLES BELIEVED THAT THEY SAW JESUS, AND MANY OF THEM WOULD WANT TO JUST LEAVE IT THERE AND SAY, “OKAY, IT WAS SUBJECTIVE PHENOMENON THAT HAPPENED HERE. ” BUT IF YOU INTERPRET THOSE GOSPEL DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE RESURRECTION APPEARANCES OF THE RISEN LORD, AND YOU INTERPRET THE PAULINE EVIDENCE, THE REST OF THE NEW TESTAMENT EVIDENCE, THEY WERE CLAIMING FAR MORE THAN THAT. THEY WERE CLAIMING TO ACTUALLY HAVE A PHYSICAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS AFTER HIS DEATH, AND THAT HE ATE, WAS TANGIBLE, COULD BE TOUCHED, THAT HE WAS STILL MOVING IN SPACE AND TIME AS A REAL PERSON. SO THEY WERE CLAIMING MORE THAN JUST HAVING HAD A VISION OF JESUS.>>ANKERBERG: NOW, SCHOLARS HAVE USED DIFFERENT WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT THEY THINK THE DISCIPLES SAW. SOME CLAIM THE DISCIPLES SAW AN “ORDINARY” APPEARANCE OF JESUS, THAT IS, JESUS WAS LITERALLY, PHYSICALLY PRESENT WITH THEM. HE ATE WITH THEM, AND INVITED THEM TO TOUCH HIM.>>CRAIG: IF THERE HAD BEEN PEOPLE THERE WITH TAPE RECORDERS AND CAMERAS, THEY WOULD HAVE HAD PHOTOGRAPHIC AND AUDIO IMAGES OF JESUS APPEARING IN THE UPPER ROOM. THAT WOULD BE AN ORDINARY APPEARANCE.>>ANKERBERG: OTHER SCHOLARS USE THE WORD “VISION” TO DESCRIBE WHAT THEY THINK THE DISCIPLES SAW. A VISION IS DEFINED AS SEEING AN OBJECT IN THE MIND WITHOUT THE USE OF THE FIVE SENSES. FURTHER, THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF VISIONS: A TRUTHFUL VISION AND A FALSE VISION. AN EXAMPLE OF A TRUE VISION, WHAT SCHOLARS ALSO CALL A “VERIDICAL” VISION, WOULD BE A PROPHET WHO RECEIVES INFORMATION FROM GOD.>>CRAIG: A VERIDICAL VISION, I THINK, WOULD BE AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT STEPHEN SAW WHEN HE WAS STONED. HE LOOKED UP AND SAW THE HEAVENS OPENED AND HE SAID, “I SEE THE SON OF MAN, STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.” BUT THE JEWISH PERSECUTORS ABOUT STEPHEN SAW NOTHING AT ALL. THEY DIDN’T PERCEIVE ANYTHING AND THEY RUSHED UPON HIM AND STONED HIM AND KILLED HIM. WHAT STEPHEN SAW WAS A VERIDICAL VISION, A GOD-INDUCED VISIONARY SEEING OF THE EXALTED CHRIST.>>ANKERBERG: BUT SCHOLARS ALSO TALK ABOUT FALSE OR NON-TRUTHFUL VISIONS. AN EXAMPLE OF A FALSE VISION, WOULD BE A PERSON WHO GETS DRUNK AND SEES A PINK ELEPHANT. THEY REALLY DO SEE THE PINK ELEPHANT, BUT IT IS A HALLUCINATION, PURELY A PROJECTION OF THE PERSON’S OWN MIND AND IS NOT REALLY THERE. THIS IS WHAT SCHOLARS USUALLY REFER TO WHEN THEY ADMIT THE DISCIPLES SAW SOMETHING, BUT THEN IMPLY IT WAS SOME KIND OF VISION, NOT A LITERAL PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF JESUS. SO THE QUESTION IS, DID THE DISCIPLES KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REAL PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF JESUS AND A VISION OF JESUS IN THEIR [MINDS]?>>CRAIG: NOW, IT’S INTERESTING THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT DRAWS A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN “APPEARANCES” OF CHRIST AND “VISIONS” OF CHRIST. THE APPEARANCES OF THE RISEN CHRIST WERE TO A LIMITED CIRCLE AND SOON CEASED. BUT VISIONS OF THE EXALTED CHRIST WENT ON IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH.>>ANKERBERG: BUT WHAT CAN BE SAID TO THOSE WHO CLAIM JESUS’ DISCIPLES WERE ONLY HAVING HALLUCINATIONS?>>HABERMAS: WHAT’S WRONG WITH HALLUCINATION THEORY? PROBABLY NO THEORY HAS MORE PROBLEMS. PROBLEM #1: GROUPS OF PEOPLE, NOT EVEN TWO AT ONCE, SEE THE SAME HALLUCINATION. AN HALLUCINATION IS SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE SO FIRMLY THAT YOU INVENT THE MENTAL PICTURE. TWO CANNOT SHARE AN HALLUCINATION ANY MORE THAN TWO CAN SHARE A DREAM. YOU HAVE EXAMPLES OF GROUP APPEARANCES AND YOU HAVE THEM, FOR EXAMPLE, THREE IN 1ST CORINTHIANS 15:3FF, THOSE ARE NOT HALLUCINATIONS, NOT AS A GROUP. SECONDLY, THE DISCIPLES DIDN’T BELIEVE IT. IT’S GRANTED BY EVERYBODY, BOTH FROM SCRIPTURE AND FROM PSYCHOLOGY, THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE EXUBERANT, EXPECTING DISCIPLES AFTER THIS CALAMITY-BEST FRIEND, LIVELIHOOD, EVERYTHING IS DESTROYED. AND THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE HOPING FOR A RESURRECTION AND MAKING THESE SORTS OF IMAGES. SO SECOND, THEY’RE NOT IN THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND. THREE MAY BE THE MOST DEVASTATING ONE. TOO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE, TIMES, PLACES. YOU HAVE MEN; YOU HAVE WOMEN. INDOORS, OUTDOORS. WALKING, STANDING. EVERYTHING. THE PROBLEM IS, TO BELIEVE THAT EVERY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE MANUFACTURED A PRIVATE, INDIVIDUAL HALLUCINATION IS BEYOND CREDULOUS. WE RARELY EVEN SEE HALLUCINATIONS TODAY, BUT THEY WERE JUST SUPPOSED TO HAVE THEM ON DEMAND. THAT’S TOO PROBLEMATIC. FOURTH PROBLEM: IF THE DISCIPLES WERE SEEING HALLUCINATIONS, WE’VE GOT A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH THE EMPTY TOMB. IT WOULDN’T BE EMPTY. AND SO THE LEADERS ARE SAYING, “NOW, FELLOWS, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM HERE.” NOW CRITICS SAY, “NOW, COME ON, 50 DAYS LATER WHAT WOULD THE BODY LOOK LIKE?” HEY LOOK, IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. THIS BODY LOOKS LIKE IT’S CRUCIFIED. HERE’S THE NAILS. THIS IS YOUR MAN. BLOWS THE THEORY AWAY. SO THE EMPTY TOMB IS A DEATHBLOW TO HALLUCINATION.