Consider the Evidence
by Shelby Cade
It seems that every Easter an attack is made on the resurrection story. A few years back the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown caused a stir. After the DaVinci Code, the gospel of Judas was pushed to show the Jesus of history to be false. Most recently, James Cameron, of Avatar fame, produced, The Jesus Family Tomb (2007), which called into question the empty tomb. Each attempt to disprove the Jesus of the New Testament has fallen flat. In fact, there is no credible evidence out there to disprove the resurrection of Jesus.
The New Testament is written in such a way to invite questions. The apostle Paul even challenged people of his day to examine the evidence (1 Cor. 15:6). Christianity does not shy from testing, but in fact, encourages it (1 Thes. 5:21). Concerning the resurrection, Paul states, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith (1 Cor. 15:14). Paul understood, that a blind faith in Jesus simply would not suffice the attacks on the resurrection.
For 2000 years, various attacks on the resurrection have taken place. Most of the attacks have occurred within the last few hundred years of Christianity. No attack has disproved the resurrection story, because the attacks have never answered all the cumulative evidence for the resurrection. What evidence for the resurrection exists?
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