Dear Christians: Can You Prove that Jesus is Still Alive?

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If Jesus is still alive, after two thousand years, what does he look like today?

Maybe the supernatural does exist.  We can’t prove it does not.  Maybe miracles do happen. A lot of people over thousands of years have claimed to have experienced a miracle, so maybe every once in a while, a real miracle does occur!

Maybe a miracle did happen one Sunday morning,  2,000 years ago in Jerusalem.  Maybe the lifeless, brain-dead body of Jesus of Nazareth did back to life and did appear to several individuals and groups over a period of days.

A miracle did happen!

But how does any of that prove that Jesus of Nazareth is alive today and that I and every other human being on the planet should worship him as our Creator?

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Dear Christians: Can You Prove that Jesus is Still Alive?

  1. A further question to anyone who’s interested, particularly Christians, who believe that we should worship Jesus.

    Let’s suppose that we are able to determine that Jesus is still alive, and is the creator of the universe (and humanity.) How do you get to “I should worship Jesus”? It seems to me that one needs something else in order to get to this conclusion, because it doesn’t seem to follow from the (possible) facts of his existence, and that he is the creator.

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    1. I believe that most Christians simply assume that the alleged sightings of Jesus after his death is sufficient proof that he is still alive today and that he is the Creator of the universe. I’d like to hear their explanations for this assumption.

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      1. I understand your question Gary, and I hope you don’t think I’m trying to hijack your post. Your original question was “[b]ut how does any of that prove that Jesus of Nazareth is alive today and that I and every other human being on the planet should worship him as our Creator?” Even if I was to grant that Jesus is alive today you would still need something more than his existence in order to get to “people ought to worship Jesus.”

        Part of the reason I brought this up is because there are a lot of fundamentalists who will bring the “you just don’t want to be accountable”, or whatever other nonsense they want to accuse me of, when I say I don’t find the evidence for God convincing. If I thought that God was real I would admit it, although I probably still wouldn’t worship Jesus (or whatever I thought God is.)

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    2. You wrote: It seems to me that one needs something else in order to get to this conclusion

      They have the B.I.B.L.E., doncha’ know? That all-true, never-to-be-debated, several-thousand year old book that contains “all true” stories that were shared among friends and neighbors over the backyard fence.

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  2. ‘We cannot prove the supernatural exists’. This statement troubles me, Gary; it gives away too much to those who believe in a realm of beings that exist beyond reality but who occasionally interfere in it.

    You’re right of course that it’s impossible to prove a negative, but then we don’t have to. It is up to those who claim the supernatural exists to present, or at the very least point us towards, the evidence for it. This they have failed to do for at least the last two thousand years.

    At the same time, all the evidence from science – physics, astronomy, biology and psychology – hasn’t produced a single explanation that depends on, or even requires, the supernatural. If the supernatural isn’t needed to explain anything, and in the absence of any credible evidence for it, we can safely say, on the basis of probability, that the supernatural does not exist. This isn’t the same as ‘proving’ it doesn’t exist, of course, but, as I’ve said, we don’t need to do that; we can rely on the probabilty that it does not.

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    1. The reason that I am conceding the possible existence of the supernatural is to get directly to the question of the post: “How do you know, Christian friend, that Jesus is alive TODAY.” I believe that the only answer they can give is: “I know that Jesus is alive today because of my personal experiences and perceptions of him active in my life.” That is where I want to start the discussion. How reliable are subjective experiences and perceptions as evidence of the existence of an invisible, mute being??

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