Lots of people saw the risen Christ – the 12 apostles, then 500 believers at one time.
If 500 people at once saw the Loch Ness monster or Big Foot – or even an alien spacecraft – I daresay we would have NO problem believing that they really saw something: they weren’t dreaming or creating mass fiction.
I love the argument that says both the leading Jews and the Romans had a lot of reason to silence the “rumors” of Christ’s resurrection. But it never happened. They weren’t able to stop the good news from getting out.
After all: five hundred people saw the risen Christ. Probably more believers saw Jesus from in smaller groups and as individuals. How do you stop that kind of miraculous news from spreading? How do you prove 500 people wrong.
But surely, Scripture is fiction.
Wouldn’t the Romans and Jews have good reason and plenty of evidence to refute such an audacious claim – especially once it was committed to parchment – a claim that affected their power, one that would have been easy to silence? Couldn’t all that power have delivered a counterclaim, in writing, too?
No. They couldn’t stop the rumors. Because they weren’t rumors.
Jesus really did rise from the dead and at least 512 people saw Him.
It really amazes me that today that people can label as fiction that which is historical truth.
Just goes to show that what Paul said at the beginning of Corinthians is true:
God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1: 21b-24
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2: 13
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