[This is the MILLERWRITES contribution to the 2012 Blogging A to Z April Challenge Here is my INTRODUCTION to this particular series, and an opportunity for you to influence which alphabetically aligned weird words I will comment on this month. THANK YOU for stopping by!]
Three weeks ago tomorrow, we Christians celebrated the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ. Perhaps the word is not so 'weird', and the day has been renamed Easter (which has as its root, the Saxon goddess Eostre, who was offered sacrifice around the same time Passover was celebrated by the Jews, which was going on the same weekend Jesus died and was RESURRECTED), but I suggest we simplify our holidays by naming them for what we are holidaying about: in this case, RESURRECTION SUNDAY.
Anyway...I suspect that most people today are too 'educated' and 'scientific' to believe that Jesus ever did actually rise from the dead. OK. But may I suggest that you should then be ready to give up belief in just about every other ancient figure and event you've ever heard about.
The historical evidence, first for the existence of Jesus, then for the main events of his life, death AND RESURRETION is at least as substantial as it is for any other person we typically accept without question. If a report is given you about Julius Caesar, a contemporary of Jesus Christ, do you even wonder about its credibility? For example; our knowledge of Caesar comes largely from Plutarch, who was born shortly after Caesar died. His history is obviously second hand. Three of the Gospels were written by men who literally walked with Jesus, yet their testimony is doubted. Why? That's the real question.
Like the overwhelming geological evidence for a worldwide flood on this planet is denied, and as the parsimonious evidence for a sudden recent creation is ignored, the legal and historical support documenting Jesus' RESURRECTION is also resisted and denied, ultimately I believe, for personal reasons.
Everything written these days has critiques and rebuttals written against it now, and they can be found on the internet. I have looked over some of the responses given to this book that I will recommend, and have found the complaints to be weak and vain. I hope you will look for Lee Strobel's The Case For Christ, consider his reasoned conclusion about evidence for the RESURRECTION (Strobel was the Chicago Tribune's lead legal correspondent, and an atheist), and find the personal salvation won for YOU through the real and meaningful RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.
By the Way...
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