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Evidence for the Resurrection - by Josh McDowell
For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can't be discounted.
A student at the University of Uruguay said to me. "Professor McDowell, why can't you refute Christianity?"
"For a very simple reason," I answered. "I am not able to explain away an event in history--the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
How can we explain the empty tomb? Can it possibly be accounted for by any natural cause?
A QUESTION OF HISTORY
After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings--or it is the most remarkable fact of history.
Here are some of the facts relevant to the resurrection: Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish prophet who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead and that He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven.
From that foundation, Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire and has continued to exert great influence down through the centuries.
“Being a Christian since I was only eight, I had no idea that the world was so hostile towards those who pledged faith in Christ. I also had no idea that so many people believed in evolution and called themselves ‘atheist’. When I entered high school, I was challenged everyday in every way imaginable.
The way you look at everything is about to change!
Are you banking everything on evolution? Do you find that many of your life assumptions and decisions are built on the foundation of evolution as scientific fact? Prepare to take a powerful second-look that may just change everything about how you have viewed life and the world around you.
Sunday, October 11th, there was a mini "Ministry Fair" at Atonement at 10am! Following our recent study on Spiritual Gifts, this was a special opportunity to see the variety of ways that ones can plug in and serve as a member of the team! If you missed it, ask Pastor for the ministry list and survey! It is specially formatted to line up with spiritual gifts! Don't miss this awesome opportunity! God made us to all work together as a body and we will only be effective if we follow His design! Don't miss it!