Christians do not realize just how outrageously preposterous their Reanimation of Dead Human Tissue story is because this story has been a part of our culture for almost 2,000 years. Imagine being presented with the following claim, which similarly defies all scientific evidence:
A sect of Mayan villagers living in the highlands of Guatemala claim that two thousand years ago a Mayan man ate some magic beans which caused him to grow as tall as a mountain. The giant man then spoke with a voice as loud as thunder and with lightening shooting out of his mouth, telling the villagers that he was a god whom they should worship and giving them new religious laws to obey. The body of the giant man then transformed into a volcano, which to this day, erupts in fury whenever the villagers disobey the religious rules given to them by the giant god.
But wait, you haven’t listened to the evidence for this claim!
Question: Would you even bother listening to the “evidence” for this outrageous claim? Ask yourself: What evidence would it take for you to believe that magic beans can make a man grow as tall as a mountain and then transform into a lava-spewing volcano?
None, right? Why? Answer: It’s a silly, preposterous, science-defying claim.
“Not so fast!” say the Mayans. FIVE THOUSAND people witnessed this man turn into a giant, speak as loud as thunder, saw lightening shoot out of his mouth, and watched his body turn into a volcano. In addition, there are FOUR stelae which record this event, written by four different authors, written within decades of the event, each one written approximately ten years apart from one another, claiming that FIVE THOUSAND people witnessed this event! In addition, thousands of the members of this Mayan sect were persecuted, tortured mercilessly, and killed for their belief that they had seen with their own eyes, a man turn into a giant god, yet, the belief persisted and spread to other tribes and peoples, and has persisted to this very day.
Would you accept the eyewitness testimony of FIVE THOUSAND people? Would you believe that a man turned into a volcano based on this evidence?
I doubt it. Why? Answer: Because it is an outrageously preposterous claim that defies all scientific evidence. Overwhelming scientific evidence that such an event is impossible outweighs the testimony of multiple, even thousands, of alleged eyewitnesses.
So then, why should educated, modern men and women accept as historical fact the Christian Reanimation of Dead Human Tissue story which is just as outrageous and just as preposterous as the Mayan Man Turned into a Volcano story based on what we know from scientific evidence?
Answer: We shouldn’t!