The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
No other event in history has been the object of as much scrutiny and criticism as the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ is the basis upon which all Christianity stands. If the resurrection never happened, then there would be no Christianity, as the Apostle Paul says in 1
Corinthians 15:14, "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith." This is why opponents of the Christian faith have tried to attempt to discredit the Biblical account of the resurrection. Of the many theories of the resurrection, the Biblical account is the only historically reliable and possible explanation of the resurrection. The historical reliability of the Bible is …show more content…
Archaeologist Joseph Free states, "Archaeology has confirmed countless passages which have been rejected by critics as unhistorical and contradictory to known facts (McDowell 54)." A wonderful example of this is found in Paul's letter to the Roman's. In this letter he makes reference to the city treasurer, Erastus.
A pavement fracture was found during the excavations of Corinth, in 1929, on it was inscribed the words: "ERASTVS PRO:AED:P:STRAVIT ('Erastus, curator ofpublic buildings, laid this pavement at his own expense.')(McDowell 110)"
Archaeologist F.F. Bruce states that this man and the man Paul refers to are one in the same (McDowell 110). These three tests when applied to the Bible show it as the most historically reliable text known to man, thus the events found upon the pages of the Bible are actual historically proven events. In light of these facts there are still many theories other than that of the Biblical account. Three of them include the "Visionary" theory, the theft theory, and the wrong tomb theory. The first theory is that of Strauss, that the appearances of Jesus after His death on the cross were "visions generated by the imaginations of the disciples (Ramsey 48)." This may be the easiest of all the theories to discredit. First of all it does not take into account the