>>ANKERBERG: IN ADDITION, NEITHER VISIONS NOR HALLUCINATIONS EXPLAIN WHAT THE DISCIPLES PROCLAIMED, NAMELY, THAT JESUS LITERALLY, PHYSICALLY ROSE FROM THE DEAD.>>CRAIG: IT’S OFFERED AS AN EXPLANATION OF THE APPEARANCES; BUT IN FACT, IT DOES NOT EXPLAIN WHY THE DISCIPLES CAME TO BELIEVE JESUS WAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. FOR YOU SEE, GIVEN THE TYPICAL JEWISH MENTALITY ABOUT BELIEFS IN THE AFTERLIFE, THEY WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THAT JESUS WOULD HAVE GONE TO ABRAHAM’S BOSOM, TO PARADISE, WHERE THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD WOULD BE WITH GOD UNTIL THE RESURRECTION AT THE END OF THE WORLD. AND THEREFORE, IF THEY HAD HALLUCINATED VISIONS OF JESUS, THEY WOULD HAVE PROJECTED VISIONS OF HIM AS EXALTED, IN HEAVEN, WHERE GOD HAD TAKEN HIM UP UNTIL THE RESURRECTION AT THE END OF THE WORLD. BUT THAT, AT MOST, WOULD HAVE LED THEM TO PROCLAIM THE “ASSUMPTION” OF JESUS INTO HEAVEN OR THE “GLORIFICATION” OF JESUS IN HEAVEN, NOT HIS LITERAL RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. FOR THE JEW, THE RESURRECTION WAS AN EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE IN SPACE AND TIME, IN HISTORY, AND THEREFORE SOMETHING MORE IS NEEDED THAN JUST HALLUCINATIONS OF THE DEAD MAN TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY CAME TO BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS RATHER THAN MERELY HIS TRANSLATION INTO HEAVEN.>>ANKERBERG: NOW, THE FOURTH HISTORICAL FACT ACCEPTED BY ALL HISTORICAL SCHOLARS IS THAT THE DISCIPLES BELIEVED JESUS APPEARED TO THEM AND PROVED HE HAD RISEN FROM THE DEAD.>>WRIGHT: THE ORIGIN OF CHRISTIANITY IS ACTUALLY ITSELF ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY PHENOMENON IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. A.D. 20 “THERE AIN’T SUCH A THING AS A CHRISTIAN CHURCH. ” BY A.D. 120, THE EMPEROR IN ROME IS GETTING WORRIED LETTERS FROM ONE OF HIS PROCONSULS OFF IN NORTHERN TURKEY ABOUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THESE CHRISTIANS. SO IN THAT CENTURY, YOU HAVE THIS EXTRAORDINARY THING SUDDENLY APPEARING OUT OF NOWHERE. AND ALL THE EARLY CHRISTIANS FOR WHOM WE HAVE ACTUAL EVIDENCE WOULD SAY, “I’LL TELL YOU WHY IT’S HAPPENED. IT’S BECAUSE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH AND THE FACT THAT HE WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD. “>>ANKERBERG: NOW, ONCE WE FACE THESE FOUR HISTORICAL FACTS SQUARELY, NAMELY, THE HONORABLE BURIAL OF JESUS, THE EMPTY TOMB, THE POST-MORTEM APPEARANCES OF JESUS, AND THE DISCIPLES’ BELIEF THAT JESUS WAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, THESE FOUR FACTS CALL FOR THE CONCLUSION THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD.>>HABERMAS: WE HAVE FRAMED THIS ARGUMENT TO TAKE FACTS, WHICH BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS HOLD IN COMMON. AND WHAT WE WANT THE CRITIC TO UNDERSTAND HERE IS, THESE ARE YOUR FACTS. THEY’RE IN YOUR BOOKS. THEY’RE IN EVERYBODY BOOKS. THE DISCIPLES BELIEVED THEY SAW THE RISEN JESUS. HOW DO YOU STOP THIS PATH FROM “THOUGHT THEY SAW” TO “REALLY SAW”? YOU COME UP WITH A NATURALISTIC THEORY. AND I WANT THEM TO TAKE ONE OF THOSE AND RUN WITH IT. DON’T HIDE BEHIND “SOMETHING HAPPENED.” TELL ME WHAT THESE FACTS INDICATE.” I THINK WE’RE PUSHING STRAIGHT TOWARD THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.>>CRAIG: I BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU ASSESS THE VARIOUS ALTERNATIVES, THE VARIOUS LIVE OPTIONS, USING THE ORDINARY CANONS OF HISTORICAL ASSESSMENTS, THE BEST EXPLANATION FOR THE FACTS IS THAT GOD RAISED JESUS OF NAZARETH FROM THE DEAD.>>ANKERBERG: NOW, IF GOD DID RAISE JESUS FROM THE DEAD, WHAT WAS HE TRYING TO TELL US?>>DR. DARRELL BOCK: I THINK THE GOSPEL IS THE GOOD NEWS THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED A WAY TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE FOREVER, NOT AS A TICKET, BUT INTO A RELATIONSHIP. AND HE HAS PROVIDED THE WAY TO THAT RELATIONSHIP THROUGH THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST, NOT ONLY THE SACRIFICE FOR SINS BUT THE PROVISION OF HIS VERY OWN SPIRIT COMING INTO YOUR LIFE SO THAT YOU CAN RELATE TO GOD ON A HEALTHY LEVEL, AND OVERCOME THE SINFULNESS THAT IS INHERENT IN YOU. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT GOD IS COMMITTED TO THAT RELATIONSHIP, SO COMMITTED TO THAT RELATIONSHIP THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY SON TO DIE THAT IT MIGHT TAKE PLACE. AND THE ONLY REQUIREMENT THAT EXISTS-IT’S A SERIOUS REQUIREMENT-THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT HE’S DONE THAT FOR YOU AND, IN FAITH, YOU ASK FOR THAT RELATIONSHIP THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. IT’S THAT SIMPLE, AND THAT DEMANDING, BECAUSE ONCE GOD COMES INTO YOUR LIFE, HE’S IN IT TO DO A MARVELOUS WORK, A WORK THAT GROUNDS YOU IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THAT WILL NEVER END.