How Certain Can We Be That Jesus Actually Died and Rose Again From the Dead?
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I was in my twenties when it dawned on me that Easter, not Christmas, is the most important Christian celebration of the year. Christ’s death and resurrection are the cornerstones of Christianity. In fact, Christianity stands or falls by the truth of the resurrection.
What do we really know about the alleged death and resurrection of Jesus? How sound is the evidence? What do non-believers and skeptics who study this kind of material think happened?
This is an important topic for your kids to understand. Today I’m sharing an interactive way to explore these questions as a family this Easter.
Gary Habermas developed a ‘Minimal Facts’ approach to the evidence around Jesus’ resurrection.
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The ‘Minimal Facts’ approach “considers only those data that are so strongly attested historically that they are granted by nearly every scholar who studies the subject, even the rather skeptical ones. [… They are] the lowest common denominator of agreed-upon facts.” (see Note 1)
These are the most reliable facts from which to build our case for or against the resurrection. My husband and I created a Bible Study to help you to discover and discuss these Minimal Facts. Why not grab a Bible and try it out over Lent? The questions are at the beginning, and an answer key is at the end of this post.
Minimal Facts Bible Study Part 1
1) What is the language that Paul uses in 1 Corinthians 15: 12-19 to describe the importance of the resurrection to our Christian faith?
2) In the chart below are the main facts of the historical account of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Check off which of these facts are documented in each Biblical account…