Skeptics often express several reasons why they don’t believe, one of the first and foremost is the disbelief that Jesus actually rose from the grave. The argument is often made that the whole thing was just a con job, like so many charlatans claiming to be the messiah before and after him.
Ravi Zacharias is one of the most brilliant minds in the world today, and he also happens to be a Christian apologist. He addresses the resurrection by pointing to a key detail in the Jesus story that most people tend to brush over because they’ve heard it so many times.
The detail makes a compelling, even devastating, case against the con artist position:
“If Jesus were just posturing, pretending to be some messianic figure, do you know what he would’ve really said? ‘You kill me, and I will spiritually rise again.’ How do you falsify that? He said I will bodily rise again. The corporeal claim of a literal physical bodily resurrection made it theoretically possible to be falsifiable if it didn’t happen. I think that claim alone of Jesus Christ shows the legitimacy of where he was coming from, otherwise the whole thing would’ve literally died with his crucifixion. But, his resurrection changed history, ultimately conquered Rome, and the transformation of Saul of Tarsus to Paul, and the change of the apostle Thomas. Saul went west, Thomas went east. Remarkable transformation because of the evidence of the resurrection from the dead.”
Listen beginning at the 16:10 mark to hear the explanation, begin listening early for more:
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