Theories of Jesus' Resurrection

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Theories of Jesus' Resurrection

Theory: Jesus did not really die, He only swooned, therefore the disciples saw only a revived or resuscitated Christ. But instead of actually dying, He only fainted (swooned) from exhaustion. After several hours, He revived in the coolness of the tomb, arose, and departed.Evidence Against This Theory: * This theory defies what we know about asphyxiation. * If asphyxiation didn't kill Jesus, then the spear surely would have. * If this theory were true, then Jesus would have had to escape the tomb and overtake His guard. THE PHYSICAL CONDITION OF CHRIST AFTER CRUCIFIXION* If Christ had only swooned, He still would have still been half dead. A great deal of time would have been needed for recuperation. In His weakened condition He could not have walked the seven miles on the Emmaus road. It would have been impossible for someone (who had only resuscitated from the agonies the Lord endured with the beatings and crucifixion) to so quickly give the impression that He was the Conqueror of death and the grave, the Prince of Life. In fact it was this belief which turned the disciples around and became the foundation of the rest of their ministries.

Theory: This theory says all of Christ’s post-resurrection appearances were really only supposed appearances because actually the people only had hallucinations. In this way, all the post-resurrection appearances can be dismissed.Evidence Agianst This Theory:* This theory ignores that, generally , no two individuals share the same hallucination. * Hallucinations are not contagious.The hallucination theory is simply not plausible because it contradicts laws and principles which psychiatrists say are essential to hallucinations. Psychiatrists claim:* Certain kinds of people have hallucinations. These are usually high-strung, highly imaginative, and very nervous people. In fact, usually only paranoid or schizophrenic individuals have hallucinations. But Christ appeared to many different types of people. His appearances were not restricted to people of any particular psychological make up.* Hallucinations are linked in an individual’s subconscious--to his particular past experiences and this was certainly not a part of any past experience.

1. Fraud Theory

Theory: The disciples stole Jesus' body from the tomb. Evidence Against the Theory: There is overwhelming evidence against this accusation. * The disciples would of had to get past the Roman soldiers standing Guard over the tomb. * The disciples would of had to move the stone away from the tomb THE LINEN WRAPPINGS AND EMPTY TOMB* Again, such a theory ignores the evidence of the linen wrappings and the empty tomb. If someone had stolen the body, they would have either taken the body and left the wrappings scattered or piled in a heap, but only resurrection could account for the position of the linen wrappings with the body absent.


3. Hallucination Theory

Theories of Jesus' Resurrenction

2. Swoon Theory


1. Fraud Theory 2. Swoon Theory3. Hallucination Theory



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