>>ANKERBERG: AND SO THE SEARCH BRINGS US TO THIS POINT. WHAT HAVE WE DISCOVERED?>>EVANS: SO IF A PERSON IS GOING TO SAY JESUS IS NOT GOING TO BE IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE, I’M NOT GOING TO BELIEVE IN HIM, THEN THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SAY THAT FOR OTHER REASONS BESIDES HISTORICAL….THE EVIDENCE IS THERE, THE SOURCES ARE THERE, THE PICTURE IS CLEAR AND COHERENT, AND IN MY ACADEMIC OPINION, THE PICTURE IS QUITE COMPELLING.>>WRIGHT: THEREFORE, THE HISTORIAN, WHETHER THAT HISTORIAN BE A SECULARIST, A MUSLIM, A CHRISTIAN, WHATEVER-THE HISTORIAN HAS TO SAY, “HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE FACT THAT THIS MOVEMENT SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE WITH JESUS AS THE MESSIAH, EVEN THOUGH JESUS HAD BEEN CRUCIFIED?” THE ANSWER HAS TO BE, “IT CAN ONLY BE BECAUSE HE WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD.”>>CRAIG: THE CLAIM OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS ALONE MAKES HIM UNIQUE AMONG RELIGIOUS FIGURES OF THE WORLD. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE GOOD EVIDENCE FOR IT MAKES IT MORE THAN UNIQUE. IT MAKES IT ASTONISHING.>>ANKERBERG: FOLKS, TODAY I WANTED YOU TO HEAR SOME OF THE WORLD’S LEADING SCHOLARS EXPLAIN WHY THERE IS GOOD HISTORICAL EVIDENCE THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD. BUT MAYBE YOU SAY, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE TO ME JOHN THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD? WELL FIRST, JESUS’ RESURRECTION PROVES HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN HE CLAIMED TO BE GOD. YOU KNOW THAT JESUS SAID “BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM THE I AM.” JESUS SAID, UNLESS YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE, NAMELY GOD, YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS. HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD PROVES HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN HE CLAIMED TO BE GOD. AND SECOND, JESUS’ RESURRECTION OFFERS HOPE THAT WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR YOU TO DIE, JESUS CAN DELIVER ON GIVING ETERNAL LIFE TO YOU IF YOU WILL COME TO HIM AND PLACE YOUR FAITH IN HIM TO SAVE AND FORGIVE YOU. AND HERE, I WANT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR. JESUS TAUGHT THAT NO MAN OR WOMEN IS AUTOMATICALLY HEADED TOWARD HEAVEN. THE BIBLE SAYS, “ALL OF US HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.” WE ALL HAVE A SIN PROBLEM THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH. OUR SINS HAVE SEPARATED US FROM GOD, AND UNLESS WE ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE US, OUR SINS WILL ETERNALLY SEPARATE US FROM GOD WHEN WE DIE AND WE WILL BE PUNISHED FOR OUR SINS IN HELL. SO HOW CAN JESUS HELP US? WELL, HE VOLUNTARILY CAME TO EARTH TO PAY FOR OUR SINS, TO BE OUR SUBSTITUTE, THE ONE THAT GOD PUNISHED IN OUR PLACE, FOR THE SINS THAT WE HAVE COMMITTED. THE BIBLE SAYS, “HE HIMSELF BORE OUR SINS IN HIS BODY WHILE ON THE CROSS. “FOR GOD SENT NOT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD; BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.” JESUS SAID, “HE CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THOSE WHICH ARE LOST.” DID YOU KNOW THAT JESUS IS SEEKING TO SAVE YOU TODAY, AND HE HAS THE POWER TO SAVE AND FORGIVE YOU, NO MATTER HOW MANY SINS YOU HAVE COMMITTED. YOU SAY, I WOULD LIKE HIM TO DO THAT JOHN. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO? NUMBER ONE, ADMIT TO GOD THAT YOU ARE A SINNER. NUMBER TWO, BELIEVE GOD WHEN HE SAYS THAT CHRIST DID EVERYTHING THAT IS NECESSARY FOR YOU TO BE FORGIVEN AND ACCEPTED BEFORE GOD. AND THEN, 3RD, PRAY AND RECEIVE CHRIST INTO YOUR LIFE BY FAITH. TELL JESUS THAT YOU ARE PLACING YOUR FAITH IN HIM TO CLEANSE YOU OF ALL YOUR SINS, AND INVITE HIM TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE. COMMIT TO FOLLOWING JESUS FROM THIS MOMENT ON AS HE GIVES YOU THE STRENGTH TO DO SO. IF YOU WILL, THE BIBLE SAYS, “BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND YOU WILL BE SAVED.” AND ONE OTHER THING. IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY’S PROGRAM AND WOULD LIKE TO ORDER OUR FULL TWO HOUR DOCUMENTARY ON DVD ENTITLED: THE SEARCH FOR JESUS, IT FEATURES 21 OF THE WORLD’S LEADING SCHOLARS, WHO PRESENT THE HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR JESUS’ BIRTH, HIS LIFE, HIS CLAIMS, HIS MIRACLES, HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS, AND HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. ALL FOUR OF THESE HALF-HOUR TELEVISION PROGRAMS WERE TAPED ON LOCATION IN THE HOLY LAND AND ARE AVAILABLE TODAY FOR A GIFT OF $49. 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For real !!! I read about it in my Bible and it said so it is written walk by faith and not by sight let no man deceive you by any means I believe

