3 Ways Science Supports the Miracle of the Resurrection
by Leah Baugh
In the ancient world, eyewitness testimony and miracles were considered strong evidence to believe the truthfulness of something. When Moses asked Pharaoh to free the Israelites, he performed various signs to prove the power of God (Exod. 7:8–12). Likewise, the apostles argued that their faith was true because God raised Jesus from the dead (1 Cor. 15:14–19). Today, however, people tend not to believe in miracles. They are considered superstitious and impossible, given the supposed greater knowledge of the world we now have through science.
In recent years, however, many Christians have been applying the very methods scientists have used to discredit the resurrection to prove the resurrection was a real event. This study is called ramified natural theology. Like natural science, natural theology seeks to examine Christian claims specifically through rational, objective procedure.
This rational procedure tests the claims based on their presuppositions, evidence, and logic. The common presupposition most people (Christian and non-Christian alike) hold is that the physical world exists and can be understood. With this presupposition agreed upon, scientists can look at the public evidence and standard reasoning for the resurrection of Jesus and see if it holds water.
1. Jesus’ Death
Jesus was scourged, which means he was flogged with spiked whips. These would have left serious gashes on his back and legs (Mark 15:15). The crown of thorns jammed into Christ’s head would have inflicted serious physical damage and blood loss before he was even nailed to the cross (Matt. 27:29). When he was nailed, the further physical effects of hanging on a cross would have caused Jesus to die of exhaustion and suffocation. Moreover, John’s eyewitness testimony to blood and water flowing out of Jesus’ side when pierced seems to be the evidence he presents to his readers that he saw with his own eyes…
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