Alberta Atheism Theism Deity Bible Part Four

 

The bible has proven to be a reliable and inspired book for hundreds of years, for billions of people everywhere . It has given the only accurate information about God himself and how he views his creation and the human race in particular.

After Jesus ascended to heaven the bible records that the gospel message was preached everywhere as he had directed. As the number of Christians grew and they gathered to worship, there was a need for leaders to teach about the new faith. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection a new covenant was established to replace the old. This New Covenant needed to be taught to new converts and the written manuscripts played an important role.

The initial leaders were the early apostles and those they had mentored. Some of them   wrote letters which were circulated among the churches. As time progressed the doctrines of the church were established. Christian history seems to suggest that these writings began to form the New Testament by the year 200 A.D.. These letters were given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. No one particular person decided what should be included in the bible, but rather various church leaders and those who attended church councils.

When Constantine became Emperor he wanted better control of his Empire. There was friction and disagreements from some Christian leaders, so to solve this problem he called what is known as the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. The Church called another council in 397 A.D.,the Council of Carthage, and it was at this council that determined what books would be included in the bible and is the bible we have today.

Once the Canon was closed in 397 A.D. no new writings, or thoughts could become part of the New Testament. Since then there have been many translations of the New Testament, slightly different from one another because of language, culture, country and ruler preference, but what is important is that the doctrines in all the different translations, right to our present day, have remained the same. This is witness to the care that was taken by scribes and modern-day scholars to maintain the integrity of the Christian scriptures.

The Old Testament was originally written on leather or papyrus beginning with the time of Moses and through to the time of Malachi. The oldest copy of the Old Testament was about 900 AD until the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Qumran area, some seven miles south of Jericho and fairly near the Dead Sea. In 1947 a Bedouin shepherd was in search of his animal. While doing so he threw a little rock into a cave and heard a tinkling sound, so investigated. Inside he found a number of containers with scrolls in them.

Archaeologically this was a notable discovery because part of it was a complete manuscript of the book of Isaiah. It was dated back to about 300 B.C. to 70 A.D. When the newly found Isaiah manuscript was compared to the oldest Isaiah, in the 900 A.D. Old Testament, there were no differences or errors. This is important because it shows how carefully the scribes had copied one manuscript from another. This, one can conclude would also be true for the entire Old Testament and the New Testament. Further, this refutes the claims of critics that the bible has errors in it, is not inspired, and is not God’s word.  Christian scriptures alone explain that Jesus’ death and resurrection can lead to eternal life if we ask for forgiveness of our sins.

You can see the caves where manuscripts were discovered by entering,  “Qumran Caves”.

In the same area where the caves are located there was a settlement of religious people called the Essenes. Historians say that in 70 A.D. a Roman army was about to invade their territory, so in order to protect their many religious manuscripts, they hid them in the caves where they were preserved for hundreds of years, and  now have become very important for bible scholars and historians. See, ‘Essenes Settlement Image’ in your computer.

The Israeli government has built a museum in Jerusalem where the recently discovered  Isaiah manuscripts are on display. The humidity in the museum is carefully controlled because the manuscripts are fragile. Water is sprayed on the roof to maintain the humidity inside at a certain level. The manuscript, as stated above, is not different from any other Isaiah manuscript. Obviously the scribes took great care as they copied manuscripts.  This manuscript is viewable if you enter in your computer,  ‘Isaiah Manuscript Museum Images’.

The manuscripts from the past and those most recent are in agreement. However some bible scholars suggest that Mark 16:9-20 may have been added to the original. If it was added later it is of little consequence because it does not change any doctrines.

Critics of the bible say you can’t trust the bible because in it are contradictions. Evidence, however, does not support this accusation. An author, John W. Haley, authored a book  “Alleged discrepancies of the Bible,” many years ago. Another more recent book  is by Archer Gleason, in “Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties”.  Currently there are writers on the internet who have addressed this issue and show that these ‘contradictions’ are not a problem as suggested by critics. On the web see the following sites.  “101 ‘Cleared- up’ Contradictions in the Bible,” by Jay Smith, Alex Chowdhry, Toby Jepsen, James Schaeffer and edited by Craig Winn.   “101 ‘Contradictions’ in the Bible,” by Mathew Elton.   “What Do the Scriptures Say?,” by Mike Scott.  Of course there are other books and websites that also address this question.

