The Facts about the Resurrection: Dead Human Tissue Cannot be Regenerated

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.

Preposterous, right?

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!

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7 thoughts on “The Facts about the Resurrection: Dead Human Tissue Cannot be Regenerated

  1. ah, argument from incredulity.

    first of all, it seems that you don’t understand what a miracle is. it is an outrageous claim, and should defy scientific scope, since that is what a miracle is.

    Secondly, it’s also a straw-man. we don’t believe that Jesus was reanimated, but raised with a glorious body. the claim is even more preposterous than you seem to understand.

    which is strange. a self-professed former ardent bible- believing christian should have a better grasp of what he doesn’t believe any more.

    dunno if there’s any interest, but let me run it through this way: since the fact of the universe’s beginning, the fine tuning of said universe, the moral-argument (unless you believe rape might not always be wrong) and other evidences make the existence of God far more likely than unlikely, Jesus’ resurrection is plausible, as a one-time miracle. (no problem with God raising someone from the dead.)

    and since all the evidence, comparing apples with apples, indicates that the New Testament is historically reliable, and all other accounts of the historical emergence of the church have to dismiss the historical accounts collected in the New Testament (at least 9 authors confirming the events, more the more authors you think had a hand in writing it), plus we have non-Christia sources corroborating the testimony of the 9 (or more) authors…

    It seems more rational to me to believe the historic accounts grounded in a rationally theistic universe, than to dismiss all the scientific, philosophic and historic evidence.

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    1. Did the cells of the dead Jesus come back to life? If not, Jesus did not “come back from the dead”. If the original cells of Jesus body did not come back to life (regeneration), a supernatural being took possession of the dead body and made that body perform supernatural acts. The body itself was not alive in any human sense.

      zombie: the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body

      Zombies do not exist, except in Science-Fiction movies and ancient tall tales.

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    2. “since the fact of the universe’s beginning, the fine tuning of said universe, the moral-argument (unless you believe rape might not always be wrong) and other evidences make the existence of God far more likely than unlikely”

      The origin of the universe is still unknown. The experts admit that it is possible the universe was created by intelligent design. But you are assuming that evidence for a creator is automatically evidence for Yahweh/Jesus the Resurrected and Eternal Lord. I challenge you to prove that assumption.

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    3. You’re wrong, Liam. This is not an argument from incredulity. It is an argument from evidence; the evidence that, as the title of the post says, dead human tissue cannot regenerate. That’s a fact borne out by the evidence; of all the billions of humans that have ever lived none has resurrected from the dead.

      You want to claim your man Jesus did after 36 hours in the grave? Then produce the evidence – not just hearsay, reports of visions or stories made up long after the supposed event – but evidence.

      That’s right, you can’t. All the evidence, every jot and tittle, tell us that when humans (and all other animlas) die, they cease to exist and their body begins immediately to decompose. It’s one way trip, even for you.

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    4. “all the evidence, comparing apples with apples, indicates that the New Testament is historically reliable, and all other accounts of the historical emergence of the church have to dismiss the historical accounts collected in the New Testament (at least 9 authors confirming the events, more the more authors you think had a hand in writing it), plus we have non-Christia sources corroborating the testimony of the 9 (or more) authors…”

      In what way has the New Testament been proven historically reliable? Yes, it is true that the biblical claim that the Romans ruled Palestine at the time of Jesus is historically correct. That Pilate was the ruler of Judea is historically correct. That Herod ruled Galilee is historically correct. The name of the high priest is historically correct. But has the biblical story of Jesus’ triumphal entry in Jerusalem been proven? No. Has the biblical story of Pilate’s hand-wringing and indecision at the trial of Jesus been proven? No. Has the existence of Barrabas been proven? Have the sayings of Jesus on the cross been proven? No. Have the earthquakes and three hour eclipses been proven? No. Have the presence of angels at the tomb of Jesus been proven? Has the levitation of Jesus into heaven been proven??? No.

      Just because some parts of a story are historically accurate, does not mean that all parts of the story are historically accurate. If we applied your logic to Homer’s Iliad, we would be forced to believe in Cyclops and demi-gods.

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    5. “It seems more rational to me to believe the historic accounts grounded in a rationally theistic universe, than to dismiss all the scientific, philosophic and historic evidence.”

      It seems much more rational to me to believe that at this point in human history, we do not know the origin of the universe. It is possible that the universe was created by an intelligent designer, but the top experts in the field state that there are other possible explanation for the origin of our universe.

      Many times throughtout human history, humans have attributed events in nature which they did not understand to the act of a god, only to find out through science that there is a very natural cause for that event. The same may be true with the origin of the universe. I suggest that instead of jumping to the old assumption that “a god did it”, we continue to gather and examine the evidence before reaching a conclusion.

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