A Reply To Unbelievers on the Resurrection:

How do you have witnesses to the resurrection? The disciples didn’t even see Him rise from the dead. They saw Him after He had risen as it was evidenced by the wounds in His hands and His side when He appeared to them. The disciples were the ones who had spent years with Him and watched Him do miracles and watching Him heal the sick and teaching great wisdom and love and needed to see Him. After Jesus was crucified their faith in Him was destroyed. Jesus needed to appear to them to establish the truth of who He said He was, God in flesh (John 8:24).

Nonbelievers simply will not believe, thus (non-believers). However, there is writing from Josephus about Jesus. This is from his writing in AD 66 and is an extra-biblical source:

“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it is lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among st us, had condemned him to the cross, (9) those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; (10) as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”

Although some questions arose about it favoring Jesus too much asserting it could be unauthenticated, but I add that that assertion has never been proven. However, the real issue of the resurrection deals with the evidence. Evidence that consists of the testimony of many people who professed that they had seen the risen Jesus.As well the same people who testified to the resurrection of Christ also gave up their economic and social security and their lives were put on the line to proclaim that Jesus had risen. They were persecuted and murdered.

God Bless

Brian Mason

7 thoughts on “A Reply To Unbelievers on the Resurrection:

  1. Thanks for your comment. Actually there is a scholarly book put out called “The Search for the 12 Apostles” by William Steuart McBirnie. You will see proof of their martyrdom and the travels after the book of The Acts of the apostles.

  2. Hi, Brian,

    As an unbeliever, and one who has a distinct love for New Testament research, I thought you might like some feedback on this post.

    Generally, those of us who don’t believe the Resurrection occurred also do not believe that Jesus actually performed any miracles. We would argue that– as was often the case with Hellenic bios literature– the gospels reported legends about Jesus of Nazareth which had been spread orally in the decades before their writing.

    We do have direct testimony from Paul, claiming to have witnessed the risen Jesus. We also have a secondhand account, through Paul, that Peter and James similarly made this claim. Paul also makes a vague assertion that the risen Jesus was witnessed by 500 people at once, though he never names any of these people, he never claims to have met any of them, and he never mentions them again (nor, incidentally, do any other NT authors).

    Finally, the claim that all of Jesus’ disciples were martyred for the faith seems to have been a later legendary development. There’s no indication from the NT that these martyrdoms occurred. Even if they had, most unbelievers do not suggest that these earliest Christians didn’t really believe their own claims. Martyrdom for mistaken beliefs is, unfortunately, not terribly uncommon.

    Thanks for your time!

  3. Brian,

    The “real issue of the resurrection” is not at all about evidence, is about rational thought.

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