Dumbest crap I have ever heard of this is why nobody believes in this Christian crap.
All of his 4 reason can not be proven, jesus can't even be proven nor your gods. Wakeup gullible people
All religions are bad and there are no gods.

Do your research all gods are man made.
Have you ever seen a god any god and you never will it's time to wakeup gullible people and stop letting these people control you.
All religions are bad and there are
no gods.

The bible can not be used as historical evidence.
If this crap was true and factual we would all be in agreement and to this day they are still trying to convince you that it is true, and to this day there has not been 1 shred of evidence for a god or gods. All religions are bad and there are no gods.

2 biggest religions build of the most important event of human life, Jesus's Resurrection, Islam and Postmodernist atheism, "the god of this age" knows how to react. Both deny Christ was Son of God and rose from death or Jesus never existed. You have all of their followers in this discussion.

thanks for the video,
if one needs proof, there is no faith. to use science to discard , one can pay for there belief with a second death. what I love most is that no one can make another submit to Christ, and no one can stand in-between ones submission to Christ. Aman brothers and sisters, God bless all

The original Church of Jesus Christ did not survive, because the Roman empire did not allow them to. They remained in hiding and could not do what they did before out of fear they would be also killed. Because they were so oppressed the other Church's thrived, and Going to the Apostles themselves, among other original church members had listened to the Apostles story's and wrote them down. Out of respect for the Apostles they waited until the last one died and came forward to say they had the original story. At that time they picked and chose and what parts of the story's they wanted to keep, and put in the ground the parts they could not use, which is why there isn't much about the temple. As many Christians were forced to abandon the temple because of the Jew's and the Jewish laws that cause Jesus death. Non of the books were written by the Apostles as there was a rule that they couldn't publish their own story's, so to keep God and Jesus and not say they did anything. The bible is only a half truth, only because it only contains half the truth, so the rest was never used. I don't much care for false prophets

Just Believe Don't go for details. He is a Son of God or He Would not bother to Say Forgive them Father for they don't know what they do.

I simply don’t get why the Protestant denomination apologists continue to gloss over the Shroud of Turin when it is irrefutable scientific evidence

He for got one thing. Luke 13:3..I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. REPENT is an action verb.

Thanks be to God for sending Jesus to die for the whole world. I'm a fourth generation Christian born in India and I have lived seven decades. My were responsible for telling about Jesus from childhood.

I had theoretical knowledge of Christ. His love toward all people and His suffering on the cross is something great. In childhood we suffered poverty and mental torture as my dad was a victim of partition problem which affected all of us. Thank God for His abounding Grace. My parents had faith in God and had regular prayer amidst hatred and redicule. When I was 18 I gave my life to Him. I am 73 and have been serving God since 54 years and found that God is real. The Good news of Christ has changed people s lives around the world. Schools, hospitals and churches every where. Thanks be to God for the missionaries who carried the Gospel every where. Rev. Dr. Lawrence Jayapalan M.A.B.D.M.Th.Ph.D.

