Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Resurrection - The Lies and Realities

 
As we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord let us remember that this particular event gave rise to many speculations and rumours all those years ago, and indeed over the years since then.

Let’s consider the facts as we know them.

A man claiming to be the Son of God was crucified and died a most horrible death.

After His death, His followers claimed that He rose from the dead as He had said He would.

Now let’s look at the rumours and the conspiracy theories.

It is possible that Christ’s disciples and followers stole and hid the body of Jesus to perpetuate the story that He is the Son of God and that His Father raised Him from the dead.

But if that were the case; what benefit is there to them to disseminate this story knowing full well that it is a lie? Why suffer persecution, imprisonment, torture and death for something you know to be false? Would you do that?

The other theory is that the Jews, the Sadducees or Pharisees, removed the body in order to stop any beliefs that Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God.

But if that were the case; then why not produce the body once the disciples said that Jesus rose from the dead and invalidate the story of the Resurrection right from the start? Isn't that what one would expect in such circumstances?

Another hypothesis is that Christ never died at all. He just lost consciousness or was in a coma, and He woke up once again and walked out of the tomb.

But the Romans were very thorough people. They made sure that those crucified were indeed dead by breaking their legs whilst hanging there. They did not do so to Jesus because when they checked He was already dead. Even so, they did pierce His side with a spear just to make sure.

And then; there is of course the fact:

Christ died on the Cross and rose from the dead.

14 comments:

  1. I enjoyed ur commentary, peace b with u!♡

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    1. Thank you Camie. Happy Easter. God bless.

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  2. Another myth would be that his followers were hallucinating and got caught up in group-think. But there were too many sightings for that to be the case. Plus, I think people tend to forget that the apostles didn't really understand the Resurrection until after it happened. Hallucinations tend to happen when your mind wants to believe something. And of course, how would you explain St. Paul's conversion - he certainly did not believe at the time!

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter, Victor! God Bless.

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    1. Thank you Michael for your very clear addition. Best wishes for a Peaceful and Blessed Easter to you and your family.

      God bless.

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  3. I see that as usual, you're still using your Bible for a road map #1 Victor. :))

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTlWCHXMc3s

    Happy Easter

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    1. Happy and Blessed Easter to you and yours too.

      God bless.

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  4. Hi Victor! May God bless you abundantly on this joyful day of Resurrection! He was dead...but has risen. Alleluia! Enjoy this wonderful day with your family and friends.
    God bless you,
    Ceil

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    1. May you and your family be always happy and healthy Ceil, and may the Good Lord smile on you.

      Happy Easter. God bless.

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  5. Hola Victor, Your thoughts are so very well put! This is a glorious day and the gift of salvation is immeasurable! God Bless you and ¡Felices Pascuas!

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    1. Felices Pascuas to you too and your whole family. Thank you so much for visiting me Lora.

      God bless you and yours.

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  6. Victor, you give us so much to think about here. Thank God for giving us His only Son, and a special thank you to Him for giving us the gift of faith, which goes beyond our human understanding.

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    1. Thank you Daily Grace for your visit here again. Much appreciated. May I wish you and your family a Blessed and Peaceful Easter. God bless.

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  7. Great post. I love what Fr James Martin says - the apostles changed too dramatically. They were terrified and hiding out and then suddenly became evangelists and were imprisoned themselves and never backed down. If it were a lie, they could never have stuck it out.

    Happy Easter Victor!

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    1. You're so right Colleen. The disciples and Christ's followers would not have died for a lie.

      May you have a Peaceful and Blessed Easter. God bless you and yours.

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