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The Minimal Facts of the Resurrection

Do we not understand what it means to be “conditioned”, thus experiencing a “limited” frame of reference. Are we not all conditioned by the flesh, thus distorting our view and understanding of scripture. The “sources” that you desire would do me no good, you would still be limited in your very paradigm of the Creation and would by nature force such facts to fit your preconceived notions. So it is that first I must address your ability to perceive, rather than debate endlessly over doctrinal viewpoints often from those who themselves possess such limitations. That being said, lets first address you (and others), we begin our conscious lives in this body we call the flesh, we have a “subjective” experience at every minute of every day within our bodies. That experience entails the duality of “Pain and Pleasure”. The soul, consciousness, mind, grows up under such influence, but their is a built in deception to this subjective experience, that deception is in the fact that “Pain and Pleasure” impact us in such a way that our reality is divided into a duality that implied “Being”, or “realness” on either side of that duality.

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The Post Resurrection Behavior of Jesus Eliminates the Possibility of an Imposter

I’ve learned something important from the fraud investigators who have joined our homicide team over the years. Con artists are successful if, and only if, they know more about the focus of their lie, than the people to whom they are lying. If you’re trying to con someone out of money in a phony investment scheme, you better know more about investment businesses than your victims. You’ll need to sound like you know what you’re doing if you want to convince someone to give you their money, and they better not be able to detect your deception. So if someone wanted to con those closest to Jesus into believing that Jesus had actually risen from the dead, he would need to know Jesus (his mannerisms, figures of speech and behaviors) better than the disciples themselves. Who could know Jesus this well? I think it would have to be someone in the inner circle, and this person would have to begin by stealing the body; a difficult feat for a single person. It’s not long before imposter theories turn into theories that Involve co-conspirators, and I’ve written an entire chapter of Cold-Case Christianity to explain why conspiracies are so difficult to execute successfully.

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If the resurrection of Jesus Christ is not an historical fact, then the new life he said he’s given you, as a result, ceases to be a trustworthy reality.

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The Ascension of Jesus

Some suggest that the language of “captives” refers to enemies of God who have been taken against their will—a sort of subjugated death march. A better and more likely understanding is that the “captives” in view are those who were taken captive by the enemies of God, and it is these whom God has come to rescue. That would certainly fit the theme and flow of the psalm more closely, and it would carry the idea of God as not only divine warrior but also divine rescuer. More importantly, this view also seems to accord with what Paul says in Ephesians 4, where he quotes and expounds upon Psalm 68:18. There, Paul explains how Christ fulfills Psalm 68 not simply in His resurrection, but particularly through His ascension (Eph. 4:8–10). Christ conquered sin and death (our great enemies) and led out rescued captives, whom He has not only freed but furnished with gifts. Many have stumbled over the fact that in Psalm 68:18 it says that God “received” gifts from men, but in Ephesians 4:8 Paul says God “gave” gifts to men. Which is it? Both. Those whom God liberated not only gave gifts (themselves being the gifts), but they were also furnished by the Spirit of God with gifts for service in the church and thus became the “gifts” that the resurrected and ascended Christ would give to His church for its building up.

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Easter Life and the Facts of History

And give his life he did, on an unspeakably cruel Roman cross—impaled for all to see before two common criminals. We call this day Good Friday because it was good for us; but it was dreadful for Jesus. Before I became a follower of Christ, I always associated this day with the Alaskan earthquake on Good Friday, 1964, one of the largest ever in North America. I was there in Anchorage. After the death of Jesus, the earth quaked on the first Good Friday as well, heaving with a significance that far exceeds any geological upsurge in world history. As Jesus’ disciple Matthew recounts: “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split” (Matthew 27:50-51). When the guards at the crucifixion experienced the earthquake and the other extraordinary phenomena, “they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” (v. 54). Yet another miracle was waiting, waiting—as the dead Messiah was pried off his bloody cross, embalmed, and laid in a cold, dark tomb, guarded to the hilt.

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The crucifixion of Jesus is remembered in Jerusalem - Premier Christian Radio

The crucifixion of Jesus was marked in Jerusalem on Good Friday when thousands of Christians attended a service held at a church considered by some believers to be where Jesus died and was buried.

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@LeeStrobel just finished The Case for Miracles, a book that will be read again and passed along until the pages fall apart.

