Happy Resurrection Day!

Is Jesus risen? I suppose its the question of the ages. So many theories surrounding this event. I wonder what event Dawkins’ ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster‘ (See Image to the Right) has elicited?

No matter what you think about Easter, it’s hard to ignore its durability for 2000 years. For some it is nothing more than a myth, probably poorly ripped off from Pagan Roman, Greek or Egyptian mythology. Others have tried to reckon with what happened 2000 years ago, but believe it to have been an illusion or even a hallucination, after all, psychedelic drugs were the thing back in the 030’s. For others something sinister must have taken place, like the disciples stole the body, and created the church for cash, or something like that. But no matter what you think, this story still grabs the attention of humanity on the regular. It’s a myth that doesn’t seem to want to go away? Maybe it is as C.S. Lewis once quipped that The heart of Christianity is a myth, which is also fact. The old myth of the Dying God, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to earth of history. It happens at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences. We pass from a Balder or Osiris, dying nobody knows when or where, to a historical Person crucified under Pontius Pilate. By becoming fact it does not cease to be myth: that is the miracle.”

Well unlike the Flying Spaghetti Monster, there is teeth to this story. It’s a story that changed history. A band of sniveling cowards, who scattered in fear for their lives when Jesus was crucified and it looked like they would be next, became bold proclaimers of this ‘myth.’ They lost their lives because of it. Does this sound like a group that knew their ruse was fake news? Also, we saw devoted Jewish worshipers violate their own Sabbath, and begin to gather early on the first day of the week (Which is Sunday in case you’re wondering), since they were duped enough to believe Jesus rose early on the first day of the week. Curiously too is the fact that the early group of followers never built a shrine to the grave, but celebrated this crazy, mythological nonsense that Jesus rose from the dead as an historical fact. I guess mass hallucinations were in vogue back then, since Jesus appeared to more than 500 followers. This event is more than a spiritual event, it is a physical, historical event, so where it may seem far fetched, it is what it is, and we are left to deal with it, because if it’s true, Jesus might be someone to be reckoned with, and if it’s not true, then as the apostle Paul wrote, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” For the followers of Jesus, if you remove Him and His cross and subsequent resurrection, you are left with nothing, because unlike other religions, Christianity is not based on a certain set of teachings, which in many ways look the same as any other moralistic teachings of the day, it is based on who He is, and what He has done for us. Without that, we are just another group of people to be pitied!

This was not written to convince you, because I have come to learn after my so many years, that once we have made up our minds, we don’t like being confused with the facts. I wrote it to reflect on this incredible claim of orthodox Christianity, and hope you take the time to reflect on it too. Happy Resurrection Day to you!

8 responses to “Happy Resurrection Day!”

  1. “t’s a story that changed history. A band of sniveling cowards, who scattered in fear for their lives when Jesus was crucified and it looked like they would be next, became bold proclaimers of this ‘myth.’ ”

    well, not per your own bible. It does contradict itself.

    “19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” ” John 20

    or

    “50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.” Luke 24

    There is no evidence that there was a cruxifiction, a resurrection or that the apostles were killed for their beliefs. If they were, plenty of people die for things that they beleive are true but are not. It is not a historical fact.

    They never built a shrine since no one knew where the tomb was. No death, no tomb, and it appears to have been “found” hundreds of years later.

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    1. You might want to do more than a Twitter search regarding evidence. There is quite a bit actually, including the multiple biblical references. There is hardly a scholar that actually denies that the early church didn’t believe in the resurrection. There are memorials to everything except a burial site, yet the Jews starting meeting on Sunday instead of Saturday. If you would like me to actually direct you to many books writing in regard to the evidence I’d be happy to. As far as your verses ‘proving a contradiction, they don’t actually prove anything other than the event that they witnessed. And I agree, plenty of people die for things that aren’t true, but no one dies for things they actually know are not true. There is a lot of evidence for apostles dying for their belief that the resurrection actually happened. You are denying the written history based on your prejudice, yet you most likely accept most history as it is written. Maybe you should check your bias’ and do a bit more homework

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      1. Well, it’s always fun to watch a Christian lie in order to pretend that there is evidence for your claims. I’ve done quite a bit more than a “twitter search”.

        Bible verses are claims, not evidence for those claims. And yes, lots of scholars believe that Christians thought the resurrection was true since they did. There is no evidence that the resurrection ever happened, or the sky getting dark, there being a major earthquake that could destroy things in the temple and the dead wandering around Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There are not memorials to “everything except a burial site”. But do tell me about them and when they were put up.

        You can, right? And the most important place of your religion forgotten, is quite a problem.

        Jews still meet on Saturdays, I see lots of them going to the several synagogues in my neighborhood and Christians can’t agree on what day they want to use. It depends on the sect.

        I’ve read many many books about apologetics. I’ve also read theh bible a couple of times. I know you are making false claims about them. The contradictions about what happened during events show that there is no eyewitneses and no reason to think any of those events ever happened. They certainly don’t’ show that the events happened. I’d love to have you tell a judge that and watch them laugh at you.

        There is no evidence for apostles dying for their beliefs, only stories. And things die for false things, even those they know aren’t true all of the time. Every idiot suicide bomber, every cultist drinking poison, all of them. We don’t’ even have evidence that the apostles actually existed as claimed. All you have is Paul with any certainty and he can’t even keep his origin story straight.

        There is no history about this, only stories that were made up long after and which still contradict each other on where and when these supposed apostles were and how they died.

        I do indeed take history as written since it has plenty of evidence backing up those writings, archaeology, writings from antagonists, etc. Your religion has none of those. It has myths.

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