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Featured Resurrection of Christ - What's the evidence for and against a literal resurrection

Discussion in 'Scriptural Debates' started by adrian009, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. KenS

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    The witnesses weren't dead. Paul is just reporting and he talked to those who knew, Peter, John, James etc.
     
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    I have once on this site given reason for my belief in the why of it. However, I am not opposed to healings by miracle. I just don't see what Jesus and the apostles did having happened anywhere, amputees, blind, and the like.

    I am not sure if you go strictly by scripture. I do, but in a harmonious way, and also making allowances for my interpretation being wrong here and there. Your faith does not say that it is Christian! Kind of curious about that since your comments show you have faith of some sort.:)
     
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    I do not believe that after death there is life in death, if you understand what I am trying to say. What I wanted to convey was simply that that person's actions and beliefs would not lead to the promise given. There is no suffering when dead, only nothing, the return to not existing.
    I guess, I am the same. I cannot change what I perceive either. Others may believe what they want. It makes no difference to me, except when someone begins to use insulting language. Then, frankly, I don't mind giving a little back myself.
     
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    Of course. But, if I wrote in a book about some terrible actions that were taken by the Japanese, by the US, by the Russians, by the Germans, or by the Turks - and later was killed and this material was discovered, together with that of others who corroborated this, that would still count as evidence depending on the situation.

    After all, archaeologists have in the past many times used the Bible's accounts for finding places and such if memory serves. That is one way of using such evidence. Recently, was it, a pool in Jerusalem that none thought existed which was mentioned in the Gospels was found exactly as described. This kind of evidence also credits that what the writer said was true in other cases.
     
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    The word of those 500 witnesses in a court of that day certainly would not be considered hearsay, but instead valid eyewitness accounts. That is the point. Paul was making an appeal to his audience's knowledge of the fact that Christ had been seen by more than 500 people at one time. He reminded them that those people were still alive and could be questioned themselves. This is what makes the account preserved in the scriptures valid for today.
     
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    You don't seem to understand. The only report of them is Paul's. They very well could have been made up. You have to admit that it is rather surprising that there is no contemporary writings on Jesus that survived.
     
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    What makes you think that? It is more likely that the "witnesses" never existed. I could make a similar claim about 500 people seeing Jim Nabors rise from the dead. Would you believe me?
     
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  8. InChrist

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    Sure, you could make the claim, but if others were to question several or even all of those you say saw Jim Nabors rise and they stated they saw him rise, then it is likely a lot of those people would also begin to believe your claim as true.
     
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    If the Jews didn't reject Jesus, then where are all the Jews singing Jesus praise?

    And if Paul taught a dead gospel, why are there so many Christians two thousand years later?
     
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    It is unlikely Paul would have "made up the 500 witnesses" if he knew those witnesses could easily be questioned and prove him a liar. Besides, there were other accounts of those who saw the resurrected Christ. The disciples...Peter, John, etc. and the WOMEN. It the culture of that day the women were not too esteemed, nor was the testimony of women very respected. It certainly wouldn't be the wisest move to so prominently include the testimony of the women who saw the risen Jesus in the scriptural accounts if they were making a story up. The fact that the gospels state the women were the first witnesses to see the risen Christ gives strong validity to the truthfulness of the account.
     
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    When did He claim He would rise from the dead?

    The only reference I'm aware of is Matthew 12:40 which of course can be interpreted in many ways.
     
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    Do you remember the title of the thread? It is about evidence for Jesus's resurrection. The claim of 500 witnesses is hearsay at best. It is not what would be considered reliable evidence.

    And one more time, we have no clue that those people made that claim. That was the claim of Paul and he heard it from someone else. He was not there, in case you forgot. You can read more about it here:

    500 Eyewitnesses to the Risen Christ? Not Likely.

    This is hearsay for Paul even.
     
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    But they couldn't be. You forgot where Paul was when he made that claim. And he did not have to make it up, since he never spoke to the 500 witnesses himself. Another could easily have made it up for him.

    And no, none of those are accounts. Those are tales in the Gospels that were written 40 to 60 years or more after the event. They were repeated tales of repeated tales.
     
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    I don't have a problem with Paul's words or any of the Bible, but then again I don't feel compelled to believe in a literal resurrection. The problem I see is with the conservative position of insisting that it absolutely had to happen literally and anyone who thinks differently has it wrong. That's why I'm interested in the evidence.