Information from the past, and present, tells about the significance of the bible. In some  countries where Christianity is forbidden and ridiculed, people have no hope for the present or the future. They wonder why they are here and what will happen to them when they die. No hope is found in the Communist Manifesto, the Human Manifestos, the Atheist Bible or the Satanic Bible. The only bible that offers hope is the Christian bible because it tells of Jesus birth, death and resurrection.

Wherever you are in the world, God knows where you are. You can ask God to forgive  your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and friend.  The bible says, “…. there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved.” (Acts 4 :12). The bible also says, “Most assuredly, I say to you he who believes in Me has everlasting life”. (John 6: 47). That person, of course, Is Jesus.

The bible is reliable. It was inspired when it was first written and it is still inspired today when you read it.

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Alberta Atheism Theism Deity Bible Part Three

This blog is the third in a series about the bible and how the bible proves that God exists.  Prophecy in the Christian scriptures provides valid evidence.

There is a prophecy in the scriptures about a Persian king, Cyrus the Great. Before Cyrus is considered, some historical facts are needed to provide background information.

The Jewish people in Judah and Jerusalem had frequently been warned by God, through his prophets, that they should be careful not to rebel against him. Certainly one of the big issues with God was that the Jews  Continue reading

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Alberta Atheism Theism Deity Bible Part Two

The bible provides valid evidence that there is a Supreme Being, who is God of our world and the universe. If there is no God there would be no Old Testament and New Testament that make up the Christian scriptures.

In the previous blog it was stated that there are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament that were fulfilled when Jesus came to our earth. As in the last blog, it is suggested that you enter into your computer,  “353 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ”, to see where these prophecies in the bible can be found and studied. To show that these prophecies are valid and factual, and recorded in the bible, another author’s work can also be consulted. Go to,  “Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus”.

In total there are over 2000 prophecies in the bible as they pertain to ancient nations and particularly to the nation of Israel who so often seemed to forget her God. What is recorded in the bible is historically accurate, as are the prophecies, even more so as biblical scholarship continues. None of the prophecies and their fulfillment came about by happenstance. The predictions were given to certain people, chosen by God, as prophets, who then conveyed the messages to the leaders of nations and Israel in particular.

At this point, the question may arise as to how the prophets received the messages that were to be passed on to those who were in positions of leadership.  If you are a non believer you likely reject the belief that God exists and believe that there are no incorporeal  beings. However, the scriptures do tell how the prophecies were given. These were conveyed by the Holy Spirit to prophets such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Moses, Hosea, Daniel, Jeremiah and others. God conveyed his messages in different ways. God spoke with an audible voice to Abraham, (Genesis 15:18). Through an angel, (Revelation (2:1-3). By writing on a wall, (Daniel 5:5). By dreams and visions, (Numbers 12:6). By miracles (Acts 2:22), and by impressions on the mind.  Unfortunately, the Israelite kings paid no attention to the prophets and seemed to forget, that in the distant past, God had led them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea by a series of great miracles.

The bible contains information that of 12 kings of Israel, only 2 took note of what God was asking them to do. In the bible, in the book of Judges, is recorded the sort of warnings God issued to his people through his prophets. However, the people did not respond to the warnings. For example, it is recorded: “And they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, ….They went after other gods of the people round about them and bowed down to them and provoked the Lord to anger.” (Judges 2:12) (Amplified Bible).

The Christian scriptures provide a record of the greatness of God. It tells us that he was involved at the very beginning of the universe, our planet included. Also, it tells us that he created all the incorporeal beings that exist. One such being, Lucifer, rebelled and with a host of his followers, evil angels, caused evil to be introduced into God’s creation. He caused man to sin and as a result God sent his son to be born of a virgin, to die and resurrect, so that we need not perish but can have eternal life.(John 3:16). The many prophecies referred to above, in the second paragraph, are predictions that God made through his prophets that a change was coming. At one time there was a sacrificial system to deal with the sin issue, but that was to change. The Lord, through Isaiah the prophet, said “…I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.” (Isaiah 1:11) (English Standard Version). And, of course, as prophesied, that change came through Jesus Christ.