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Does the Old Testament Teach Resurrection Hope?

The Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation all proclaim the blessed hope of our Lord’s return to bring the dead back to life and, in doing so, defeat the last enemy—Death (1 Cor. 15:26). It might seem like resurrection is an exclusively New Testament hope. But it you grab this hope and pull, you’ll find it has roots leading you deep into the Old Testament. God has provided resurrection hope to his people from the beginning. Not everyone affirms resurrection hope in the Old Testament. The Sadducees denied it because they didn’t believe it was taught in the Pentateuch. But Jesus challenged them: “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. . . . As for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God?” (Matt. 22:29, 31). We need to read the Bible like Jesus did. He looked into the pages of the Old Testament and saw a God of life, whose power prevails over the grave. Bodily Resurrection The clearest Old Testament passage about a future bodily resurrection is Daniel 12:2: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

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Hugh Ross on Twitter

For the Sun facular emission and sunspot darkening are especially well-balanced. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aaaae3 … pic.twitter.com/gsxCKitWp4

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How the Baptism of Jesus Echoed the Future

The reports of Jesus’s baptism in the Gospels are straightforward: Jesus is baptized by John, the Spirit descends like a dove, the Father announces his pleasure. At the same time, these concise accounts are allusively dense portraits, effulgent with multi-layered Old Testament resonance. As we hear the echoes of Scripture in the baptism of Christ, as we swim in the biblical streams that converge in the Jordan River, we begin to appreciate this revelatory event that looks backward to God’s faithful acts in history as it points forward to Christ’s work at the cross. New Creation In Genesis 1, God forms creation through the waters of chaos as the Spirit hovers—birdlike—over the face of the deep, and God sees it is good. This same nexus of themes emerges, intensified, in the flood account of Genesis 6–9. Creation dies under the chaotic waters of divine judgment and rises again renewed, its blessed recreation confirmed by dove and divine word. Noah leads a remnant through the flood of wrath  and into the new creation, commissioned as head of a new humanity—a second Adam. Jesus too is covered by the waters of judgment.

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The Biggest 'Contradiction' in the Bible

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On the way to the cross 2,000 years ago, Jesus took the ultimate indignity and ultimate pain to bring us back to the dignity of a relationship with God and the healing of our souls. Will we remember this was done for us and receive His gift? http://bit.ly/2Gm8QC1  #GoodFriday

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What is good about Good Friday? Reflections on the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Christ @albertmohler #TheBriefing https://sbts.co/2GG3Iw8 

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Don’t Just ‘Prove’ The Resurrection. Talk About Why It Matters. - The Gospel Coalition | Australia

In my experience most Christians can’t answer this question very well. I suspect that the reason is that they have hardly ever heard it taught. One of the most common answers I’ve heard over the years is that Jesus rose ‘to prove that he is God’. But the Bible never identifies this as the reason, and there was surely ample proof already available for Jesus’ divinity given the number of miracles that he performed in his public ministry.

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Episode 458: Brian Houston // There is More: Living with Expectancy

On this episode of the Catalyst podcast, Tyler Reagin sits down with Brian Houston for a conversation about how we can achieve an enduring impact when we surrender our plans to God and trust that He will maximize the gifts he has given us for His Kingdom and His glory.

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Resurrection of Jesus - Answers to the Common Challenges

Here, Hume is assuming to know the intellect of people who claim to have seen miracles, that claims to the miraculous come from those without the background knowledge to differentiate between a natural and an unnatural act. The problem is, evidenced by ancient burial rituals, an understanding existed that the dead stay dead and the deceased were done with their bodies and to burn or bury them would have no consequence. It does not seem to take a contemporary intellect to know this, and in the case of the resurrection of Jesus, even his disciples had their reservations about His resurrection. Did the disciples not stand in awe when Jesus calmed the storm, recognizing no human thought or command can control the weather, thus realizing there is a deterministic factor in nature? (Mark 4:39) Even the miracles Jesus performed amazed his audience as much as the wisdom expressed in his teaching and they both authenticated each other. A resurrection simply did not fit with their expectations.

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Curious Evidence for the Claimed Resurrection of Jesus

In ancient Jerusalem, families often shared tombs where deceased family and friends were laid on stone shelves. Bodies were “wrapped in grave-cloths along with a significant amount of spices, to offset the smell of putrification, on the usual assumption that other shelves in the cave would be required soon.” [1] Then after a year, the family would return and “collect the bones, fold them reverently and carefully…and place them in an ossuary.” [2] This would count as the second burial and cleared tomb space for future burials.

