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1 I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth : And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord ; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried ; he descended into hell ; the third day he rose again from the dead ; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost ; the holy catholic church ; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins ; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

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3 The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

4 What is the One Way to Destroy Christianity Once and for All? The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

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6 “The insurance against death is to have been created ex nihilo, which keeps open the possibility of an equally miraculous resurrection.” – Jean Baudrillard, secular postmodernist The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

7 Key Question… “Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?” …and what did it accomplish? The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

8 1.Jesus was murdered and buried 2.Three days afterward, His body went missing 3.Jesus appeared alive to various people over the course of 40 days 4.Christ’s appearance transformed His followers and became the central focus of their teaching The Historical Case for the Resurrection The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

9 " And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment." (Luke 23:50-56) The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection Evidence that Jesus was Buried…

10 Burial recorded in all gospels Joseph of Arimathea petitioned Pilate for body Joseph put Jesus in his own tomb – Sanhedrin member: unlikely that this would be a lie Burial witnessed by close friends Tomb guarded by soldiers Jews never denied that Jesus was dead and buried The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection Evidence that Jesus was Buried…

11 " But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." (Luke 24:1-3) The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection Evidence that Jesus’ Body Went Missing…

12 Empty tomb viewed by Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, Peter and John Jewish leaders devised lie to cover up the resurrection; never refuted claim that the body was gone Non-Christian historians record Christian’s claims of Jesus being alive Evidence that Jesus’ Body Went Missing… The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

13 "But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher)." (John 20:11-16) The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection Evidence that Jesus Appeared Alive…

14 Evidence that the Jesus Appeared to Witnesses… The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection POST- RESURRECTION APPEARANCES OF CHRIST 1. Very Early 1 st Day.Mary MagdaleneMark 16:9; John 20: Early 1 st Day.The WomenMatthew 28: Afternoon 1 st Day.Simon Peter (Cephas)Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5 4. Late AfternoonThe Two on the Road to EmmausLuke 24:31 5. Early EveningThe ElevenMark 16:14; Luke 24:33-39; John 20: week laterThe ElevenJohn 20:26 7. Exact time unknownThe seven by the Sea of GalileeJohn 21:1 8. Exact time unknownThe 500 brethren1 Corinthians 15:6 9. Exact time unknownHalf-brother James, now the family head. 1 Corinthians 15:7 10. Exact time unknownThe Eleven in GalileeMatthew 28: Exact time unknownThe Eleven in JerusalemMark 16: Exact time unknownPossible separate meeting of the Eleven Luke 24:44; Acts 1:4 13. During 40 daysThe 12 who would be preaching this.Acts 1: After 40 daysThe AscensionLuke 24:50; Acts 1:9 - 12

15 "It is historically certain that Peter and the other disciples had experiences after Jesus' death in which Jesus appeared to them as the risen Christ." -Gerd Ludeman, Atheist Guttingen University, Germany The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

16 Evidence of Transformed Lives…

17 Peter – crucified upside down Andrew – crucified on an X-shaped cross James (disciple) – beheaded by Herod John (disciple) – banished to Patmos; died natural death in Ephesus Thomas – martyred in India James (half-brother of Jesus) – thrown from the top of the temple, then stoned Bartholomew – filleted alive Matthew – killed with sword in Ethiopia Luke – hanged in Greece Matthias – stoned and beheaded Jude – murdered by archers Barnabas – stoned at Salonica Paul – beheaded in Rome The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection Evidence of Transformed Lives…

18 Authorities moved the body – no motive for that Spiritual resurrection only – the tomb was empty and He did physical things Mistaken identity – the tomb was empty, skeptics were converted Swoon theory – Jesus did not survive the scourging and cross Hallucination theory – mass hallucination not possible Wrong tomb – just go to the right tomb and produce the body Disciples stole the body – no one dies for a lie they know to be false Legend/myth – too early; no myth ever entered into history where 2 generations had not passed. Gospels written during lifetime of the eyewitnesses Proposed Alternate Explanations The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

19 Habermas – Flew Debates The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

20 Jesus must have had an unknown, identical twin brother who was separated from him at birth, and who showed up in Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion, stole Jesus’ body, and then showed himself to the disciples, leading them to mistakenly infer that Jesus rose from the dead. Dr. Robert Greg Cavin University of California Professor, Ph.D. Dissertation on the Resurrection (Noted by William Lane Craig in lecture) My Favorite The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

21 Jesus’ Twin Brother…? C’mon!

22 The Resurrection is a Copy of Pagan Myths The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

23 “When the dust has soaked up a person’s blood, once he is dead, there is no resurrection." -Apollo, founding of Areopagus Aeschylus, Eumenides The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

