This is the seventh in a series of posts dealing with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In their desire to cast doubt on eyewitness testimony to the resurrection of Jesus, one of the things that anti-theists run up against are details in the account that simply wouldn’t be there if the accounts were invented, made-up, or flat out lies.
Another mistake that critics make is missing the forest for the trees. As an example, let me refer to all the different theories regarding the assassination of J.F.K. He was shot from this direction. He was shot from that direction. He was shot from both directions. The gunman acted alone. There were two gunmen. There were three gunman. There was a conspiracy. It was the Mob. It was the government. All of these thoughts may be interesting to some but they're missing the most important point. What is important and incontrovertible is the fact that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated.
Critics of Jesus resurrection point to: There was one angel. There were two or more angels. There was one woman at the tomb. There were several women at the tomb. They ran and told the disciples immediately. They remained quiet for awhile. All of these thoughts may be interesting to some but they bypass the most important point.
What is important and incontrovertible is the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was hung on a cross. He died. He was buried. And on the third day He rose from the dead. His tomb was empty and over the next month this same Jesus was seen alive. He ate with, and taught many hundreds of people. The fact of this event caused the beginning of the Christian Church. The reality of the Church today is just one of many proofs that Jesus rose from the dead then.
Sceptics would have you believe that the Gospel accounts were written by New York Times best selling authors or a potential Nobel Laureate in literature who wrote a fiction so refined and so diabolical that billions of people have been duped.
Reality is, the writers were not refined or gifted authors. They would have never thought of some of the things that I’m describing in this series of posts if they hadn’t taken place.