Christianity And The Resurrection Are Based On Facts And History
So we have a worldwide, 2000-year-old religion built upon the return from the dead Jewish man from a small province of the Roman Empire. This man claimed that he was God. This makes him either a liar, of such massive proportions that he was evil; or a lunatic so deranged that he was dangerous; or he was God. Looking at the portraits of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: could this man have been a liar? A man who calls on someone to smirch his reputation but finds none; who treated women in a very sexist society with tenderness as students and friends; and who mixed with whores and tax collectors, going to parties and challenging religious hypocrisy? Is he a madman or a liar?
There is no scientific proof to refute the claim that a perfect man, or a God-man could come back from the dead. This perhaps seems scientifically likely, if such a man existed.
It is a historical fact that he was executed under Pontius Pilate. It is also a historical fact that his followers, 4 weeks later and 20 minutes' walk from his tomb began to claim that he was raised from the dead.
Who would have stolen Jesus of Nazareth's body then? The Jewish authorities or the Romans? This is so unlikely, that it would be ridiculous there is much said in historical documents of the trouble Christians caused, why didn't the leaders then discredit the movement? And why did they take the corpse in the first place?
If the authorities didn't take it, why would his disciples have taken the body? Before we answer this question, look at what happened to his closet followers and friends:
James (Half-brother Of Jesus): stoned and clubbed to death
Simon Peter: crucified upside down
Matthew: killed by the sword
John: died of natural causes in exile
James: (son of Alphaeus): crucified
Thaddeus: killed by arrows
Thomas: killed by spear thrust
James (Sons of Zebedee): killed by the sword
The men were killed for saying, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4-12). They were mocked, beaten and tortured yet stayed true (stayed true to wishful thinking and inconclusive rumors?). These mean died saying their friend and teacher came back form the dead. Any rational person must resolve the historical difficulty of Why. This done either by saying that Jesus did return and is the only way to know God or is there another, better as convincing explanation?
These men were the same men who went running naked through the garden of Gethsemane for fear as Jesus was arrested. Simon Peter even publicly disowned Jesus three times because of cowardice at the time of Jesus' trial. These spineless men were somehow transformed in four weeks and became a formidable force of compassionate yet bold men who would suffer and die for the message of the cross. What happened?