If you are a nonbeliever I would simply ask that you consider the prophecies and give some thought as to whether they were just accidental statements or could they have originated from a God who was, and still is, involved in all that exists including our own lives.

The bible says, ” To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

God welcomes you to become one of his children. If you care to, you can ask him to forgive your sins and come into your heart. You can talk to him as to a friend.

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Alberta Atheism Theism Deity Bible Part One

Many who embrace atheism maintain that the bible is of little value. However, if the christian scriptures are carefully studied there is proof for the existence of a Supreme Being and that is what this blog is mainly about.

An integral part of the bible are prophecies proclaimed by Old Testament prophets hundreds of years ago. This is a big and complex topic so only certain prophecies will be mentioned appropriate for this blog. Those who have counted the prophecies in the bible say there are over 2000 but for this blog reference will be made to only 300. Information will be given where you can find them.

Perhaps there are some readers who are not particularly acquainted with the bible so some additional information may prove helpful. The bible was written between 1500 BC and 100 AD. It was not written by one individual but by many over the centuries. Each  small portion of the bible is called a “book” and in many cases named after the author. The original books , of course, were not written in our current languages but in a language determined initially by the language and location of the author, probably Hebrew or Greek. Since then both the Old Testament and the New Testament have been translated into most of the current languages worldwide.

The bible used by those of the Catholic faith has 46 books in the OT and 27 in the NT. The Protestant bible is composed of 39 books in the OT and 27 in the NT. The difference probably is of minor consequence. Those of the Jewish faith also use the OT.

In the book of Isaiah 46:9-10, Jehovah said,”….I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come”.  I say: “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (NIV). If you adhere to atheism one can imagine your thoughts here because you probably don’t believe that God exists. Further, you probably don’t believe that anything incorporeal exists. But read a little further.

According to the scriptures, after Adam and Eve were deceived God showed his sufficiency to rescue the human race he created. This was done by implementing a plan that began with Abraham and the Israelite nation. It is stated, He chose it, a little weak nation, to begin to carry out His plan. Through Israel the lineage was found that would allow God’s son to come to earth to provide salvation for those who wanted it.This, during Old Testament times was not well understood and even today there seem to be many who do not believe the bible which says that Jesus exists and has come to provide salvation.

The Israelites at times would drift away from their relationships with God and he would warn them through his prophets that this would bring them serious consequences.The history recorded in the bible tells of their many defeats by other nations and how they were removed from their own country to live under the jurisdiction of other nations. People today can also loose their relationship with God, but it is a good idea to renew this relationship and it is available if sought.

Eventually the time came 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, died and resurrected to provide an escape from the prison that Satan had created. This freedom applies to people for today and for those yet to come.

If you are a non-believer you are probably thinking, “Where are all the prophecies, the evidence, referred to in this blog?”  God spoke through his prophets many times, during Old Testament times, that he would send a saviour who would undo the negative consequences generated by the fall of earth’s earliest humans. You can see these prophecies listed by those who have thoroughly researched this. If you enter into your computer,  “353 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ”, you will find them listed for your viewing.

Three hundred on target prophecies cannot be just some kind of good luck or accident. Continue reading

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Alberta Atheism Theism Miracles Deity Antony Flew

Antony Flew was one of the world’s preeminent atheists who in 2001 announced that he no longer embraced atheism, but believed in the existence of a God.

Many will not have heard of Antony Flew. Flew was born in 1923 and died in 2010. Younger people may not have heard of him and many of the older generation perhaps are not aware of his change regarding atheism.

Flew grew up in a religious environment, as his father was a Methodist minister. He records this in his book,  ‘There is (no) a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind’. He states on page 15, “…. by the time I reached my fifteenth birthday I rejected the thesis that the universe was created by an all-good, all-powerful God.”

He goes on to say, “One might well ask if I never thought to consult my clergyman father about my doubts regarding the existence of God. …. I tried for as long as I could to conceal from everyone at my home my irreligious conversion.” (Flew p.16.)

