If the resurrection is a fable, then I’m dumping my Bible right now

Posted: March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Grave clothes in TombImagine you just picked up the JERUSALEM POST and your eyes land on the largest, boldest, front-page headline you’ve ever seen:

Body, identified as Jesus of Nazareth, Discovered in Abandoned Tomb!

Archaeologists and forensic experts are quoted as saying that there is no shadow of a doubt that the remains are Jesus.The evidence includes holes in both hands, his feet and a deep gash in his side.

And now imagine for a moment that every expert in the world agrees that this is infallible proof that Jesus’ resurrection never occurred. What would happen to your faith in Jesus as the Savior and Son of God?

My faith would vanish with the wind.

Really? Well, I’m in good company. Sha’ul the rabbi (Paul the apostle) declared in 1 Corinthians 15:17, “…if the Messiah has not been raised …faith is futile.” 

Clearly, the resurrection is a make or break deal. I could give you several reasons why our entire faith is on the rocks without the resurrection. But I’ll just give you one.

If the Messiah didn’t rise from the dead, then we have to doubt the rest of what the Bible teaches too.

Knock down the resurrection domino and every other biblical doctrine falls with it.

In 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, Paul writes: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures….” 

The Scriptures Paul refers to are the Old Testament. The New Testament wasn’t completed or compiled as yet. You may ask: “does the Old Testament even teach that the Messiah will rise from the dead? The prophet Isaiah says that the Messiah “was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death…” Then in verse 11 he claims: “After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life….” (Isaiah 53:9, 10)

The apostle Peter believed the Old Testament predicted the resurrection. In his sermon on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost, Peter quoted Psalm 16:10 to confirm the veracity of the Messiah’s resurrection:  “[Y]ou will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”  

If the Bible was wrong about such a fundamental doctrine, then we may as well reclassify the entire Old Testament scriptures as ‘myths and fables.’

It’s not just the Old Testament that cannot be trusted If the resurrection is just a fable. The same goes for the New Testament. In 1 Corinthians 15:14, 15 Paul says: “And if Christ has not been raised…we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead….” 

Paul wrote more of the New Testament than anyone else. And he says that if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then he is a liar. He actually uses the royal “we,” But Paul may actually be including his fellow apostles who claimed to be eye witnesses of the risen Messiah as well.

So, were the first apostles and writers of the New Testament false witnesses?

I could offer many arguments for the reliability of their testimony. But I will only refer you to one. I think it’s pretty convincing, and kind of funny.This what Chuck Colson wrote:

I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true.

Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years?

Absolutely impossible.

I’m not going to dump my Bible just yet. 🙂

Are you wondering if the resurrection of Jesus is a fable? There are great articles everywhere online. If you are open-minded and you will do your research you’ll be amazed at the evidence for the resurrection of the Messiah. Have a look at the video below and let me know what you think! 

For those who cannot see the video, here is a written version of the lecture that NT Wright gave.

Comments
  1. […] If the resurrection is a fable, then I’m dumping my Bible right now (waynehilsden.com) […]

  2. Nice, thank you. Nowadays, we still have martyrs. The only explanation is supernatural. God is indeed God and forever He is. We are so blessed to know Him and no wordly newspaper headline will take our faith away from us. God bless.

  3. […] If the resurrection is a fable, then I’m dumping my Bible right now (waynehilsden.com) […]

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