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Why I Am Convinced the Resurrection Is an Historical Event

“He is risen!”

Empty-Tomb

I agree with Simon Greenleaf — a principal founder of Harvard Law School — who called the evidence for the resurrection more convincing than the evidence for the existence of any Caesar, pharaoh or king.  Here are his points:

  1. The empty tomb — It was historically documented that everyone saw it was empty.
  2. The martyrs  — Would The Twelve have been willing to die for something they knew was a lie?
  3. The new James – Jesus brother watched him all his life and only believed in him after the Resurrection.
  4. The new Saul – After experiencing the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus went from being a killer of Christians to an author of many letters in the New Testament.
  5. The new Peter – Before the resurrection, Peter denied Jesus when a slave girl asked him; after the resurrection he asked to be crucified upside down.

“He is risen indeed!”

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