As time progressed Antony studied to become a philosopher and during his lifetime taught philosophy in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Also, he became a prolific writer authoring over 30 books and numerous papers and debated many theists. In 1985 during a series of debates he met two  Christian philosophers, one of them being Garry Habermas from Liberty University, which grew into a friendship. For years he said there was not enough evidence to believe that a God existed, but he slowly changed his mind.

Flew’s interests were many and varied such as ethics, logic  education, psychic phenomena, and an expert on the philosophy of David Hume and his belief about miracles. He wrote a book,  ‘Merely Mortal: Can You Survive Your own Death?’  His answer it seems was “No”. The problem, it seems for those who hold to atheism, is the belief that there can be no incorporeal existence. But in the christian scriptures it speaks of a natural body and a spiritual body, in 1 Corinthians 15:44.  And spirit, soul and body in 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

Antony, in the last of his public debates, at a symposium at New York University, in 2004, announced that he accepted the existence of a God. (Flew p.74).  When asked whether new information in science had caused him to think differently he responded, “Yes I now think it does….almost entirely because of the DNA investigation…It has been shown by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce life that intelligence must have been involved.” In short, he no longer was an atheist.

In 2004 Flew declared his belief as deism. Deists deny the divinity of Jesus and picture God as uncaring and not interfering with his creation. Many people, if asked whether they believe in God say, “I  don’t believe in God, but there might be ‘Something'”. Deism and the belief in Something is rather nebulous and has nothing positive to offer. But God does care about his creation, humans included. The christian scriptures say, “What is your life? You are like a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes,” (James 4:14). In other words, we all will die some day. But the good news is that John 3:16, explains that if we accept Jesus, that is, ask for forgiveness, we become friends with him now and forever.

You can ask for his forgiveness now and ask him to become part of your life.

Flew said in,  ‘There is a God’,    “I have said in some of my later atheist writings that I reached the conclusion about the nonexistence of God much too quickly, much too easily, and for what later seemed to me the wrong reasons. (Flew p.12). If you are someone who is searching for information about the existence or nonexistence of God you would find Flew’s book very useful.

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Alberta Atheism Theism Miracles David Hume

David Hume was a Scottish philosopher well known for his philosophical empiricism and his views about miracles. He was born in 1711 and died in 1776. Although his views were recorded over 200 hundred years ago, when the question of miracles is addressed today, philosophers still rally around his perspective.

Hume was a sceptic and probably an atheist and denied that miracles ever took place in history. The really big issue, of course, for everyone when thinking about miracles is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, because that is the biggest of miracles. Hume did not believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead and also felt the early christians could not be believed, so there was no proof that God existed.

The biggest question, of course, is whether God exists

As a philosopher Hume undoubtedly has influenced millions. He believed that everything that happened in our world did so according to “the  law of  nature” and, if there was a god he could not work a miracle because he could not transgress this law of nature. Further, he argued that if someone reported a miracle then that individual was mistaken, delusional or lying for some reason. He never did say what he would conclude if he saw a miracle happen.

David Hume was proud of his arguments against the  belief in miracles and so in effect against the belief in a supreme being. He said in his publication,   ‘Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding’, “I flatter myself, that I have discovered an argument of a like nature, which, if just, will , with the wise and learned, be an everlasting check to all kinds  of superstitions, delusions, and consequently, will be useful as long as the world endures.”

No one in our modern society would accept what in the philosophical, scientific or religious sphere is clearly spurious, and if it is, it should be identified as such. This blog is not about many happenings that people might call miraculous, but is restricted to physical miracles or healings which happen to people through the actions of  God as described in the christian scriptures.

In Hume’s argument against miracles every objection always refers to someone else, who supposedly is deluded, mistaken, or lying. Nowhere in the his writings does one find information that says that he personally went to the person who claimed a healing/miracle to determine the validity of such a claim. In the literature of today the same holds true. One needs to ask if you are agnostic or atheist why not go to the people directly involved and ask questions? And don’t just go to one such person but several. Are you afraid you might find evidence that is contrary to you current belief. All you need to do is find one genuine healing/miracle to prove that God exists. And that can change your life.

Much is said about finding evidence. History  provides ample evidence in regard to miracle/healings. On occasion a claim may not be genuine, however, written records show that God has often helped those who revered him.

