Doubting The Resurrection
“The idea that there were more than 500 witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus is pure propaganda. … The main propagandist, Paul of Tarsus, never met Jesus and didn’t witness any resurrections, but he did more to spread the Jesus is Christ myth than anyone then or since.”
— The Skeptic’s Dictionary
“Presumably what happened to Jesus was what happens to all of us when we die. We decompose. Accounts of Jesus’s resurrection and ascension are about as well-documented as Jack and the Beanstalk.”
— Richard Dawkins
Easter is an anti-resurrection meme magnet. As the day of Christ’s rising from the grave approaches, every skeptic and his dog are eager to air their opinions on why this key event in the Christian calendar is nothing but a myth; a fable that is the figment of delusional imaginations.
However, there is a problem with such offhand dismissals.
The only way you can dismiss the resurrection as a myth is to first believe that absolute truth exists and that it is knowable through your personal senses.
After all, to relegate an event to the realm of mythology is to presume that there is such a thing as absolute truth or reality.
But more often than not, the narky naysayers don’t believe that absolute reality or absolute truth actually exist. And even if they do, they most likely will hold to the position that such truth or reality is unknowable. Reason being, all knowing occurs via our subjective senses. In other words, we can only know absolute truth in a subjective sense. And given that our subjective senses are not infallible, we cannot know with certainty whether our subjective senses are giving us accurate information about absolute truth or reality.
So the irony of the situation is that the skeptics want their skepticism to be accepted as absolutely true whilst holding that absolute truth does not exist!
Sorry, no deal!
If someone wants to give any credence to the claim that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a myth, then they must first be willing to accept that absolute truth/ reality exists and is indeed knowable.
If they refuse to accept the existence and knowability of absolute truth/ reality, then any dismissal of the resurrection event as superstitious folklore has to be on subjective grounds.
In other words, there is every reason to be skeptical of the skeptic’s skepticism!
To believe that something is a myth is to presuppose that absolute reality exists.
To presuppose that absolute reality exists is to presuppose uniformity of natural laws across space-time.
To presuppose uniformity of natural laws across space-time is to presuppose a system that purely naturalistic forces just cannot provide i.e. it presupposes a universe made by an intelligent, supernatural Creator i.e. God.
So really, if anyone rejects the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection, it’s not because of a lack of evidence. Rather, it’s because of denial of the evidence.
When you get people to be honest about their own presuppositions it’s hard to remain skeptical about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This Easter, if you’re skeptical about the historicity of Jesus’ coming back to life, abandon your doubts.
And embrace Christ.