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What Is The
Evidence For Life After Death?
there is life after death. How do we know that is true? The best
way would be if someone had died and then returned to tell us about
it. Has this ever happened?
We could look
at near death experiences. People have died and some have experienced
heaven and others have experienced hell. They've then been revived
and have talked about their experiences. I'd like to write about
these experiences some day, but there is a better eyewitness who
has died and then come back to tell us about it. Jesus Christ.
If you wish
you can claim there never was a person named Jesus. You can claim
that Jesus was a man, maybe a great teacher, but he was never crucified.
You can claim that Jesus was crucified, but he did not rise from
the dead. But in every case you'd be arguing against the evidence.
You'd be trying to use a blind faith to replace hard, historical
A Real Person
There is more
historical evidence that Jesus existed than we have for the existence
of any other person in ancient times. Even atheist scholars admit
that Jesus was a real person.
evidence is also very strong that Jesus was crucified. Again even
atheist scholars admit he was crucified.
From The Dead
In Jesus we
have someone who lived. Who was crucified and died. There is no
question that he died--the Romans were experts at crucifixion. Then
he rose from the dead and for the next forty days he visited with,
spoke with, eat with and interacted with people--including in one
case 500 people at one time. Those people could see that he really
was the Jesus who was crucified. They could see and touch the nail
holes in his hands and feet, and even put their hands into the wound
in his side made by the spear.
If I were starting
a new religion and I wanted everyone to believe in me and follow
me, I think the best thing I could do would be to fake my death
and then claim I rose from the dead. Wow! That would really pack
them into my churches, won't it? Why hasn't anyone done this? No
one in all of history has tried this. Why?
a death and resurrection is impossible to do.
you'd have to do:
your death in such a way that it was obvious you were dead. This
would have to be done in a public manner so everyone could see that
you were dead. This would have to be done in a way that resulted
in death 100% of the time, so there would be no question you were
dead. This should best be done in a way that involve horrible suffering,
such that it was known that no sane person would willing subject
himself to that kind of excruciating painful experience. A public
crucifixion, including a spear thrust into your chest, meets all
of these requirements.
body would have to be placed in a location where there would be
no possibility of a medical team treating and reviving you. It must
be a location in which no aid is possible, and in which there is
nothing you could use to help yourself. The best option would be
a sealed room that can't be opened from the inside, so there is
no way you could get out. A good location would be a cave with only
one entrance (a tomb), that is sealed by a heavy stone and watched
by armed guards. And one other thing, should the guards fall asleep
or somehow let you escape, they face the death penalty. (That'll
keep them alert.)
some time has passed you'll need someone to get rid of the guards--chase
them off without harming them--open the tomb and take you out without
anyone noticing. You'll then need some very sophisticated emergency
care such that during the evening of that same day you can be walking
around normally and join your disciples for a surprise visit in
a locked room. How you get into that locked room is your problem.
This is what
Jesus did. Of all the other religions in the world, no other founder
of a religion has died and come back. Not Buddah. Not Mohammed.
No other religion has even claimed their founder has died and come
back--not thousands of years ago and not today. You can't fake this.
Last year my
wife had a histerectomy. She wasn't kept up all night, beaten and
dragged from place to place. She wasn't scurged with 39 lashes from
a barbed whip. She wasn't nailed hand and foot and left hanging
on a cross. She wasn't stabbed in the side with a spear. She wasn't
put in a cold, dark cave. She had the best modern technology could
give her to make her recovery as quick as possible. She was still
in the hospital for three days, and in bed at home after that.
Jesus did live,
die and return. He is our evidence that there is life after death.
In the Bible Jesus tells about life after death, and then he showed
evidence shows us that Jesus rose from the dead. But, this is a
historical fact some chose not to believe because it requires they
also accept the God of the Bible. To discuss all of the historical
evidence would require writing a book. So I refer you to two excellent
Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell and The
Case For Christ by Lee Strobel
there is nothing after death is a blind faith. There is no evidence
on which to base that belief. The Christian belief in life after
death is not blind faith, it is a faith based on historical evidence.
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