When confronted with the skeptic argument against the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth… that dead human beings do not and cannot walk out of their graves with transformed, superhero-like bodies…Christians will often respond with generalizations and assumptions about the thinking and behavior of middle-eastern peoples living twenty centuries ago! One such argument is that there is no good explanation for the rise of the early Christian Church other than the Resurrection Story as detailed in the four Gospels.
Christians often challenge me to debate them on the evidence for this claim, but there is really no need to debate this point. It is very simple to resolve. There is only one question we need to ask ourselves:
Which is more likely?
1. An improbable, but, still natural explanation, such as that all the supernatural claims of the Gospels, including the bodily resurrection of Jesus, developed over several decades as legends, giving rise to the early Church.
2. The decomposing body of a first century dead man was reanimated by an ancient Hebrew god, walked out of his tomb, ate broiled fish with his former fishing buddies, and later levitated into outer space.
Dear Reader: No matter how unlikely Christians may believe it is for a legend to develop in a period of 20-40 years, the statistical probability for it being the explanation for the rise of the Christian Church is still much, much greater than the supernatural explanation that an invisible middle-eastern deity reanimated dead human tissue in the first century!
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