. . . it's as predictable as the swallows coming back to Capistrano, or the rednecks to Panama City . . .
( . . . keep yore cat-hats on, boys, I am a proud descendant of Alabama rednecks myself . . . )
“Did Jesus rise from the dead?”
Why would anyone at all go to the Washington Post to learn anything about Jesus??????
“To say Jesus’s bodily resurrection is a metaphor “is to lose the reality of God in the world,” Molnar said.”
And THAT is their obvious intent.
"Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works-a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was (the) Christ; (64) and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day."
And the Washington Post is a venue in which one would trust either the motives behind the report or the content of a report on the subject of the resurrection????? I don’t think so.
Let them think anything they want. In the end, “every knee will bow.”
The debate for this millenia is over global warming and (A) whether Man is the CAUSE of global warming and (B) whether Man can do anything to alter future climate.
It may be made irrelevant by the OTHER debate for this millenia and that is whether muslims will see the error of their ways and cease centuries of global conquest in the name of Islam. Why not prove that Mohammed was not risen into the Heavens on a horse? Kill. that sacred cow.
Surprisingly fair article, given the source and the topic.
The fact that we are discussing it right now proves that he is alive.
Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Mt 24:35
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.
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
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.
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?