Skip to comments.A Debate for the Millennia: Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?[Washington Post article]
Posted on 04/09/2007 4:01:07 PM PDT by freedomdefender
Where you stand on the Resurrection tends to mirror how you interpret the Bible, said Stephen T. Davis, a professor of philosophy at California's Claremont McKenna College. Davis believes in the bodily resurrection, though he acknowledges some seemingly contradictory New Testament accounts.
"Some are easy and some I don't know how to reconcile," said Davis, a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). "They were different stories that got talked about and talked about, so its not surprising there would have been some discrepancies. But there's tremendous agreement on the basic facts."
Any discrepancies can be "eliminated by a straight-up reading of the text," said James Emery White, president of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a evangelical school in South Hamilton, Mass. "There's no sense that any of the earliest followers had the remotest sense that this was metaphorical."
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Truth is not determined by a majority vote. — Pope Benedict XVI.
It’s either true or it’s not. If it is true, which I personally have no doubts about, it is glorious. If it isn’t true, shame on us.
But debate, one way or another won’t change reality. Scholars pouring over texts with preconceived notions won’t change reality. Desire won’t change reality.
Reality is: a tomb was empty where no one expected it to be (and no ancient source records dispute on this fact.)
Reality is: a group of disheartened, frightened men went from cowering in a room in Jerusalem to stalwart proclaimers of a faith that lit a fire that went around the world. Moreover, they were willing and did give their lives for this.
Reality is: Something happened.
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 2 Peter 1:15-18
or a lot of self delusion.
You have to decide, but debate won’t change the reality.
Did Jesus rise from the dead?
Is he coming back?
Yes, and this time to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
That is a fact, take it from an ex-pastor. The Church is full of roaches masquerading as Christians. Remember, Rome fell from within...
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
You see, our job is to change their minds. :p
3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8And last of all he was seen of me(Paul) also, as of one born out of due time.
Naw...It’s a big neo-con / Karl Rove scam to trick the Godbags into supporting Bushitler Rethuglican policies.
Hey...I’m starting to get the hang of these reflexive hare-brained lefty talking points.
One word: FAITH
In 33 AD, the last thing the Romans as well as the Sanhedrin wanted was for Jesus’ body to disappear, because they knew it would rock their world if it did by further empowering the Christians. That’s why the Romans placed guards at Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb, who had asked for and received permission for Jesus to be entombed there.
So it’s a given that when His body turned up missing, there would’ve been an all-out search for it, leaving no stone unturned until it was found, but of course it never was.
Another question has to do with the stone that closed the tomb: There were Roman guards there all night, and any human trying to open the tomb would’ve made enough noise to alert them, so how was that thing moved?
Can rags like The Washington Post rise from the dead?
My father would reply: “Does a bear sh** in the woods?”
Wouldn’t some just love to be able to say no. The world hates Him.
Jesus had brothers
Mary Magdalene was Jesus wife
Jesus did not rise on the third day or at all
The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia somewhere
And on and on, just in time for Easter
Seems a conspiracy to challenge everything I believe.
Hasn't worked yet. Not likely to...
John Dominic Crossan, a Roman Catholic and a former professor at DePaul University, said the Resurrection is best understood as a metaphor, a belief that puts him at odds with his own church.
Saying the Resurrection "is a metaphor doesn't dismiss it," Crossan said. "I get the message, I get the challenge from the metaphor."
I must disagree with the good professor here. Saying the Resurrection is a metaphor does dismiss it. For if it is just a metaphorif Jesus never arose from the deadthen He is dead and we are all as good as dead ourselves. Hence, Crossan's "message" is that the Gospels lie and that nothing is real but the reality of the grave.
Fortunately for all of us, the Resurrection is not merely a metaphor, but an event that truly happened.
A quote worthy of publicizing.
Very funny. Thanks
If there was a book about “global warming” from 0ne AD.....they would believe it.....but, they won’t believe The Bible......hhmmmmmm