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God provided evidence of multiple kinds

It is important for us to remember that God himself has provided the proof that he alone is the true God who knows past, present, and future. When Thomas demands to see Christ’s hands, Christ graciously offers them for Thomas to see and touch. Even so, Jesus tells us that while many saw him and touched him and believed, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). God doesn’t have to prove himself to us; but in his gracious and loving condescension to us, he provided evidence of multiple kinds, so that “you will believe that I am who I am” (John 13:19).

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Holy Saturday: Living in Limbo

I think of how the Psalmist said “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:15) By the word “secret” I assume this to be speaking about being made in the womb. Jesus did indeed descend into the lower parts of the earth by his conception in Mary. I trust also, that he being the light of the world, even before he was manifest in the flesh, he did indeed preach to sinners, those imprisoned by their deeds, even in the days of Noah. He certainly may have done something like that after his death on the cross, though I can’t seem to well imagine how that went, or would have gone. Maybe someone else knows and can explain that better than I. I was thinking about how people get 3 days and 3 nights from Friday to Sunday morning, and I considered the possibility that the counting of the 3 days and 3 nights might have began a bit sooner than from his death on the cross, if indeed it was Friday, and his resurrection was indeed on Sunday morning. I am just now considering that as a possibility.

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My new book The Case for Miracles features a powerful interview on the miracle of the resurrection with former atheist homicide detective J. Warner Wallace. Inspiring for this Easter weekend!

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The Final Week of Jesus: Saturday (April 4, AD 33)

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The Spring, Easter season is the perfect time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and the rational nature of the Christian worldview. - J. Warner Wallace http://bit.ly/2pQZdEA 

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As John and Ed proclaim on today's program, “The Lord is risen!” is not merely a statement of personal belief, it’s a public announcement of the most significant event in the history of the universe: The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the God-man. http://bit.ly/2E9CRDe  pic.twitter.com/weDFvbxiFT

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Chuck Todd on Twitter

I’m a bit hokey when it comes to “Good Friday.” I don’t mean disrespect to the religious aspect of the day, but I love the idea of reminding folks that any day can become “good,” all it takes is a little selflessness on our own part. Works EVERY time.

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Substitution Is Not a "Theory of the Atonement"

Is there more than one thing to say about the atonement? Absolutely. Are there a variety of implications and applications that can be drawn from the cross of Christ? Of course. But none of them make sense if Christ did not die in our place to assuage the wrath of God. Penal substitition is not a theory–one suggested idea that may or may not be true. Penal substitutionary atonement is the hope of sinners, the heart of the gospel, and the good news without which all other news regarding the cross is null and void.

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The Truth About Easter: Did The Disciples Lie About the Resurrection? | Cold Case Christianity

Don’t get me wrong, successful conspiracies occur every day. But if you think you know of one, it’s because it wasn’t successful. When conspiracies are successful, it’s because they involve a small number of incredibly close-knit participants who are in constant communication with one another for a very short period without any outside pressure. That wasn’t the case for the disciples. These men and women were either involved in the greatest (and most unlikely ) conspiracy of all time or were simply eyewitnesses who were telling the truth. For Christians celebrating Easter this year, the latter is by far the most reasonable conclusion .

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When Did Evangelical Christianity Begin?

Although many people associate evangelicalism with modern religious leaders like Billy Graham and Rick Warren, its roots can be traced back to the eighteenth century. In response to social, political, economic, and intellectual transformations that were transatlantic in scope, eighteenth-century Protestants throughout the Atlantic world gradually created a new kind of faith that we now call evangelicalism. The word itself was not new, and its roots stretch back to the Greek evangelion, meaning “gospel.” The sixteenth-century Protestant reformers used evangelical to emphasize their reliance on the gospel message they found in scripture.

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No One Will Take Your Joy from You: Why Jesus Had to Leave the Earth

You may be tempted to cry out, “Oh, that I could go back and see him as he was in the flesh!” But remember, you see more of him now by his Spirit in his word than the disciples did during his earthly life. And you will see him again. But not the way he was. His face will be “like the sun shining in full strength” (Revelation 1:16). Take heart from Peter’s words: “Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and glorified” (1 Peter 1:8–9). This is the joy that cannot be taken from you.