I've been a born again Christian for 20 years and have seen one common thread in all atheists. None of the evidence of Jesus existence or resurrection is acceptable. There is evidence of the existence of the disciples. If Jesus and what HE did was a myth as atheists insist, why would the disciples preach Jesus teachings after His death burial and resurrection KNOWING that in doing so they were going to be killed. All of them were given the chance to recount what they were preaching as a hoax….NONE of them would.

Before that, after JESUS arrest, all HE had to do to save himself was admit HE was a fraud.

Who would allow themselves to be beaten by a Roman solder that was an artisan with a cat of nine tails knowing they were likely to die… IF they were lying ?

Who would anyone ALLOW themselves to be crucified on a cross knowing they were going to die for a lie ??

Ask yourself this, why is it that one man has caused such controversy ? How is it that in over 2000 years none of the sceptics have been able to prove that JESUS wasn't who HE said HE was.

The WORD OF GOD has power and it stands on it's own. God ( JESUS) doesn't need me to defend HIM. HE defends ME !!!

The church of Holy Suplcre is not the place of burial of Jesus.He died and was buried outside the gates of Jerusalem.Holy Suplcre was inside the city walls.The Garden Tomb below the Hill of the Skull, Golgotha is much more credible as it outside the city walls and it was close by.

This like saying Santa is real. Where is it outside the Bible? Another way that slick Preachers pick your pockets. Look at these slick preachers. The sights were because of Helena, Constantine mother,was told about the sights, no proof. Where is the manuscripts of Bible. Only fragments, not until the fourth century. When Romans put people on the cross they didn’t take them down, just a warning to others. It was easier to cut their head off, like Paul.

It’s only natural……after Jesus horrifying death the preservation instinct of his followers became activated…..they were neither prepared or anticipated such “unhappy-ending”. to their king or “ “Mesiah”and spiritual leader….
Jesus had told them that “the hour has come when the son of man was to be handed over to the forces of evil”. ….and revealed to them that these events had to take place in order for him to be able to redeem the sins of the world.. it was known that only through his blood they could be redeemed….Jesus also let them know that they were entering a period that would be the most difficult time of their lives and that their “their very faith will be shaken” ……after his death …filled with fear and confusion most of the apostles disbanded and decided to quietly go back to the life they had before meeting Jesus .and the truth is ..at the time …they had “no-desire”. to end up the same way Jesus did and at this point in history it looked like Jesus Godspell had died with him…..But things started to change once Jesus proved his power over death..
Through his resurrection….but even the rumors of resurrection would not be enough to make his followers regroup …..most of them were having doubts about what they were supposed to do..and the officials round-up and killing Christians……but then ….what brought them back? and comeback the Did ..even stronger and more knowledgeable than ever in the faith (with many speaking different languages and preaching the Godspell where-ever they went)…..places they had not even been there ever before but then had no problem speaking to the crowds….the answer is very simple to those that can think for themselves….not only did Jesus resurrected but also he kept appearing in the flesh to his followers multiple times to prove that “due to his sacrifice they all had been awarded the eternal and ever lasting life”. and he was the living prove of life after death that he had spoken about….in the beginning they were very afraid and thought of it as seen a ghost..but in a very natural way he said do not be afraid…and by his constant appearances and re-appearances…and sending the holly -spirit to guide their ways ….then and only then………. after providing them with ample-assurances and all proves that they needed did his followers made the decision to go and spread The Godspell of Jesus……..without such manifestations and empowerment by the holly-spirit.. it would have never happened…and the apostles knew that they would most certainly be executed at some point in the future.and it came to pass the Jesus prophesy on the destruction of the temple and the city of Jerusalem and the
“End of times”. Referring to what was to become of Jerusalem in the following decades after his death….._and the eventual resetting of the calendar ….

He died for HIS PEOPLE THE ISRAELITES. They are " The Lost" sheep OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL. He is coming back to save HIS PEOPLE, from Their ENEMIES. MAINLY EDOM.

And I say that I caught a 36-inch bluegill. My saying I did is proof that I did, right? You don't need to see the fish or a picture of it right next to a ruler. You believe me, right? You don't need any concrete evidence. You believe that 36-inch bluegills exist, don't you? And you want to know why I don't believe in God?! The existence of a 36-inch bluegill is more plausible.

Jesus / Yeshua did not knock on the door whyere the disciples were hiding away together, when he appeared to them, they did noit open the door to let Him in, He was already in standing between them and speaking to them. They obviously recognized Him. He also gained entrance in His own way, the 2.nd time when he visited Him and gave Thomas evidence that he was alive. He also ate some food on 2 occasion, once in the house, and again at the sea where He met them. They were not Christians then, the were People of The Way!!!

If the resurrected dude was Jesus, why didn’t his disciples recognize him on the road? And why did Thomas need to see his piercings? I mean, if my buddy died & I saw him walking around 3 days later, I’d recognize him.

The book of Eric says that Eric died and rose from the dead 3 days later. The book also says that 1000 people saw it and many of those died defending their belief in Eric's resurrection. It's in a book so must be true. Praise be to Eric!

Please fact check the claims made it this video, there are no other sources apart from the bible around the time of Jesus' death, and even the gospels were written at least 70 years after his death. Just because it is written in a book doesn't make it true. When they say historical sources they are only referring to the Bible. The disciples did not write the bible.