Below is information that shows that miracle/healings have occurred over the centuries.

  •  The Old Testament to the New Testament, 16 recorded instances.
  •  The New Testament, 40 recorded instances.
  •   The Patristic Church Fathers. 50 AD – 600 AD. See web,  ‘Patristic Fathers’.
  •   Medieval Period. 600 – 1400, See web,  ‘The Voice of Healing’.
  •   Reformation Period. 1400 – 1700, See Web,  ‘The Voice of  Healing’.
  •   1700 – 1800,  Cornelius Jansen,  John Wesley,  See Web, ‘The Voice of Healing’.
  •    1900+, Emily Gardiner Neal. See Web,  ‘1988 Wheaton College Archives’.
  •    1900+, Fr. McAlear, See Web,  ‘The Finger of God for Healing, Catholic Online’.
  •     1900+,   See Web, ‘Smith Wigglesworth, Evangelical’.
  •     1900+, Francis Mcnutt, See Web, ‘Christian Healing  Ministry’.
  •     And there are many others.

In the New Testament, Mathew 10:8, Jesus told his followers to heal the sick. Since then a good number have been doing so, in different times, different places, and even in different ways.

If you are an unbeliever you can research this topic more intensely and come to understand and accept the truth that healing is possible because of Jesus’ death on the cross. Ultimately, you will decide whether David Hume’s view of miracles is valid, or if Jesus’ view is valid.

David Hume is buried in a tomb in Scotland which you can see if you search,  ‘David Hume, Tomb’. He died some 250 years ago. On the other hand Jesus died about 2000 years ago but he needed no permanent tomb because he was resurrected from the dead.

In Revelation  (King James 2000 Bible) Jesus said, “I am he that lives, and was dead: and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen: and have the keys of hades and of death.

Jesus also said, in Mathew 11:28, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” You can, if you want, do that today.

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Alberta Atheism Theism Deity Jesus Myth Archeology Part Four

In recent years archaeologists have uncovered many tombs in Israel, particularly around Jerusalem. One tomb in particular termed,  ‘The Family Tomb of Jesus’, has created a great deal of controversy. In 1980 a construction crew uncovered a tomb in the Talpiot suburb of Jerusalem. Some have claimed that this tomb is where Jesus and family members were buried. The main contention by many is that Jesus was buried in this tomb and was not resurrected. In other words, he decayed in the dirt of the earth for the last 2000 years.

Because many reader may not know about ossuaries and tombs, which were common in the Middle East 2000 years ago, some background information may be helpful.

After people died they were placed in a tomb for a year, assuming they could afford one. After a year when the flesh had decayed, the bones were placed into a bone box called an ossuary. The box was carved of limestone, common in the area, to fit the size of the bones of the deceased. The ossuary containing the bones was placed in a tomb which usually was a man made cave. As you will see not everyone was placed in such a tomb.  However, one archaeologist has stated that he knew of 900 tombs in the Jerusalem area. Sometimes the name of the person in the ossuary was inscribed on the outside. If you care to see what ossuaries look like go to Google and enter, ‘Ossuaries Around Jerusalem’ and once there click on, ‘images’.

Now back to the Talpiot Tomb uncovered in the Talpiot area of Jerusalem. When the tomb was uncovered by a contractor, hoping to build there, Israeli archaeologists were contacted who then investigated the tomb. In the tomb they found 10 ossuaries, six of the ten had inscriptions on them. According to one source about 17 skeletons were in the ossuaries and another 18 were lying about elsewhere in the tomb. A good number of the bones were damaged and deteriorated.(See Dr. Craig Evans, ‘The Tomb of Jesus and Family’).

The ossuaries and bones were taken by Israeli officials .The contents of the ossuaries were removed and probably reburied. The ossuaries are now stored in a warehouse which holds many other ossuaries.

In 2007 a documentary prepared by two gentlemen, namely Jacobovici and Cameron, was aired on TV and caused a great deal of debate on the part of Christians and non-Christians alike. In short the TV program maintained that Jesus and his family were buried in the Talpiot Tomb, based on the names inscribed on the side of the ossuaries. One scenario laid out by some non- believers which is totally contrary to what the Christian scriptures say, is as follows. After Jesus died he was placed in a tomb. At night Jesus was removed by his followers and taken to the family tomb. This would have been the Talpiot family tomb. Jesus body would have been left there for his flesh to decay. After a year disciples and followers returned and placed his bones in an ossuary.

