Conspiracy Theory-The Resurrection; Did It Happen?

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  1. kyredneck

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    [I thought this was interesting]

    When Charles Colson, onetime Watergate criminal-turned-founder of Prison Fellowship, is challenged about the truth of Christ’s resurrection, he responds, “My answer is always that the disciples and 500 others gave eyewitness accounts of seeing Jesus risen from the tomb. But then I’m asked, ‘How do you know they were telling the truth? Maybe they were perpetuating a hoax.’ ” Colson says, “My answer to that comes from an unlikely source: Watergate.”

    He writes: “Watergate involved a conspiracy perpetuated by the closest aides to the president of the United States — the most powerful men in America, who were intensely loyal to their president. But one of them, John Dean, turned state’s evidence, that is, testified against Nixon, as he put it, ‘to save his own skin’ — and he did so only two weeks after informing the president about what was really going on! The cover-up, the lie, could only be held together for two weeks, and then everybody else jumped ship to save themselves. Now, all those around the president were facing was embarrassment, maybe prison. Nobody’s life was at stake.”

    “But what about the disciples? Twelve powerless men, peasants really, were facing not just embarrassment or political disgrace, but beatings, stoning, execution. Every one of the disciples insisted, to their dying breaths, that they had physically seen Jesus bodily raised from the dead. Don’t you think that one of those apostles would have cracked before being beheaded or stoned? That one of them would have made a deal with the authorities? None did. Men will give their lives for something they believe to be true; they will never give their lives for something they know to be false.”

    “The Watergate cover-up reveals the true nature of humanity. Even political zealots at the pinnacle of power will, in the crunch, save their own necks, even at the expense of the ones they profess to serve so loyally. But the apostles could not deny Jesus, because they had seen him face to face, and they knew he had risen from the dead.”

    “No, you can take it from an expert in cover-ups — I’ve lived through Watergate — that nothing less than a resurrected Christ could have caused those men to maintain to their dying whispers that Jesus is alive and is Lord. Two thousand years later, nothing less than the power of the risen Christ could inspire Christians around the world to remain faithful — despite prison, torture, and death. Jesus is Lord: That’s the thrilling message of Easter. It’s a historic fact, one convincingly established by the evidence — and one you can bet your life upon.” [Charles Colson, BreakPoint Online Commentaries , April 29, 2002]
     
  2. Tom Butler

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    Great story.

    I read a similar story in "A Systematic Study of Bible Doctrine," written by Thomas Paul Simmons, President of Tri-State Bible College, Evansville Indiana, in 1936.

     
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    Very cool and the rapid expansion of the church for the gospel along with many trials is a great testimony to the risen Lord.
     
  4. Jon-Marc

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    Would so many people have been willing to die for a hoax? The methods of death were often inhumane and extremely painful--like one who was boiled in oil. I doubt that they killed him first. Peter was crucified upside down, because he said he was not worthy to die the same as His Lord. One was flayed alive, having his skin peeled off. Would anyone endure that for a lie? All they had to do was renounce their beliefs, and yet they wouldn't do it. I have my doubts that I would be willing to suffer torture, but the power of God can do all things.
     
  5. Tom Butler

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    You have asked the critical question. Remember when Jesus died, what did the eleven do? We know Peter said he was going back to fishing. They were not huddled somewhere waiting for the resurrectiion. Despite all they had seen and been taught, the were not looking for a resurrection. It was over. Only when they saw him alive and talked with him did they change into flaming evangelists.
     
  6. Zenas

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    Kyredneck, your post is really good stuff that I will copy and use as often as possible. Thank you for putting it up. :thumbs:
     
  7. Jon-Marc

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    The reason they were fearful and hid was because they weren't looking for a Saviour to die on a cross. They were looking for a leader to free them from the tyranny of the king. They believed Him to be the new king but didn't realize (until His resurrection) that His kingdom was not on earth. Once they had realized Who and What He really was, they were bo longer afraid and were even willing to be tortured and killed for Him.
     
  8. jeben

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    Without the resurrection I have no salvation!
     
  9. Paul3144

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    I'm going to use this with unbelievers. Great post!
     

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