Total rubbish!
These "facts" are purely Hearsay and Wishful thinking!!!
Not a single historian wrote about this Jesus during his supposed lifetime!
It's a myth!!!!

All your evidence comes from the Bible. Take away the Bible. Demonstrate Jesus rose from the dead without citing the Bible, and you are not allowed to cite secondary evidence, I.e. evidence that was derived from the Bible.

A bit of slight of hand. They confuse two categories. Witnesses of the risen Jesus and accounts of there being multiple such witnesses. There are incontrovertibly no independently testified to witness accounts and there are a limited number of New Testament sources, which are all heavily interdependent. So forget 'hundreds'!

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life. The Lord Jesus Christ is TRULY PRESENT in the Blessed Sacrament which is the Holy Eucharist, if Jesus Christ is NOT the Jewish Messiah then why does the Devil and the Demons tremble when they hear the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the NAME above all NAME.

Part I

Let me take you to chapter 3 of the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ is standing there as a Pharisee who was a Rabbi who he lived at the Ferry house where all of this will take place.

Standing among those of Adam was the Royal one from heaven whose name was Jesus, he was there to be introduce to the family of the Hebrews, as the first born of the house of Israel.

Now we have two different men standing at the Ferry house when John the Baptist comes and he sees the Pharisees standing there. John says to those of Adam; Oh the children of the Serpent. Now turning to the newly revealed sons of the Devil, he says to them; who has warned you to flee the wrath to come and do not say within your selves that you have Abraham as your father, for of these stones God is able to raise up offspring unto Abraham and now the axe is laid to the tree and every tree bring forth not good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.

This story now divides and takes two different routes one for Jesus the Royal one from heaven and the other route is of Jesus Christ the Jew.

These two routes will take seven weeks to complete in the lives of each man.

Now for the next scene to unfold and it will be the route taken by Jesus, the Judean of the whole house of Israel. Jesus, the Royal one from heaven steps out of the throng of those of Adam and he talks with his cousin John and after a discussion it is decided that John will dip his cousin Jesus in the water of the Jordan river and when he comes up out of the water he is baptized by the Holy Spirit which was signified by a pigeon descending and landing on him to confirm what had been told by God to John the Baptist his cousin. Then was heard a voice out of heaven which said; THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED and immediately he was driven into the Judean wilderness to fast and pray to his father in heaven for the next forty nights and forty days before he was to be tested by the Devil to see if he was the real son of God. During test 2-3, the Devil found out that he was both Lord and God, and he was in need of some food and the angels came and fed him and then he heard the sad news that his cousin John was cast into prison. Now return to the Ferry house and we will follow the life of Jesus Christ, who was a Pharisee who lived at the Ferry house where all of this took place some seven weeks before.

John 1:29 and the next day came Jesus walking up to John the baptist and we hear John say these words behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world, it was what was reported by the Jews who wrote the book of John about the crazy rabbi who lived at the Ferry house at the Jordan River.

Remember; the real son of God was still in the wilderness fasting and praying to his father in heaven while all of this was beginning to unfold in the life of Jesus Christ. The second day Jesus Christ saw two of the disciples of John following him and he said to them; What do you seek? Where do you live? So Jesus said to them "follow me" and they went to the place where he lived and returned in only a few hours and they reported back we have found the Messiah.

The third day, he changed the water into wine and next he went north to the city of Capernaum with his mother and brothers and he returned to Jerusalem and there he made a whip and beat those doing business in the temple, and he healed no one there.

Part II

In chapter three of the Jew's report Jesus Christ sets for his evil and wicked manifesto to one lone Pharisee who was a ruler of the Jews and he says that you must be born again and that he has the power to make sons of God of all who will believe that he is the son of God whom some have said that he is. He has been called a rabbi by many to show he was a Pharisee. Now John 3:24 and John the cousin of the real son of God whom he had seen and heard was not yet cast into prison. Now go to John 4:9 Jesus Christ is now identified as a jew by the woman at the well of Jacob. He would after this never be called a rabbi again after she defrocked him and removed all of his religious trappings of a Pharisee, he was just a gentile Jew who was hated and rejected by God as he had heard at the Ferry house when John the Baptist spoke to those of Adam saying; Oh the children of the Serpent; the sons of the devil they were and he knew who he was. Jesus Christ is now insane with what he is saying and one of them was that he was a Cana-bal or a priest of Baal. he would say eat my flesh and drink my blood and become as I now am, these words came from the temple to Baal down the street from the temple. He was a priest of Baal which is what the words Canna-bal means. Now for the day in the temple where he talked to the Jews in the temple and when he became disgusted he said to those Jews like himself. You are of your father the Devil and he was an Adam killer from the beginning. Now the whole world knew what he heard down at the river at the Ferry house where he saw the real son of God and heard the voice of God out of heaven say those famous word.

Jesus Christ is now fully insane as he prepares to go to the cross and die for the sins of the world just as his father the Devil had told him in the beginning. It is now the day of Preparation, John 18 and he is taken captive by the Jews and his last show of power was to knock all of his captors on their butts before they took him. The next day he was hauled before the Governor Pilate and when Pilate began to talk with him, he began to babble about having a kingdom of his own, and with those words he revealed he was not the Christ or the Jews messiah (Isaiah 53:7), so he carried his own cross to the place where he was to die for the sins of the world according to the plan given to him by his father the Devil. He was nailed to the cross at about noon and he died and went to hell at three in the afternoon as the son of the devil in all of his unrighteousness and his body was prepared according to the custom of the Jews and he was laid in a new tomb at sundown as the Passover began.