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Why does Easter’s date wander?

In the mid-1200's, an English Friar named Roger Bacon observed that the date of Easter, in addition to its prescribed wandering, was drifting farther and farther into the spring season. Astronomers now knew that the length of the solar year was closer to 365.242 days than to the 365.250 days assumed in the Julian calendar year. In 1,000 years, the Julian calendar counted 365,250 days, while in actuality, 365,242 solar days had elapsed. Bacon realized that each Julian year "overflowed" slightly into the next solar year, and that any given date was farther along in real time than the calendar would imply. The man-made calendar might say one thing, but nature's seasons were not fooled! Though the small mismatch caused a shift of only 11 minutes per year, this had accumulated—from Julius Ceasar's to Roger Bacon's day—into a troubling 9 days. Bacon's petitions to correct the drift went unheeded.

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Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?

In olden times the English people—for it did not seem fitting that I should speak of other nations' observance of the year and yet be silent about my own nation's—calculated their months according to the course of the Moon. Hence, after the manner of the Greeks and the Romans, [the months] take their name from the Moon, for the Moon is called mona and the month monath. The first month, which the Latins call January, is Giuli; February is called Solmonath; March Hrethmonath; April, Eosturmonath … Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated "Paschal month" and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.

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Ten Types of Churches That Need Revitalization

There are a number of reasons churches get into a situation where they need a turnaround. Part of leading a successful turnaround is knowing how a church ended up so close to death. Most churches start out with life because there was either a person or a team that had a vision of growing the kingdom of God. They don’t start out with the idea that they will be an insignificant part of their community.

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Why We Call the Worst Friday ‘Good’

God was at work, doing his greatest good in our most horrible evil. Over and in and beneath the spiraling evil of Judas, the Jewish leaders, Pilate, the people, and all forgiven sinners, God’s hand is steady, never to blame for evil, ever working it for our final good. As Peter would soon preach, Jesus was “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23). And as the early Christians would pray, “Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, [did] whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place” (Acts 4:27–28).

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Newsweek magazine is not always friendly to Christianity. Yet in a cover story almost 20 years ago, called "2000 Years of Jesus" (3/29/99), Kenneth Woodward wrote: "[N]early a third of the world's population claims to be his followers. But by any secular standard, Jesus is also the dominant figure of Western culture. Like the millennium itself, much of what we now think of as Western ideas, inventions and values finds its source of inspiration in the religion that worships God in his name. art and science, the self and society, politics and economics, marriage and the family, right and wrong, body and soul---all have been touched and often radically transformed by Christian influence."

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The Ascension of Jesus

Some suggest that the language of “captives” refers to enemies of God who have been taken against their will—a sort of subjugated death march. A better and more likely understanding is that the “captives” in view are those who were taken captive by the enemies of God, and it is these whom God has come to rescue. That would certainly fit the theme and flow of the psalm more closely, and it would carry the idea of God as not only divine warrior but also divine rescuer. More importantly, this view also seems to accord with what Paul says in Ephesians 4, where he quotes and expounds upon Psalm 68:18. There, Paul explains how Christ fulfills Psalm 68 not simply in His resurrection, but particularly through His ascension (Eph. 4:8–10). Christ conquered sin and death (our great enemies) and led out rescued captives, whom He has not only freed but furnished with gifts. Many have stumbled over the fact that in Psalm 68:18 it says that God “received” gifts from men, but in Ephesians 4:8 Paul says God “gave” gifts to men. Which is it? Both. Those whom God liberated not only gave gifts (themselves being the gifts), but they were also furnished by the Spirit of God with gifts for service in the church and thus became the “gifts” that the resurrected and ascended Christ would give to His church for its building up.

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Are the Gospels Historically Reliable?

Many events in ancient literature cannot be verified due to a lack of data. Moreover, the metanarrative in the Gospels is beyond the reach of historians. The metanarrative is that God’s uniquely divine Son has come into the world to save us and has since returned to heaven where he shares a throne with his Father and will return in the future to judge the world. This metanarrative, of course, cannot be confirmed by historians who simply do not have the tools capable of confirming such things. This doesn’t mean the metanarrative is false. But it does mean it cannot be HISTORICALLY confirmed.

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