24 The Resurrection is a Copy of Pagan Myths The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

25 The Resurrection is a Copy of Pagan Myths The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

26 What if I told you a story about a British ocean liner that was about 800 feet long, weighed over 60,000 tons, and could carry about 3,000 passengers? The ship had a top cruising speed of 24 knots, had three propellers, and about 20 lifeboats. And what if I told you that this ocean liner hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage in the month of April, tearing an opening in the starboard side forward portion of the ship, and sinking along with about 2,000 passengers? What does that sound like? Fallacy of the False Cause The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection It is a fictional story described in Robertson’s book called “the Wreck of the Titan” or “Futility” (Buccaneer Books, Cutchogue, New York, 1898). This book was written fourteen years BEFORE the Titanic disaster took place, and several years before the construction was even begun on the Titanic. In the 1880’s, the well known English journalist, W. T. Stead also wrote an account of a sinking ocean liner in the mid-Atlantic, and by 1882 had added the detail that an iceberg would be the cause of the disaster.

27 Cults on the Resurrection The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection “it could not be that the man Jesus is the Second Adam, the new father of the race instead of Adam; for the man Jesus is dead, forever dead” – Studies in the Scriptures Vol. V, p.454 “in his resurrection he was no more human. He was raised as a spirit creature” – The Kingdom is at Hand, p. 258.

28 The same body that vacated the tomb is the same one that occupied it He had Crucifixion scars He had flesh and bones (Luke 24:39) He ate food (Luke 24:42) He was Tangible (Matt 28:9) The body raised is the one sown in death (1 Cor. 15:42) Word soma always means physical bodies Our lowly bodies are transformed to be like His glorious one (Phil 3:21; 1 John 3:2-3) The Same Body that Died, Rose… The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

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30 Why the “Jesus Tomb” is False The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection There is no DNA evidence that this is the historical Jesus of Nazareth The statistical analysis is untrustworthy The name "Jesus" was a popular name in the first century, appearing in 98 other tombs and on 21 other ossuaries There is no historical evidence that Jesus was ever married or had a child The earliest followers of Jesus never called him "Jesus, son of Joseph“. Jesus’ enemies taunted Him with “We were not born of fornication…” It is highly unlikely that Joseph, who died earlier in Galilee, was buried in Jerusalem, since the historical record connects him only to Nazareth or Bethlehem

31 Why the “Jesus Tomb” is False The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection The Talipot tomb and ossuaries are such that they would have belonged to a rich family, which does not match the historical record for Jesus, a guy who had to get his taxes from the mouth of a fish Fourth-century church historian Eusebius makes quite clear that the body of James, the brother of Jesus, was buried alone near the temple mount and that his tomb was visited in the early centuries, making very unlikely that the Talipot tomb was Jesus' "family tomb" The two Mary ossuaries simply has the name Mary, one of the most common names of that era

32 A Miracle in One of Three Ways The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

33 After examining everything from a historical and rational perspective, the best explanation to account for the facts is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead via a miracle by God. The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

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35 The Biblical Basis for the Resurrection The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

36 Theological Implications The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

37 Theological Implications The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

38 Theological Implications The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

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40 Theological Implications The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

41 Theological Implications The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

42 The German chancellor, Konrad Adeneur, once asked Billy Graham this question: “Mr.Graham, do you really believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead?” Billy Graham somewhat taken aback by the question said, “Sir, if I did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I would have no gospel left to preach.” Graham said Conrad Adeneur paused, walked over to the end of the room, looked out of the window, at the post-war ruins and said, “Mr. Graham, outside of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I know of no other hope for mankind.” The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

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44 Christ’s Ascension The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection " And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”" (Acts 1:9-11)

45 Christ’s Place The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection "So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God." (Mark 16:19)

46 God’s Right Hand The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection The word “right” in the Bible is often used in the sense of “being straight”; it is used to describe that which is just or righteous (cf. Gn 18:25). Figuratively speaking, God’s right hand is the means whereby victories are obtained for the people of God (Ps. 17:7, 98:1); it is also an instrument of punishment for the ungodly (Heb. 2:16). God’s right hand sustains his children in the hour of need (Ps. 139:10). Furthermore, God promises to strengthen the right hand of the person he purposes to help (Is 41:13). To be at the right hand of God is to occupy a place of the choicest blessings (Ps. 16:11) To offer the right hand of fellowship is to extend the warmest and most accepting type of camaraderie (Gal 2:9). Giving the right hand as the sign of a pledge also has a biblical antecedent (2 Kgs 10:15). Although the left hand is often linked to blessings (Prv 3:16), it may also be associated with treachery or other undesirable activity (Eccl 10:2).

47 The Creed – I Believe in Christ’s Resurrection

48 Buddha Muhammad Confucius VS.

49 I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth : And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord ; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried ; he descended into hell ; the third day he rose again from the dead ; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost ; the holy catholic church ; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins ; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen


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