Part III

Now back to the day in which Jesus Christ was hauled before Pilate; his disciples would not enter in for fear of being profaned, so they would be able to eat the Passover dinner that evening at sundown. It is now sun down and across town in the upper room the real son of God was just entering in to eat the Passover with his learners with those of Adam. They ate the dinner, sang a song and went out into the night and went up to the Olive press and there Jesus, the Judean prayed to his father in heaven three times then he was taken captive by the Jews and the next morning at sunrise he was standing before the same Pilate as Jesus Christ had stood before just 24 hours before. When Pilate began to question him he said not one word to reveal he was the redeemer of Israel mentioned in Isaiah 53. so he was found guilty and ordered to die and Simon of Cyrene carried the cross of the Royal one from heaven to the place where he was to die. He came to redeem his wife he had divorced years before and he loved his wife enough that he was willing to die and annul the first marriage vows that he could be remarried to his now divorced wife. And while he would be gone, he would become the price demanded by the one who now possessed the wife and her children. So he was nailed to the cross at 9am at sunrise and many things would take place during the next six hours, the sky would become black for three hours and now it is three in the afternoon and suddenly Jesus the Judean calls out to his father in heaven quoting Psalms 2 and suddenly there was a great earthquake and the rocks begin to break and the righteous living were made to stand up and when they had gathered they went into the city of Jerusalem and where the veil in the temple was torn from the top to the body.

His body was taken from the cross and wrap in one single linen cloth before he was laid in a new tomb of his great uncle Joseph of Arimathea.

JESUS CHRIST HAS NOW BEEN IN THE GRAVE FOR 24 HOURS and he has only two days to go before he was to raise himself up again as that is at least what he said in the Jew's report.

Now the count down begins for Jesus the Judean, it was to be three nights and three days before his father was to raise him up again and make him to stand up among the dead ones. So at the end of the weekly sabbath at sundown, suddenly there was the second earthquake of the week of Unleavened bread and angel descended and rolled the stone away and sat on it and when the women appear he said to the woman he is not here he is risen as he said he would be. Now go tell is brothers that he goes to the place where he anointed them in Galilee and as they were going Jesus met the woman and they worshipped him and held him by the feet. and he said go to my brothers that I go before them to Galilee.

Part IV

And now we go back 24 hours before all of this took place at the place where Jesus the Judean was buried, Jesus Christ was to have risen on Friday night at sundown but not one person went to the place where he was buried in two pieces of linen cloth. He was a NO SHOW and now we have to return to the place where Jesus was buried and now it is 12 hours later at sunrise on the first day of the week and it is time for the worship of Istar the queen of heaven on sun-day and out of the darkness would step a second gentile Jew who said that he was Jesus Christ but know one recognized him especially Mary Magdalene who had been at the resurrection of the real son of God only 12 hours before now she was talking to this stranger a Jesus Christ and she did not recognize him or his voice until he said who he was. This second Jesus Christ will do a lot of things but by sundown on the fifth day he too would reveal that he was an evil and wicked Jew who was of his father the Devil when he attempted to deceive all who read the account, he walked through the door and he said to the Jews who were assembled there to receive the Holy Spirit and he blew on them; this account is false for no Jew can receive the Holy Spirit as it was reserved for only those of Adam of the whole house of Israel Joel chapter 2 and the deceiver was Jesus Christ the second but the first Jesus Christ was still in the grave and in hell where he will stay forever.

But do not fear a third Jew will come along and raise Jesus Christ from the dead and will tell all kinds of lies about him along with starting the church of those who are hated and rejected by God and all will go to hell when they die as they each seek to find a way to avoid the wrath of God that was assigned to them before the worlds were formed and now they all go to hell as they worship a dead Jesus Christ, a jew who is now in hell. God has hated and rejected them since the worlds were formed.

Now if you think this is wrong read the whole book over again and see that God chose out those of Adam and he rejected all those of the seed of the Satan are sent to hell from the beginning.

Those of Adam are born from the womb as the sons of God; see Matthew 5 and there are no others accepted as no plan is provided to convert the son of the Devil. Just a note the word seed comes from the word sperm so the children of the serpent are those from the sperm of the devil.

The Jews are many times said to be the seed of the Devil or of the sperm of the Devil?

Do you believe anything that comes out of the mouth of a modern Middle-Easterner? Why on Earth would you believe anything supposedly said by illiterate Middle-Easterners from 2000 years ago? How silly. Craig is a lying phony.

im Jesus reborn your flees maggots slugs i wrote small books because you people are fools worship God stockers

This type of rhetoric is always found in the mouths of worldly educated idiots. Who are you guys trying to convince and convert…yourselves or those that are lost. John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all TAUGHT of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and HATH LEARNED of the Father, cometh unto me. This is a disgrace to any Christian who listens to this garbage. You guys don't have the sense God gave a peanut. If you want to learn about Jesus…here's a crazy idea…READ YOUR BIBLE!!!! These guys will lead you to slaughter. When it comes to God and the bible…religion, theology, doctrine, vain philosophies of men have no place in the church or your home. That's all man made wisdom, and it will send you to HELL!

HI
Shroud of Turin research has arrived at the inevitable conclusion after multidisciplinary tests of solid scientific method, that the image on the Shroud is not produced by artifice, but is a radiation burn on linen cloth of a crucified man from the 1st C in Jerusalem, admissible in any court of law. This evidence has been with us since His resurrection down to this day! Shalom to us in Christ Yeshua. He is Risen!