The names on the ossuaries were, ‘Jesus?,son of Joseph’; Mariamne Mara’; ‘Maria’; ‘Matia’;’ Judah, son of Jesus’ and ‘Joseh’.Some archaeologists and other experts have opinions that differ from those who produced the TV documentary, and some of their differing views are briefly stated in the paragraphs below.

The names that appear on the ossuaries don’t prove much because the names were very common at the time of Jesus. An ossuary inscribed ‘Jesus son of Joseph’ had been found elsewhere before.  One expert has said that the inscription ‘Jesus’ is not clearly inscribed and could read ‘Hanun’and not ‘Jesus’. That being the case it would negate everything believed about the Jesus family tomb.

Jesus’ family lived in Nazareth and if they were to have a family tomb it would not likely have been in the Talipot area.

A DNA test was conducted with what little material remained in the ossuaries which belonged to ‘Jesus’and ‘Mariamne Mara’ (Marymagdalene ?). The test showed they were not genetically related, so gave rise to the idea that they  were married and had a son named Judas. That, of course, is a very questionable assumption. Furthermore, Judas would have been an unlikely choice for a son’s name given that it was the name of the disciple that betrayed Jesus.

There is some disagreement about the name and meaning of ‘Mariamne Mara’. One observer suggested that perhaps there were two ladies in one ossuary.

The name ‘Matia’ translated is Mathew. Jesus had brothers and sisters, mentioned in the bible, but a sibling named Mathew is not to be found. If he was not a relative then how did he end up in the family tomb?

What about the ossuaries that had no inscribed names? Furthermore, what about the skeletons and crushed bones that were not in ossuaries but found elsewhere in the tomb? Who were they and how did they get there? If all the bones in ossuaries and those not in ossuaries had been tested for DNA then the question about the tomb being a family tomb would have been resolved. However, it still would not have proven that the tomb belonged to the family of Jesus of Nazareth.

One report stated that there was a substantial amount of soil in the Talpiot Tomb. Also, there was evidence that the tomb had been entered by grave robbers so material likely was moved about. The tombs in the area in question have been there for many hundreds of years, so there was ample time for tombs to be vandalized. This makes coming to a valid conclusion, about the Talipot ossuaries, based on science, virtually impossible. However, there is another source of information which is different and reliable and provided by eyewitnesses.

It is important to understand that the body of Jesus of Nazareth was not stolen and hidden away to deceive anyone. The scriptures say that God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believed on him could have eternal life.( John 3:16).While Jesus was on our earth, even during his death of three days, he was under the care of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Also, the scriptures say that angels were present at his tomb. In addition, Pilate gave instructions that guards be stationed at the tomb. Jesus’ resurrection was a physical resurrection, not just a spiritual one as some have argued. Jesus was resurrected and seen by many people.

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on Sunday morning and found the tomb empty. An angel was there and explained to her what had taken place. Among several sightings were two women returning from the tomb, (Mathew 28:9-10): two disciples on the road to Emmaus,(Luke 14:13-32);  Peter in Jerusalem, (Luke 24:34) ;  disciples and followers in a locked room in Jerusalem, (John 20:19-23) ; seen by 500 believers at one time, (1 Corinthians 15:16) ; Finally, he walked with his disciples and ascended into heaven.

The above may be hard to believe if you deny the existence of anything incorporeal. However, God does exist. That’s how we got here. We’re not here by accident. We will never fully understand how the universe, all the planets, and our earth came to be, but we need to give credence to the the idea that God exists and loves us as shown by the death of his son.

Jesus said, ” I came that you might have life and have it abundantly”.  (and that would include eternal life).(John 10-10).

Archaeology is an interesting study, but its not possible to ever have contained Jesus in an ossuary. In Revelation 1:17-18, Jesus speaking says, “….Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore…. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death”.

“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures”. ( 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Start a dialogue with Him. Talk to Him. Ask Him to forgive your sins, and make Him a friend and Lord of your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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