How Women Give the Gospels Believability
By Krislyn A. Placide
Everybody knows that when you’re trying to build credibility, you have to cite trusted sources; not Wikipedia, because anyone can edit the information; not a political blog, because they’re known for spreading fake news.
As Christians, we submit to the textual authority of the Bible, believing the death and resurrection of Jesus, God the Son, as our salvation and the propitiation for our sins. We trust that all scripture is God-breathed, as it says in 2 Timothy 3:16. However, when we share our faith with our non-believing loved ones, they may question whether Jesus, whom they may see as an ordinary historical figure or even a man-made legend, really rose from the dead.
Though Jesus didn’t leave behind archaeological evidence of his existence, there is historical evidence outside of the Bible that shows that he did indeed live. But did he really rise from the dead? On the third day after his crucifixion, scripture says that women went to the tomb to with spices to anoint Jesus’ body, and they were the ones who told the disciples, and the world, that his body wasn’t there.
Within the context of that ancient culture, the women who testified to Jesus’ resurrection wouldn’t have been considered trustworthy witnesses. Jewish law prohibited women from testifying in court…