    When did Paul see the resurrected Christ? There's no evidence he did of course. My reading of the NT text is he is more likely to have experienced it, as did the 500 witnesses (whoever they are).

    So in a court of evidence, we have Paul's testimony that doesn't really fit with a literal resurrection. Then we have hearsay evidence as to the mysterious 500 others. Its an open and shut case as you say.
     
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    You are making my argument for me.

    As Jesus spoke in a language that conveyed hidden spiritual truths, so too did His apostles. An encounter with Jesus sounds like something any of us could experience, which is the whole point. Jesus lives within each of us, and from the living word, waters of life giving waters flow.
    John 7:37-39

    Those encounters sound mystical, do they not?

    It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
    I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
    And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
    How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

    2 Corinthians 1-4

    So if we consider more closely the last supper and the symbolism of the bread and wine we may better understand what Paul meant by 'the body of Christ'.

    And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

    Matthew 26:26

    Lets look at other examples of Paul speaking of the body of Christ.

    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
    For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
    For the body is not one member, but many.

    1 Corinthians 12:12-14

    How is the church the Body of Christ?

    So perhaps it was not the physical body of Christ that was resurrected, but the body of His faithful believers.
     
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    Nice image. But is it the image of the risen Christ, or would somebody from another culture interpret it differently? It reminds me of the words of Shakespeare:

    HAMLET
    Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?

    POLONIUS
    By th' mass, and ’tis like a camel indeed.

    HAMLET
    Methinks it is like a weasel.

    POLONIUS
    It is backed like a weasel.

    HAMLET
    Or like a whale.

    POLONIUS
    Very like a whale.

    No Fear Shakespeare: Hamlet: Act 3, Scene 2, Page 17
     
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    ....the return to non-existing......... I see it that way, But......... every single particle and energy that was me will go on for ever, indestructible. What was me will be a part of countless other billions of beings over countless billions of years, long after our Sun and all is gone. There is no end. I wonder how many times these atoms in me were part of other beings?

    Ha ha! Debates can become heated. If others get bad at you it can mean that they're cornered, on back foot, caught out etc.
    I sometimes tell really nasty people that they're lovely and that I enjoy reading their posts just for the laughter it causes me. That works best, sometimes. :p
     
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    My faith is that Oneness is the name of Heaven, and I was sent to help mankind before the Day of the Lord; where people take me being the joke for some strange reason.

    I accept Yeshua; yet i don't accept Christianity which came about after, and was applied to Paul and Simon's Ministry.
    Because the Leaders of our people rejected Yeshua; thousands were following him, before they systematically created false doctrine, and destroyed the evidence...

    Take into account we have no real knowledge of the Essenes or Ebionites, and yet they wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls, and were a huge movement.

    Take into account Jews reject Yeshua because of the false texts they've made up; John makes many Jews say he is a false Messiah, and Paul makes them say he is a false Messianic claimant, as Paul said the Messianic age started then.

    Come on you're smarter than this, if you're a Doctor, this isn't something you can keep acting like it doesn't need dissecting first, to understand it properly.
    Because we're in a place between Heaven and Hell, and thus the plan in prophecy is the Snare is left for a time to catch all the Ravenous beings....

    Many seem to like Paul's Covenant with Death :smilingimp:, and don't have the intelligence to comprehend all the prophecies or contradictions.

    In my opinion. :innocent:
     
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    Yes... since the standards for evidence for an archaeologist or historian is vastly different from the standards for evidence in a court of law, I'm not really sure why you used eye witness testimony in a court of law as some sort of analogy.

    And when it comes to archaeologists and historians, that corroborating evidence is essential. When it comes to Christ's literal Resurrection there is just the bible, a single source, which doesn't give the claim much credence.

    Finally, finding this pool in Jerusalem from thousands of years ago that no one today thought really existed shouldn't be all that surprising. You'd expect that people who lived thousands of years ago would know about places we've yet to discover. But the fact that someone from thousands of years ago wrote about a place that actually existed thousands of years ago and it ended up in the bible doesn't in any way give validation to any of the supernatural claims that are made in the bible. That would be like someone thousands of years from now finding a copy of Harry Potter and concluding that because it mentions a place called England, that actually did exist, that everything it said about wizards must be true as well.
     
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    I wouldn't dare make any claims here. That I think it reminds me of Jesus' promise that we would see him in the clouds, that I dare say.
     
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