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1 Evidences Class Evidence for the Resurrection


3 A Few of the Da Vinci Code Claims The 4 Gospels are not reliable The Gnostic “gospels” are reliable Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife Sexual relations are a way of getting closer to God

4 His Evidence - Gnostic Gospels Mary Phillip Written in the 2 nd, 3 rd, and 4 th Centuries Not authentic Few copies (none in the Dead Sea Scrolls!!!)

5 The “Gospel” of Judas Written around 180 A.D.

6 Coming this Easter to the Discovery Channel and a Bookstore Near You The Jesus Family Tomb Talpiot – A suburb of Jerusalem Depaul Professor asserts that even if it is the bones of Jesus it will not destroy the Christian faith.

7 Fact Value Science Faith

8 1 Cor. 15:17-19 (ESV) And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. Importance of Resurrection

9 The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith. John S. Whale



12 John 13:21-23 (ESV) After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, "Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me." The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, "Lord, who is it?"

13 John 19:25-27 (ESV) but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

14 John 21:20-24 (ESV) Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, … "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.

15 Worse than Stupid These are common names Mariamne = Mary Magdalene ??? Why would the Jesus family tomb be in Talpiot?

16 Resurrection Speculations Swoon Theory Wrong Tomb Stolen Body Hallucination Theory Legend – Most Popular Today Twin Theory “Judas took His Place” Theory Alien Theory

17 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (ESV) For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Eyewitness Testimony

18 1 Corinthians 15:6-9 (ESV) Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

19 1.Mary Magdalene- Mark 16:9-11; John 20:10-18 2.The other women at the tomb- Matt. 28:8-10 3.Peter in Jerusalem – Lk. 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5 4.The two travelers on the road - Mk. 16:12-13; Lk. 24:13-35 5.Ten disciples behind closed doors – Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-25 6.All eleven disciples (including Thomas) – Mk. 16:14; Jn. 20:26-31; 1 Cor. 15:5 7.Seven disciples while fishing on the Sea of Galilee – Jn. 21:1-14 8.Eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee – Mt. 28:16- 20; Mk. 16:15-18 9.A crowd of 500 - 1 Cor. 15:6 10.Jesus' brother James - 1 Cor. 15:7 11.Those who watched Jesus ascend into heaven – Mk. 16:19-20; Lk. 24:50-53; Acts 1:3-9

20 Behavior of Those Eyewitnesses James, brother of John Beheaded by Herod Philip Martyred in Greece Andrew Bound to an X-Shaped Cross in Greece Matthew Beheaded in Ethiopia

21 Behavior of Those Eyewitnesses Peter Crucified upside down in Rome Thomas Speared in India Bartholemew Flayed alive in Armenia Matthias Stoned and beheaded in Jerusalem

22 Behavior of Those Eyewitnesses Thaddeus Crucified in Edessa, Greece Simon Martyred in Persia James, the brother of Jesus Thrown from the temple Paul Beheaded by Nero in Rome


24 Reliability of the Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John

25 Cultural Relativism

26 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:20-22)

27 Conventionalism

28 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God's command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1-2)

29 Ethical Subjectivism

30 But be careful that this right of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak. For if somebody sees you, the one who has this knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, won't his weak conscience be encouraged to eat food offered to idols? Then the weak person, the brother for whom Christ died, is ruined by your knowledge. Now when you sin like this against the brothers and wound their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ. Therefore, if food causes my brother to fall, I will never again eat meat, so that I won't cause my brother to fall. (1 Corinthians 8:9-13)

31 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

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