Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.

Following the first Easter Sunday, it didn’t take long for people to come up with fictitious claims to debunk the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They knew that if they could cast doubt on the resurrection, Christianity would crumble. In fact, Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Here are a few theories that critics of the resurrection sought to advance:

Jesus’s body was stolen. This was the first theory proposed. But if Jesus’s body had really been stolen, don’t you think the thieves would have produced the body once the disciples claimed “He has risen”? They would have called the disciples’ bluff. Guaranteed. And if the disciples stole the body—the story the Jewish leaders came up with (Matthew 28:11-15)—do you think they would have died martyrs’ deaths for a hoax? Of course not. As it’s been said before, “Many will die for what they think to be true, but no one will die for what they know to be false.”

The people were hallucinating. Scoffers said that the witnesses who claimed to have seen Jesus after His death must have been hallucinating. However, Jesus appeared to a number of people on several different occasions following His resurrection, and on one occasion, He appeared to more than five hundred people at once (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Now in my pre-Jesus party days, I understood hallucination, and I can tell you that five hundred people don’t hallucinate like that. They saw something. They saw Him. Alive.

Jesus passed out. This is known as the “swoon theory.” Popularized in the eighteenth century, it suggests that Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross but merely passed out. Then once inside the tomb, He regained consciousness and rolled the stone away Himself. But ponder this. Jesus had been so severely scourged that He had to have the help of Simon of Cyrene to carry His cross (see Luke 23:26). His head had multiple puncture wounds from the crown of thorns, His wrists and ankles had been nailed to the cross, and He had been stabbed in the side. After He was taken down from the cross, His body was wrapped in seventy-five pounds of linen. Do you think Jesus could have regained consciousness, unwrapped Himself, and moved a two-ton stone out of the way?

The fact is… Jesus is alive. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe the facts than create fiction. So go ahead; stick your head in the tomb. You see, it’s empty and the living Jesus is ready to change your life. Today.

Thought to Ponder
The tomb became empty so our lives could become full.

Memory Verse
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay (Matthew 28:6).

One-Minute Apologist Video: Gary Habermas, “The Resurrection,”

29 thoughts on “Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?

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  1. Very well stated. The scoffers try all these arguments–some even try to claim that Jesus of Nazareth never even existed–but the historical evidence is plain. Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed!) J.

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      1. With respect, I’m not sure either way will work for you. As is stated above, if Jesus literally rose from the dead, then you owe him your life. If it was just a metaphor, you are free to create your own value system and attain happiness on your own terms.

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  2. He is not here, he is risen … it gave me the shivers to see these words inside the garden tomb in Jerusalem. He IS risen. How do I know? Because He lives in my heart! Excellent post, Hurrah, hallelujah, amen!! Nice to meet you. Smiles xx

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  3. What a great reminder towards such an important message. It really is easier having Faith then creating fiction with fear. Check out my message from the third week of lent on my blog.

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  4. People that bother me the most are Atheist. They don’t argue that their god is the right god, they just believe you are born, you live, and you die. They believe in evolution, the big bang, and everything else. I have had people ask me, “How can you believe that God has always existed?”. Well it is a little more reassuring to believe in an omnipotent God, than believe in no God. Also even an Atheist has to believe “something” was there at the beginning to create the big bang. How can an Atheist or any other religion believe in the gases, particles, and atoms before the universe was created; but not believe in an omnipotent being, God the Almighty? This is what confuses and bothers me the most. It is logical to believe in the omnipotent being, God, that has control, rather than believe in everything happens by chance and magic. The latter is very illogical.

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    1. I think Atheist have a loose nut in their brains. If there is no rhyme or reason for the universe to exist… that is fine. we all die right!!! But if there was a reason for it… then I am definitely going from everlasting to everlasting!!!

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      1. Yeah I agree. There has to be a supernatural being that created everything. It’s not like dinner pops out of thin air. LOL.

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