The Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection from the Grave

  • The Jews, Romans, and Christians of the first century all agreed that Jesus' burial tomb was empty.
  • The Bible records over 500 eyewitnesses to the resurrected Jesus, many of these eyewitnesses saw Jesus on more than one occasion and even at the same time, sometimes in groups of hundreds of people.
  • What could account for the radically changed lives of people like Saul (Paul), Jesus' earthly brother James, or the disciples? Their testimony is clear. They saw the resurrected Jesus.
  • The rapid spread of the early church in the hostile climate of first century, Roman occupied, Jewish Israel can only be explained through one fact: Jesus truly had risen from the grave.
  • All but one of Jesus' disciples died martyrs deaths because of their claim that Jesus was the risen Lord. None of his disciples ever renounced their testimony of the resurrection.

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The Uniqueness of the Bible

  • The Bible contains sixty-six books, written by forty different authors, over a period of 1500 years, on three different continents, and in three different languages. Yet, within this diverse collection of books we find a common storyline and theme (God's love and redemptive plan for humanity) with no contradictions.
  • The Bible contains hundreds of prophecies that have been literally fulfilled in history. For examples, see Daniel 2; Isaiah 13; Luke 21:5-6.
  • The Bible has regularly been confirmed as being historically, archaeologically, and geographically accurate.
  • The current Old Testament that we use today has proven to be 99% accurate when compared to the Dead Sea Scrolls dating from 200 B.C.
  • The current New Testament that we use today has proven to be 99% accurate when compared to the over 10,000 partial and complete New Testament manuscripts dating from the first three centuries A.D.

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Darwinian Evolution

  • Darwinian evolution is based on a hopelessly illogical premise, the concept of spontaneous generation, or life arising from non-living matter.
  • If Darwinian evolution were true we should literally find millions of transitional forms in the fossil record, but the missing links are still missing.
  • Darwinists claim that natural selection is evidence of macroevolution. However, natural selection, which is basic science, simply demonstrates change within species or microevolution.
  • Critiquing Darwinism does not make a person anti-science. We all share the same scientific evidence. The question is, what theory or interpretive framework best explains the evidence?

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The God of Islam vs. the God of Christianity

  • Allah of Islam is an unknowable god. Muslims can only know the laws of Allah given in the Koran. Yahweh of the Bible is a God whom we can know personally as our Heavenly Father.
  • Allah is one whereas the God of the Bible, Yahweh, is a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • Allah is changeable and thus cannot be trusted. Yahweh is immutable, his nature does not change, and therefore he is ultimately trustworthy.
  • Allah is transcendent and unapproachable. Yahweh has made himself known by entering human history in the person of Jesus Christ.
  • With Allah salvation is based on works of legalism. With Yahweh salvation is based on grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

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Atheism

  • Atheism is not a scientific position, but rather a philosophical worldview that is based on faith.
  • Atheism necessitates a belief in Darwinian evolution, which is a very problematic explanation for the origin of life.
  • It is interesting to note that there has never been a purely atheistic society anywhere in the history of the world. Humanity appears wired to seek God.
  • Many Atheists reject God for personal or subjective reasons. So while it is important to look at the objective evidence for God, it is also essential that we speak to Atheists with love and compassion.

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The Bible’s Amazing Prophecies

  • Prophecy makes up almost one-third of the Bible.
  • Fulfilled prophecies are some of the best evidences for the inspiration of Scripture.
  • The Bible contains hundreds of prophecies relating to individuals, cities, nations, and empires, all of which were historically fulfilled. For examples, see Jeremiah 25:11-12; Isaiah 44:28; Ezekiel 26:3-14.
  • The Old Testament contains over 300 prophecies concerning the coming of the messiah, all of which were fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
  • Some of the greatest prophecies in Scripture have yet to be fulfilled, such as the rapture of the church and the second coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24).

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Reincarnation

  • Reincarnation is the basis of afterlife taught in Hinduism, Buddhism, the New Age Movement and numerous other cults.
  • Reincarnation is only possible in a Pantheistic worldview that says god is an impersonal, universal force. The personality of God, as taught in Scripture, is an absolute refutation of the concept of reincarnation.
  • The blood atonement of Jesus Christ completely does away with reincarnation based on Karma. Jesus was the eternal Lamb of God who paid the price for our sins "once for all time" Hebrews 10:10 says.
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promised resurrection of believers deny a cyclic afterlife such as reincarnation.
  • One verse completely dispels the idea of reincarnation. According to Hebrews 9:27 we will all die once and after death comes judgment, not cyclic rebirth.

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Mormonism – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

  • Mormons declare that the Book of Mormon is a second testament of Jesus Christ. However, unlike the Bible, the Book of Mormon fails the tests of historical, archaeological, or geographical confirmation for its claims.
  • Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh and bone and was once a mortal man who evolved to become a god (counter: John 4:24; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 90:2).
  • Mormons are polytheists and believe that all male Mormons can become gods themselves (counter: Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8).
  • Mormonism teaches that Jesus is the spirit brother of Satan, that he was conceived through physical relations between Father God and Mary, and that our salvation is not based solely on the cross and blood of Jesus Christ. Notice, you will never see a cross on a Mormon church or temple (counter: John 1:1-3; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35; 1 John 1:7-9; Colossians 1:19-20).
  • Mormonism is a religion of works that denies the truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone (counter: Ephesians 2:8-9; John 6:28-29).

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The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

  • Jesus Christ is the only founder of a major world religion who claimed to be God.
  • Jesus Christ is the only founder of a major world religion who prophesied his resurrection from the dead and fulfilled that claim.
  • Jesus Christ is the only founder of a major world religion who is honored and revered by all other major world religions.
  • The reliable, historical documentation for the life and teachings of Jesus Christ far exceeds that for any of the other founders of the major world religions.
  • The three short years of Jesus' active ministry have done more to regenerate humanity than any other force in human history.

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