APOLOGETICS SESSION 16
Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
- What would you say is the point that this video so humorously makes?
- How important would you say is the resurrection of Christ? Explain.
- Gary Habermas takes data from a skeptic and shows that Jesus was raised from the Dead. How does he do that?
- Any other comments from this video?
"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins."
-Paul (1 Corinthians 15:17)
- Mike Licona talks about the facts that are widely accepted. What are these facts (three of them)?
- He also talks about 'the best explanation' of the these three facts. What is his point?
- The 'hallucination' hypothesis is the most widely accepted naturalistic explanation. Why is this not the best explanation?
- Other thoughts from this video?
- What from this video stands out to you?
- Is there an inherent connection between Jesus being the Messiah and his resurrection? Explain.
- How can you be sure that the disciples did not lie about Jesus?
- What are the three reasons that people commit a murder/lie/etc. according to Wallace? How does this relate to the resurrection?
- What are the five things required for someone to pull off a lie/conspiracy? How does this relate to the resurrection of Christ?
- Anything else stand out to you from this short video?
- Craig mentions the theories that have been considered and rejected by scholars. What are some of these?
- Do you think there are any viable alternative theories for the resurrection? Explain.
- What stands out to you from this short video?
- Did the New Testament writers invent the resurrection? What would your answer be?
"Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His divine manhood. While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying—and that was his coat. When he was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life." -James Allan Francis
- What stood out to you most from this session/discussion?
- Closing thoughts/comments?