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Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider a dozen evidences for the resurrection of Jesus. For greater depth on these points, see the recommended resources at the end of the article.
1. Jesus’s Empty Tomb
According to the Gospels,1 after Jesus succumbed to death through crucifixion, some of his followers prepared his lifeless body for burial and placed it in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb. Three days later the tomb was discovered empty, for Jesus’s body had vanished. The empty tomb is a critical part of the resurrection account, for if Jesus’s body had been recovered, then Christianity would have been falsified right as it…
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I arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of sun, radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire, speed of lightening,
Swiftness of wind, depth of sea,
Stability of earth, firmness of rock.
I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me…
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me…
I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel, merciless power that may oppose my body and soul.
– attributed to St. Patrick, 500 AD.
Making decisions is one of the most difficult things we do. If it is that hard to choose between the mint chocolate chip and the rocky road, how much more do we agonize over this church or that church, this school or that school, this job or that job, this person or that person? We pray, we sweat, we weep, we read, we toss, we turn. Why this fear? Why this agony? Why these sleepless nights? It is the uncertainty …
I think natural selection is somewhat of a misnomer. Even natural processes can be God directed.
For example, the cold winters were planned and executed precisely and intently, down to the exact temperature and duration, to cause necessary intended changes to happen on earth…
Here is a slightly less vague example to help, before I dig up the details on the one given above.
I was in the Chicago Field Museum and was wowed out of my mind by the guide’s introduction of Lignans – introduction of new type of cells, buidling blocks of trees, that cannot be digested by anything on the planet at that time, and then all these were buried and turned into pressurized into coal millions of years later. That blew my mind. Imagine x years of trees grown all over earth rapidly then when they die they just accumulated pile high. Then the pressure and their own weight (plus maybe some geology and tectonics) made them into fuel that we use and rely on today. How did this cell lignan suddently come to existence and why? And why wasn’t there anything that could digest it??
Science can discover and observe but only history, philosophy, theology can tell us why. Even all the human disciplines added together cannot know everything, so how can One human discipline claim know everything and have the right answer?
People really are fickle with their preferences and likes.
An “kische” red tea kettle I couldn’t stand for five months suddenly looks particularly fitting and pleasant in my kitchen and pleasant today.
A career I gave almost everything for – moved great distances leaving friends, culture and family, pouring in countless hours and dollars, sacrificing sleep and recreation, frequently enduring harsh weather conditions both extreme cold and hot, exerting both lots of heavy lifting and intensive thinking and learning… suddenly one day became completely uninteresting and pointless.
They say people have aesthetic fatigue that hits in every two or three years. One can spend a fortune on a kitchen reno and some new furniture but after a while it will all lose appeal.
But God is reliable, perfect, and eternal. He is live and manifold, meeting infinitude of different needs and circumstances, but remaining unchanged – His perfect truth and will will never change. His wisdom is all encompassing, through all time. My partial views an piecemeal understanding will never compare to His perspective and awareness.
Thank God that He is reliable. How can I depend on fickle me?
不管我現在愛什麼、不愛什麼；不管我現在想不想怎樣、做不做這個 – 這些都有它的不確定性在。這就是為什麼我們人類常常會後悔。但上帝 – 祂是不變的，全知全能的。跟隨愛我們純粹只為我們好的祂 – 才是超乎我們能想像、超乎我們能了解的穩妥。
Whatever I love right now, or hate right now; whatever I want to do something or not – these all have its inherent uncertainties. This is why there is the plague of regret of any member of humanity. But God – He is unchanging, omniscient and omnipotent. Following He, who loves us and only wants the very best for us, is the only way to peace and security that is far beyond our imagination and understanding.
An interesting look at the intellectual prowress – or lack thereof – of Jesus.
By Travis Dickinson