4.12.15 LECTURE

  • 1 Corinthians 15:14-19
  • If Christ had not been raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain
  • IS JESUS REAL? DID THE RESURRECTION OCCUR?
  • Cornelius Tacitus: Roman senator, historian
  • wrote Annals (discusses Christ’s crucifixion)
  • Flavius Josephus: Jew, respected among scholars today, wrote Antiquities (James, brother of Jesus was crucified)
  • Caius Suetonious Tranquillus: powerful individual, keeper of the library
  • discusses banishment of Jews from Rome and how Christ was their leader

Arguments for Resurrection:

  1. Empty tomb- Jesus told everyone he would rise again and Pharisees were aware of this so they asked for Pontius Pilate to allow a Roman guard unit to be posted 24 hours around the clock at the tomb
  2. A Roman guard unit has minimum of four people who are extremely diligent because their punishment for failure is crucifixion upside down
  3. Post-Resurrection Appearance: He appeared to disciples, apostles, and 500 other people (at the same time, which sparked the Christian movement)
  4. Christians were being persecuted at this time (death), so people had no logical reason to profess their faith
  5. atheists need to come up with a reason as to why there was an explosion of Christianity at a time when no one had an incentive to be a Christian
  6. Martyrdom of the disciples (only disciple who wasn’t killed was John, and would you ever die for something that you know is a lie?/ the 11 who died were killed in different parts of the world)

*Dr. Simon Greenleaf–> The Testimony of the Evangelist

Love, Galbi

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