I've often puzzled over Joseph of Arimathea. There is one other ancient account that sounds like the gospel story. Josephus once saw 3 men he knew crucified and went in tears to Titus asking they be taken down. His request was granted but 2 later died and only 1 survived. Josephus was originally known as Joseph bar Matthias

First they need that a God even exist. Then prove that Jesus was a real person and not written in to history like Santa Claus.

That's funny as I am a scholar and know most in this field. You shouldn't lie. Most will tell you it is all a myth.

Jesus did nothing glory to God everything was done by God Jesus thought that there was more to life then dying on the cross. All that was done in the life of Jesus Christ was done by God that's why it's glory to God

His body rotted, just like everyone else's body .jesus was a sinner. If he had no sin he could not have been killed.

Theres is another witness
And that's the shroud of turin
Explain that
If anyone has not seen it please please do

The 5th evidence came from Jesus himself when he said he would rise from the dead on the third day. Personally, the miracles alone are enough for me to believe he was God in the flesh. Can you imagine at the time, the awe, questions and joy those miracles created, and still don't understand. I asked the Lord to save me many years ago.

No fact here super click bait Bible was stories and myth fror much earlier stories and Jesus wasn't actually a person period there are dozens of people before him that died same day betrayal crucified then risen born a virgin an so on FACTS even just on common (uncommon basically) no history of youth or after he risen and his story happen hundreds years later to covert those stories to fit there dogma agenda power fear to keep docile and blindly follow

Very cringy if someone had enough knowledge of ALL religious history not just there programed dogmas you would see the bigger pattern
Be blessed to ALL religious and spiritual teachings of oneness

Muslims common question why he didnt save himself from crucifixion or execution?
Because if he didn't die on cross the he would have never rose or Resurrection
He cam to die for us as human

Bam…..contradicts himself immediately. Jesus supposedly was in a tomb, not buried. Man, I'll bet his body stunk so bad. A dead body after even one day is not a pretty sight. My dog died while I was at work. He was as stiff as a board when I found him.
There is no coming back from that. The resurrection story is impossible The story of Jesus as told in the bible is not true. Even if there was a guy named Jesus( not his REAL name) he was an ordinary man who delusionally thought he was special.
The distant past of the entire universe is and may always be uncertain. The universe or in other words, space, always existed and as far as we can tell, limitless. Space, take away all of the matter, on it's own is the perfect definition of "nothing". Nothing always exists.
Matter, on the other hand, is something. So it does follow, how did something come from nothing? The proper explanation is not miracle. Mystery is proper. A mystery has an explanation but it isn't known. Just like a magician doing an amazing trick.
Where the matter came from May always be a mystery. You might as well throw out all of genesis because "God did it" does not explain anything. I don't exactly believe the science claims either until I learn more, in detail, about what they claim. Science however, has way more detailed data though.

without jesus was born in this world ,no religion cannot born in this world , whether you can believe it or not, this is the true fact.please research other religions and that's books

There are no historical facts it's just made up stories people with child minds can only believe without any proof! Words are not proof facts are and there are none at all for anything in the bible!

Why they didn't preserved the orignal shape of the tomb if they believed it so monumental and important?
Who declared clinically that Jesus was really 100% dead? Even now days many persons who are considered dead got resuscitated. Now we don't call them resurrected.
The respectful burial of a condemned crucified person is not historical possibility.
The where Jesus was crucified should be as holy as the placed he was buried. Still no crucifixion site such is described. Many such sites claimed but without certainly.

Mohammed the prophet of Islam is still in the grave yard. Mohammed has deceived billions of people into the hell by his pagan cult….I will in Lord Yeshua Hamasiach till my last pace on earth. Haleluya praise the Lord

Jesus, or the someone purported to be Jesus, had a very good propaganda machine Much like modern day apologists. Nobody knows if Jesus rose from the tomb. There is some dispute, a lot of dispute about Joseph of Aramathea's exact relationship to "Jesus". More important where are the historical records of the dead, 500 of them, rising from the grave. Surely this was newsworthy. It's all so much bollocks.

Jesus Christ of the bible is described as the color of Jasper , color of bronze burned in a furnace , burnished brass eyes of fire hair white like wool , Who is this pasty dead white dude who resembles a woman with a beard . In the book of Isaiah 53 54 describes he had no Beauty if he would have desired A calmly look. He hid in Egypt not Rome in Rome itself egypt means black . FACT look up

now that what the catholic priest been doin forever has been brought to the light,i ask is that christ like?? not 1 not 2 but the majority if not all

Jesus forgive those that dont believe , my life it's so beautiful because you are in my life and I will always be with you ,

It's wonderful to hear about God and jesus I long and yearn to hear these things god bless all who contribute to this show

Some one said he did and wrote a book about it, that's not proof. A body was buried, then disappeared, some people claimed to have seen the ghost, that's it.

Jesus said “he that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” Do you believe Jesus? Mark 16:16. Then Peter preached “ Repent and be baptized for the remission of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holly Spirit.”

I think the most obvious piece of evidence is also the simplest… the fact that his followers were martyred, when they could've easily rejected Jesus, they believed and knew because they saw Jesus rise from the dead.

Joseph of where?…a place that doesn't exist?…and Jesus of a place,that wasn't a place, until the second century AD?

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