Did Jesus resurrect? Or is it a conspiracy?

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Holidays, Me and God, Me and people, The Bible

I don’t know if my brain is unusually dysfunctional but, from time to time, in the middle of the day, my mind starts wondering into far, senseless and weird places. Some of those places and thoughts are completely harmless and insignificant. Some others are a bit more consequential and almost conspiracy theories.

Do you ever find yourself doubting and wondering whether some things are ‘real’? Do my friends really like me? Is that guy really who says he is? Did they really make this sandwich with chicken? Am I and my life real or am I in an experiments like Jim Carrey’s “The Luis show”?.

And to be honest,  I have to confess that from time to time I wonder: is this whole Christianity thing true? What is the whole Bible and Jesus and God thing are just an illusion, an elaborate story that someone came up with that managed to convinced millions and millions into accepting? Is there any hard evidence to support the existence of God and the authenticity of The Bible? Did Jesus really resurrect or is it just a conspiracy?

My questions
And without variation, I always come back to the same point.
– How is it possible that twelve uneducated fishermen from the first century would come up with such complex and elaborate story that they managed to convince so many people of their time and towns –even through history till today?
– How is it possible that they would attain to expand throughout Asia and the world this new story about their leader being ‘resurrected’ when –if it hadn’t happened, everyone in their geographical area and time in history could have so easily discredited it?
– How could they have successfully claimed to be ‘eyewitnesses’ to this miraculous event if, should it have been a lie, other opposing eyewitnesses could have contradicted them?
– How could these followers of Jesus have been beaten, tortured and cruelly massacred, as historical records support, if they had known it was a lie? What did they get in exchange? Power? No, they were socially displaced; Influence? No, they died; money? No, they lost it all.

– How could so many facts of history be in favor of the conclusion that Jesus did exist,  that Jesus did die in a Roman Cross and did rose from the death unless, it really happened?

The logic
Is there any hard conclusive and historical/scientific evidence that Jesus existed? I would say yes. 

Is there any hard conclusive evidence to proof Jesus rose from the death? The answer, honestly is no. There isn’t. However, what we have is the amazing overwhelming sum of historical facts, testimonies, archeological items and historical documents that leads us to conclude that the logical chances of it being true are very high. Far too many ‘coincidences’ for it not to be true.

The faith issue
Jesus said in John 17:7 that we needed to follow His words so that we would know by experience He was God. I believe that though there are enough evidences to assume Christ resurrection as a historical fact , God may have intentionally left a ‘blank’ so that we would take a step of faith; “without faith is impossible to pleased God’. I took that step, I decided to believe in the idea that He did defeated death and therefore validated everything He claimed about him being God, about the veracity of the Scriptures as the inspired instructions of God, the reality of an eternal destiny according to whether we follow Him or not and the spiritual transformation we can experience  if we are made His adoptive children.

My conclusion
The result, I am experiencing God every day, I have seen and experienced Him in my life leading me, giving me peace beyond understanding, giving me the ability to love unconditionally, providing for all of my needs and more important, enabling me to have a relationship with God by forgiving all of my sins. That personal experience is, for me, the most conclusive evidence that He is real, He is alive and He wants to be real -to give life, to resurrect everyone else.

Conspiracy is by definition a ‘theory that is unlikely and cannot be proven’. By personal experience I would say that the real conspiracy is to say Jesus did not rise from the death. It takes more faith to believe God doesn’t exist, that Jesus wasn’t real and that He didn’t rise from the death, than to believe He does.

Believe in His resurrection; experience God today

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Comments
  1. […] Did Jesus resurrect? Or is it a conspiracy? […]

  2. arthur says:

    Just to help you refine your arguments

    “How is it possible that twelve uneducated fishermen from the first century would come up with such complex and elaborate story that they managed to convince so many people of their time and towns –even through history till today?”

    Didn’t Jesus preach to thousands while he was alive?

    “How could these followers of Jesus have been beaten, tortured and cruelly massacred, as historical records support, if they had known it was a lie? What did they get in exchange? Power? No, they were socially displaced; Influence? No, they died; money? No, they lost it all.”

    What if they were honestly mistaken?

    • Darth, those are great statements. On the first one, I totally agree with you in that Jesus did speak to thousands of people. Although at the time of crucifixion there were only a handful of them with Him, many had heard Him and this was in part, the foundation that the apostles built upon. The argument of the disciples being mere fishermen and sill got to pumped this movement goes more to address those who clam that Jesus didn’t even exist.

      As for the question of whether or not the apostles died honestly mistaken, it is perfectly possible as a single argument. In fact, I would be brutally honest to say that almost every single argument for the existence of God, of Jesus or the resurrection is, in some degree, deniable. However, personally, I think the beauty and appealing of Christianity is , at least in part, the amazing sum of ‘coincidences’. The fact that they could have been honestly mistaken (let’s say that Jesus didn’t resurrect) and still convince people from that very town and having eyewitnesses, that it indeed happened.

      Thank you for your comments.

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